There is no doubt that preparation with hard work is the key to success in Olympiad examination, yet when the time comes to face the actual exam, how you act in the examination hall and write your paper become equally important with that. It is well observed that many students, though unknowingly, make some mistakes during Olympiad exams due to which they fail to score a good rank despite of having worked hard to prepare for the exam.
Considering the views of examiners’, here we are describing 7 mistakes students should avoid during Olympiad exam and best ways to avoid them.
1 – Not following a Planned Strategy
It’s a classic mistake that almost every student makes. Once they get the question paper they start attempting without any strategy or plan. This can result in spending too long on the first few questions, consequently not leaving enough time to finish the paper on time. Hence, it is necessary to scan through the entire test paper before you start attempting it. In SOF Olympiad exam, the sections have differential weightage. Achievers Section holds 2 or 3 marks per question. Try to solve those questions first. Though they are difficult in the degree of difficulty, so it is again advised not to spend long time on a single question. The brilliant way of solving questions with a planned strategy is to practice on previous years’ papers. From there, you can determine the time you should allot to solve each question.
2 – Failing to Read the Questions Correctly
Human brain has a habit of seeing what it wants to see, and this especially comes true in the high-pressure environment of the exam room. If you don’t read a question carefully, your brain might show you that question which you suppose should come. For example – In IMO exam there might be a question that asks which of these options is not a rational number? But in a hurry many students skip to read the word ‘not’ and start answering the question. Likewise, in NSO exam, many questions are based on figures, graphs, flow charts etc. Such questions need to be carefully analyzed before solving them.You can get better insight to read questions correctly by practicing more from specially designed SOF workbooks.
3 – Unfamiliar with OMR Based Exam
The pattern of SOF Olympiad exams is totally different from any school exam. It follows an objective type question pattern rather than subjective type of question pattern. In these exams, students have to mark their answers in an OMR sheet given with the question paper. At school level most of the students are unaware of OMR based exam. They mark their answers on the question paper instead of OMR sheet and leave the OMR sheet blank. Here as a parent you need to give your child a good practice of taking OMR based exam with Olympiad Skills Development System. It is a downloadable test series, having 8 papers with OMR sheets, similar to the actual Olympiad exams.
4 – Twice Answering A Question
Another common mistake that students make during Olympiad exams is marking two answers to one question. This makes both answers wrong! And cost you no mark for that question. So, mark your answer on OMR sheet carefully and make sure that each question only has one answer circled. Another blundered thing student do is when they skip a question without answering it, they forget to skip the answer number from the OMR sheet. As a result, all the responses marked from there are mismatched to their respective question number. This is most unfortunate for any student. So, MARK YOUR ANSWERS CAREFULLY.
5 – Forgetting to Write Down Your Name on Answer Sheet
Many often students forget to write down their names and other personal details on the answer sheet. This mistake can lead to NO result at all. The only way you can prevent this mistake from happening is to make sure that you write down your name and other personal details correctly before you start to write your paper. Also, remember to re-check that everything is in order before you submit your paper.
6 – Leave the Exam Hall Early
It feels great when you finish your exam well before time. But don’t leave the exam hall till the final bell rings. At this point, some students make the mistake of leaving the exam hall. Once you leave it, it’s too late – you can’t go back for marking unmarked questions. Take this opportunity to re-check and tally the entire OMR sheet again and again and make sure that you’ve answered all the questions to the best of your ability.
7 – Panic Towards the End of the Exam
If you experience anxiety and panic, you can never give your best. Many students don’t have a good time management in the Olympiads. Generally, students who don’t pay attention to time management start panicking towards the end of the exam. This is the root cause to silly mistakes and even blunders. To avoid this, attempt online tests which simulate the exam environment and you can get familiar with exam pattern and time allotted to the exam.
We know it is easier said than done, but by being extra cautious of these mistakes, you will spontaneously move higher in ranks. Trust yourself, be yourself and you can be anything.