Scholarship exams can be stressful unknowns if you don’t do careful preparation. However, it can be reassuring to know that there is much more you can personally control than you might realise. Let’s explore some of the ways you can manage scholarship exam preparation and perform at your absolute best!
- Understand what the process is. Knowing what the scholarship exam is likely to address is the key to your success. Simply aiming to improve your general skills is unlikely to translate to success in an exam environment – you need to know what skills they are assessing, and this is likely to be slightly different in each scholarship exam. Do all the research necessary to inform yourself and find out exactly how the scholarship exam will run – even talk to others who have previously completed the same exam.
- Practise! Practice tests are your friends. See if you can find practice tests from the institution(s) where you are applying, and if not, seek out similar institutions which have published practice exams. Start out by completing tests, and then slowly progress to testing yourself under exam conditions. Exams can be long and difficult to complete. Forcing yourself to work under time constraints ensures that you won’t be confronted by the same kind of stress in the actual exams, as you have already worked on this ability.
- Focus on key areas. Depending on the scholarship exam which you are aiming to sit, make sure you are targeting the specific areas which you know you could improve in. All of the areas are skills which can be developed upon – so don’t leave it up to chance! These are some of the most common areas which will come up in scholarship exams:
- Verbal reasoning, essay writing and English skills
- Abstract reasoning
- Numerical reasoning and mathematics
- Reading comprehension
- Consider getting a tutor. A tutor who is specialised in scholarship exam preparation will be able to guide you, from motivation and encouragement, to practice tests, to practical advice, to letting you know the areas in which you need to improve. Look for an experienced tutor who knows the scholarship exam system well and has all the tools to help you succeed.
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