Board papers always seem intimidating for students. Usually, this is because students do not know what to expect when going into the examination. Here are some tips to apply in the examination hall, when attempting your Final Board Exams for the 10th grade.

  • Stay calm –

When going into an exam, do your best to keep calm. Stop revising an hour before the exam, as it will cause you to panic more. Take deep breaths, drink plenty of water before going into your exams.

  • Take 5 minutes to read over your exam paper –

When you receive your exam paper, then take a few minutes to carefully read over all the questions and get an idea of how you need to go about attempting the questions.

  • Re-read the first question before attempting it –

After you have read over the entire question paper, then go back to the first question and read over it once more to ensure that you fully comprehend the requirements of the question. Only, once you have fully comprehended what the examiner is asking, start attempting the question.

  • Be mindful of your paper presentation –

Keep in mind that Board Examiners at the 10th grade level, are very particular about good paper presentation. Make sure that your presentation is outstanding; use headings, draw margins, different coloured markers and pens etc. The most important thing is also keeping your writing neat and legible.

  • Ensure the quality of your answer is at par with the number of marks assigned to each question –

If the question is of 2 marks, do not waste your time writing a full in depth explanation of 3 pages. This will waste your time, and efforts because the question is only worth two marks. Similarily, if the question is of 7 marks then do not just give a definition and call it a day. That question will require a more in-depth explanation of the topic.

  • If you get stuck, move on –

If you get stuck on a question, then do not waste your time dwelling on it. Leave some space to come back to that question later, and move on to the next question. Trying to figure out the question for too long, can waste your time and result in the inability for you to complete the rest of your paper in time!

  • If you’re not sure of an answer, then guess!

This tip is especially helpful for Section A of your exam; MCQ’s. If you’re not sure of the answer, then make an educated guess. The probability of you being correct is 25%.

  • Revise your answers at the end  –

Always manage your time so that you are able to spend 15 minutes revising your paper. This will help you identify any little mistakes you may have made, or any information which you may have omitted which is vital for the question.