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GSAT tips from the education ministry

Published:Monday | March 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Happy faces at Duhaney Park Primary School in St Andrew before the Grade Six Achievement Test last year.


GSAT TIPS (General)


1. Students should gather materials needed for the examination from the previous night to avoid searching for things on the morning of the exam. Searching can cause you to become flustered.

2. Students should not study on the night before the examination. This may result in an overload on the brain and can cause temporary memory loss.

3. Students should go to bed early the night before the exam. A good night's rest is important to you functioning at your best the next day.

4. Students should have a healthy breakfast on the morning of the exam, but should not overeat.

5. Students should arrive at the examination centre early on the morning of the examination. This will help you to relax and settle down. Arriving just in time to go in the exam room or, worse, arriving late, can cause you to get agitated and unnecessarily nervous.

6. On entering the examination room, students should remain calm and pretend they are in a regular class.

7. Students must read examination questions carefully before providing answers.

Check to ensure that you have answered the entire question for each test: mathematics and language arts - 80 questions; science and social studies - 60 questions.

8. Students must ensure that the number that is being shaded on the answer sheet matches the number in the test booklets.

9. Students should draft a plan before writing an essay or story. Use your time wisely and do not hurry because persons sitting next to you have finished.

10. Students should pray! Praying helps to calm you, and faith in God increases your self-confidence.



GSAT TIPS (Communication Tasks)



Responding to the tasks


Some students become excited to see a question that they know so much about that they decide to explain everything they know about that topic. They do not pay all that much attention to the specifics of the question, just the major topic that the question was asking about. Before students begin responding to the questions, teach them to:


1. Read the Question


This sounds too obvious to mention. But every year, some students proceed to reel off a prepared answer without considering whether what they are writing actually addresses the question asked. This will be immediately obvious to anyone reading the essay. Read the question several times to make sure you understand what it is asking.


2. Analyse the Question


When they have read the question, they should then analyse it. This is vital. Look for key words (the issue to be considered) and topic words (the subject matter) and they can ensure that they actually answer the question rather than provide a simple narrative of events.


3. Planning/prewriting


The biggest mistake most students make in their writing - especially when it comes to a timed exam - is believing that they need to plunge into writing because time is of the essence. Time is precious, and that's why they would want to take a couple of minutes to plan. If asked to write a story, plan the beginning, middle and end, bearing in mind the requirements of the prompt. For example, they may be asked to include some lines from the prompt at the beginning, middle or end of the story.