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Exam checklist: 10 things to prepare the night before an exam

Make sure you feel prepared with this exam checklist


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Exam time can be stressful, and even when you're on top of your studying, things can still go wrong if you don't have everything you need. 

Exam checklist

Avoid any last-minute stress on the morning of the exam or in the exam hall by taking a look at this checklist and preparing the night before.

1. Timetable

Always have a copy of your timetable to hand so you know exactly what's next, where you need to be, and when you need to be there.

2. Your exam number or student number

If you don't know it off by heart, make sure to bring your exam number with you. You will need to write this on your paper, so it's important to have it.

3. Your student card or ID

Many colleges require you to bring a student card or some form of ID with you to you exam, it's important not to forget it.

4. Pens/pencils

It might seem obvious but many people have showed up to an important exam without a pen. Bring some spares in case your ink runs out, but try not to overload the desk as you might get distracted.

5. Calculator

If you need a calculator, make sure to double check you've packed it the night before, and if you can, find out the battery power so you can be sure it won't die in the exam.

6. A watch

Having a watch on your desks helps to keep track of the time. It's important to make sure you give yourself enough time for each question, and avoid spending too much time on questions that offer little marks.

7. Prepare your clothes

Make sure you have your clothes ready the night before so you're not stressing trying to find something to wear the morning of the exam. Try to go for something comfortable.

8. Special equipment

If you're doing tech drawing or any of those subjects make sure you have what you need like rulers/compass/protractor/set square etc.

9. Water

Bring some water and keep hydrated. Also bring a snack or two to fight any hunger pangs during exams and give you an energy boost.

10. Avoid tipp-ex

Try not to use correction fluids but rather put a line through a mistake you've made as examiners can still take into account any rough work you do. 

Above all else, stay calm and get to your exam early. Find out what you can do on the morning of the exam here.

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Published June 4th, 2013
Last updated August 21st, 2018
Tags exams study leaving cert junior cert
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