Danish Education: 9 tips and tricks for your exam
The exam. It is the end of hard work of the modules and may help decide one’s future. Therefore, a lot is at stake for an exam and it can help to get the nerves on.
For some, the exam is a game, and for other it is a nightmare. Whether you find is easy or difficult, everyone can use a little help. We have gathered some great tips on how to take both the written and oral exam.
The written exam
- Take breaks. You have sitting by your table for some hours, so it is important to give yourself some breaks. Go for a walk to the bathroom – even if you do not have to go. The time away from the writing can give you more surplus, so the things that may seems unmanageable, can be easy to fix after some fresh are to the brain.
- Use assistive devices. Examine already before the exam, what kind of assistive devices you can bring, and which you CANNOT bring, and make it ready the day before. It is so sad to discover, that that book you could have brought, is at home on the kitchen table.
- Read the test description very carefully, so you are sure that you have not misunderstood anything.
- Make use of time. You may feel that you have completed the test when half of the time is up, but when it is an exam, the assignment cannot be read enough times – even if it is the fourth time you read corrections. Take a break if necessary, go to the bathroom and then read it again.
When the written exam is (well) completed, it is time to look froward to the oral exam. Here it is about to talk and represent on danish, so it is very important to train the language and performance.
The oral exam
- Make sure to make a good entrance. Smile a take a deep breathe. Remember to give both the teacher and censor the elbow (not the hand in these corona-times), it will make a good first impression, and helps to make the mood more relaxed and positive, which can be a help through the exam.
- Ask questions: “Excuse me, can you ask the questions again?” or “will you be kind to elaborate your answer?”. These are sentences that are useful, if you are either unsure of the questions and want to hear it again, or if you just need a few seconds more to think about your answer. In this way you can win some time.
- Eye contact. Look both your teacher and censor in the eyes. When you look them in the eyes, you show them self-confidence and that you are present. If you on the other hand have a flickering gaze and trying to avoid eye contact, it will send a signal that you are unsure.
- Start with an outline of your presentation. You will show both your teacher and censor, that you are sure in your presentation, and knows what you want. If you get stock along the way, you will have something to get back to.
- Control the conversation. If there is a topic that you are unsure in, or a question that you cannot answer, then direct the topic to something that you know more about, and that you are sure in. It will show both surplus and self-confidence.
For both the written and oral exam there are of course a common factor that comes into play. It is all about preparation. If you have not prepared enough, your anxiety will naturally be bigger, because your uncertainty most likely are too. The more you have it under control, what you are going into, the bigger the self-confidence, and thus you increase the chance to get a successful exam.