Last Minute Admissions Test Tips

By Jess King



For essay subjects

* PLAN your essay

* Structure essays thematically, not chronologically

* Annotate the unseen extracts and pull out interesting discussion points

* Make connections between unseen extracts, drawing comparisons between them

* Evidence all of your statements/arguments with quotes from the unseen extracts

* Leave enough time to read/analyse the unseen extract and to write your essay


Multiple Choice

* Don't leave any answers blank

* Eliminate answers you know are wrong and then analyse the options left

* Revisit curriculum notes/material the night before to keep them fresh in your mind


Maths/Science

* WRITE down your workings out, even if you don't reach the right answer, being able to see how you approached the question is really important

* Divide time equally between different sections of the paper, e.g. Maths and Physics papers will be weighted equally


For every subject

* READ the question

* Analyse the question - make sure you 100% have in your head what it is asking

* Read over your notes the night before

* Familiarise yourself with past papers, so you are aware of the structure

* Get a good night's sleep

* In the exam, big breath in, even longer one out to calm your mind and body

* Remember, the test is supposed to be challenging, so don't panic if the answers aren't obvious!

* This is one part of lots of stages in an application process, so remember lots of areas are taken into consideration when deciding whether to invite you to interview.


GOOD LUCK!