Danish Education: 9 tips and tricks for your exam
Exam. It is the end of hard work at the modules, and it can help determine the future. That is why the exam is very important, and it will make you nervous.
Going for the exam is piece of cake for somebody and a nightmare for other. We have collected some good advices, how you are going for the written and the oral exam.
The written exam
- Take breaks. You are sitting at the tables for hours, so it is important to give yourself some breaks. Go to the toilet – even though you do not need to go. The time away from the writing will give you some sufficient mental resources, so what seemed confusing might be easier to solve after a break.
- Use assistive devices. Check before the exam which assistive devices you are allowed to bring with you, and which you cannot bring with you, and make it ready the day before. It is a pity to find out that the book, you could bring with you is at home.
- Read the exam description very carefully so you are sure, that you haven’t misunderstood anything.
- Use the time. You may feel that you are done when half the time have passed. But when it is exam the assignment cannot be gone through to many times – even though you have read it 4 times already. Make it 5. You may take a break, go to the toilet and read it again.
When the written exam is (well) done, it is time to take a look at the oral exam. Here it is about your speak and presentation, so it is important to practice the language and the presentation.
The oral exam
- Make a good entrance. Smile and take a deep breath. Give hand to both teacher and censor, then you make a good first impression, which will make the situation more relaxed, and give you a good start. A nice beginning can help you through the rest.
- Ask questions. “Undskyld, kan du stille spørgsmålet igen?” or ”Vil du være sød og uddybe dit svar?” That is useful questions, if you are unsure of the question, if you want to hear it again or if you need a couple of seconds to think about the answer.
- Eye contact. Look at both your teacher and censor in the eyes. If you look in their eyes you will show, that you are confident and present. On the other hand, if you have a flickering gaze and avoid eye contact, it will send a signal of uncertainty.
- Start with a outline of your presentation. To your teacher and censor, it shows, that you are safe in your topic, and you know, what you are doing. If you get stuck in the middle of the exam, you have a guideline to support you, and both your teacher and censor can help you too.
- Manage the conversation. If there is a topic you are unsure of, or a question you cannot answer, then control the conversation to a topic you know a lot of. It shows sufficient mental resources and self-confidence.
To the written and oral exam there is common factor that applies. It is all about preparation. If you aren’t prepared, the nervousness will be bigger because you har more insecure. The more control you have for the exam the greater is the confidence.