Exam writing tips
Physical and Mental Preparation
- Do not “cram” especially the morning of the exam.
- Try to duplicate the exam environment when you study (e.g. do not study in bed).
- Write a practice exam.
- Do you need an appointment to write the exam?
- Organize tools the day before the exam.
- Get plenty of sleep and eat properly.
- Limit caffeine intake.
- Allow extra time/plan to arrive early.
- Plan route/drive slowly.
- Dress comfortably.
- Consider availability of parking.
What to Bring
- I.D., current medical, letter of recommendation, proof of experience and training.
- Appropriate payment.
- Pencils, eraser, navigation ruler, protractor.
- Approved calculator, flight computer.
At the Counter
- Confirm you have brought all the required items (see above).
- Smile/be polite.
- Ask questions/confirm any ambiguities.
- Confirm you are writing the right exam (English, French, Both).
- Confirm you have the correct appendices, maps, abbreviation list and dictionary.
- Be prepared for delays at the desk.
- Have a good attitude.
Getting Organized in the Room
- Expect one-way mirrors or surveillance cameras.
- Organize your tools/take a few deep breaths.
- Write down formulae that you think you might forget.
- Take time to read the instructions carefully.
- Scan the entire exam before answering any questions.
- Make note of your starting time and keep track of your time as you go along.
- Don’t rush.
- Save time consuming and difficult questions until the end.
- Don’t dwell on questions you are unsure of/keep going.
- Save time for review at the end.
- It is not necessary to fill out a flight log.
- If you need help, ask right away (e.g. question is smudged, pen ran dry, computer or calculator broken, you need more paper, etc.).
Reading the Question
- Read every word.
- Read the question at least twice before answering.
- Understand what is being asked/check for key words.
- Cover the answers until your answer is formulated.
- Draw a picture if it will help you visualize the situation.
- If computations are involved, estimate the answer, then compute it exactly.
The Four Responses/Answering the Question
- Consider each answer as a true or false statement.
- Use a process of elimination.
- Choose the most correct response.
- Double check the number on the answer sheet.
“How Goes It” List
- Do the easy questions first.
- Make a list of unsure and unanswered questions.
- Keep your eyes on the time.
- Answer all questions/do not leave any questions blank.