Other types of exams
Open-book and multiple-choice exams often seem easier than essay-writing exams, but you still need to revise or you could find yourself throwing away easy marks.
In an open-book exam, you don't have time to look up things you don't know – the books are just memory aids so you don't have to remember pages of information. In an open-book exam:
- trust what you know from your revision
- only look up key information, like quotes and formulas
- if you're allowed, place flags in key sections to save time.
In multiple-choice exams, you have to recall lots of information quickly, because you can only spend a short period of time on each question.
When revising for multiple-choice exams, focus on factual information, like definitions and multi-step processes. Working with a friend and testing each other out loud is good too.
In multiple-choice exams, it's useful to:
- read each question carefully
- predict the right answer
- read all the options before you pick one
- eliminate obviously wrong options
- spend a short amount of time on each question
- skip questions you can't answer and come back to them later.