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How to answer exam questions

Here are some tips for answering exam questions effectively and maximising your chances of getting the most marks:

Read the question carefully

Before you start writing your answer, make sure you understand the question fully. Pay attention to any keywords, such as "explain", "compare", or "evaluate", and make sure you address them in your answer.

Plan your answer

Take a few minutes to brainstorm and organise your thoughts. This can help you avoid rambling or going off-topic, and ensure that you cover all the important points.

Use examples

When appropriate, use examples to illustrate your points. This can help make your answer more concrete and demonstrate your understanding of the material.

Be concise

While it's important to cover all the key points, don't waste time on irrelevant details or unnecessary information. Stick to the point and be concise in your writing.

Use clear language

Make sure your answer is easy to understand and well-organised. Use clear, concise language, and avoid using overly technical jargon or terminology unless it is necessary.

Support your answer

Whenever possible, support your answer with evidence, whether it's from the text or from other sources. This can help demonstrate your understanding of the material and make your answer more convincing.

Review your work

Before submitting your answer, take a few minutes to review it for spelling and grammatical errors, and to make sure you've addressed all the key points in the question.

Remember that the most important thing is to demonstrate your understanding of the material and your ability to apply it to the question at hand. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of getting the most marks possible on your exam. If you would like additional support in answering your exam questions, contact Prepped on 01284 658777 or email


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