Preparing for the exam
The exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions, each
question having 5 options. No negative marking is used.
- Compile a study plan which shows the hours/days you
want to spend preparing for the exam and which
of the following revision materials you want to use:
If you haven't already completed these during the practicals, you might
also want to have a look at the On-line Normalisation practical,
the On-line ER practical and the two Revision Quizzes on the
- Revision Questions
(Questions which can be answered by finding the relevant information
in the lecture notes)
- Multiple Choice Quiz
(With answers and explanations)
- Past Papers
(Some of the year 2002 exams have the answers at the back. Ignore the
older exams because they have a different format.)
- It is highly recommended that you work through at least
1 past paper. You should measure the time you need to complete
the exam. In the real exam you will have two hours.
If you look at more than one past paper, you will notice that some
of the questions repeat. Thus there is no need to look
through all of the past papers.
- Plan the strategies you are going to use during the exam:
How are you going to keep time? Are you going to answer the
questions in the order in which they appear, are you going to attempt easier
questions or questions about certain topics first? Etc.
- If you have, in the past, experienced any problems with exams (not
enough time to finish, problems concentrating, panic attack), you should
address these before you go to the exam. There are exercises you can do
to overcome these problems (time management, mental preparation for
exam situations). Have a look at
Napier's Study Skills
website or do a search on the web for '"exam preparation" "study skills"'.
In severe cases, contact the Academic Support Adviser for advice.
- You will be writing your answers on an electronically readable
paper. You need to bring a pencil with you to the exam.
If you have a visual or other problem which would make it difficult for
you to read and write on the electronically readable paper that is printed
in red ink, please, inform the lecturer about this before the exam.
During the exam
- No negative marking is used, thus you should attempt all
- Choose one answer for each question.
- You are allowed to write on the exam paper. You can underline
text while you read or
cross out answers while you eliminate them.
- Read the whole question before making choices.
The first plausible answer is not always the correct one.
- If several answers are very similar focus on the differences.
- It is sometimes better to approach multiple choice questions
by eliminating the false answers instead of searching for the correct
one right away.
- Pay attention to whether the question asks for a true answer
or whether it asks you to find the answer which is NOT true.
- On the electronically readable paper,
if you change your mind about an answer, mark the new choice and
circle the correction.