I have marked many exams in my time as a university lecturer, and it’s a really eye-opening experience from a teacher’s point of view. It is astounding to see that so many students do not understand how to present their exam answers. Furthermore, I have seen so so many students lose a substantial lot of marks from the examiner simply not being able to read or understand what the student has written.
I have written this post to be a general guide for all students in high school and university. While there are some subtleties between marking schemes for these two levels, the core principals are the same.
Here’s the secret to examinations:
Presenting your exam answers can be just as crucial to getting good marks as knowing the exam content.
Why presenting your information well is important:
If YOU look back on an old test or exam, and YOU don’t know what you’ve written – how can you expect an examiner to decode your answer?
So now you understand WHY presenting your answers well is important, now here are some points to address:
Now go and blow those examiners away with your intelligent & immaculate exam answers!
I think it’s important for me to state that I have never marked VCE or HSC exams (yet), although I have studied the Exam Assessment Reports by VCAA. My experience is purely working at a university level, however I worked closely marking exams for a colleague who was a former member of the Science Advisory Panel for the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) who also wrote the exams I marked.
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Amelia has been a Chemistry Educator since 2002, and is passionate about making learning simple. She believes that ANYONE can learn ANYTHING they want if they have the drive and interest and are willing to do the hard yards.