Top three tips for entrance exams

Whether for secondary schools or universities, entrance exams can be a highly stressful time for students and their families. Here are some of our favourite ways to help a candidate perform to the best of their abilities.

Know the criteria

Many entrance exams are set by the institutions themselves, making them more unique than GCSEs or A Levels. This means it is especially important to be sure of the structure and likely content of the tests. For important exams, look at past papers to get a good idea of what is likely to be asked, and prepare accordingly.

If a school does not have much experience of preparing students for particular entrance exams, it is often helpful to work with a private tutor to get the candidate ready, as they can often provide tailored one-on-one support. A private tutor will help the student attempt a few timed papers under exam conditions and mark them so that the candidate can have a clear picture of where they should concentrate their efforts.

Break down revision

In large amounts, revision can become utterly bewildering and demoralising, so it’s essential to encourage plenty of short, focused sessions. Preparation should also start well ahead of time: no one, however capable they are, can learn an entire syllabus the night before the exam.

Switching between subjects and taking breaks are other ways to keep the mind fresh and help with the retention of information.

Practical preparations

On the day of the test, make sure that the candidate is physically ready. A good night’s sleep and a balanced breakfast are vital for good performance. Make sure they take plenty of water, and allow extra travel time to cut down on last-minute stress in case of traffic jams or public transport delays. Encourage them to take a few deep breaths and show off their abilities!

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