Do you have no idea about the question paper format for IGCSE exams? Are you clueless and don’t know what IGCSE exams are like? Do you wish you had Aladdin’s Genie who you could summon by rubbing a lamp and get all your IGCSE questions answered?
Well, you can find the answers to the first two questions in IGCSE previous year question papers but we are afraid no one can help you with the third one!
IGCSE previous year papers are a treasure chest of useful information, in addition, to do’s and don’ts for students of IGCSE board.
However, there are certain tips and suggestions that you must follow to make the most out of the wealth of information that they have to offer.
Therefore, read along and follow these tips from IGCSE experts regarding how to revise past papers in the best manner possible:
Solved Past Papers
Previous year papers spread light on the question paper format, the kind of questions to expect, and the marking scheme. However, they do not show how to write your answers to score maximum marks or the correct answers.
Therefore, you must try and get hold of solved previous year papers for getting useful information on both the questions to expect in IGCSE Exams and the answers expected out of you. They will also help you in figuring out the mistakes that you must avoid.
How to Revise MCQs
IGCSE exams for some subjects include MCQs. When you practice the MCQs for these subjects then solve them on your own first and only after that, tally the answers. Do not look at the right answer without trying to solve it on your own first.
Once you are done solving the MCQs make sure that you cross-check the answers yourself. Moreover, highlight all the questions you answered incorrectly and revise them more often than the rest of the paper.
Solve the Papers and Get Them Checked
Past papers can be very good for practice, you can test your knowledge and writing skills before sitting for the final exams by solving some of these papers.
After you are done solving your paper get it checked from your tutors for errors and corrections. At Pasxcel, we are always there to check your answers to previous year papers or anything else that you need.
Time Your Timing
For performing well in IGCSE exams you need to have the art of timing. You should know how much time to devote to different sections of the question paper and also finish it in time for the minimum of one revision.
You can acquire that sense of perfect timing by practicing on previous year papers. Solve the papers in one go under the time limit prescribed by IGCSE.
Look for Important Questions
You can figure out the important questions or topics that are most likely to come in exams with the help of past papers. While browsing through them, watch out for often repeated questions or topics over the years.
While preparing for your IGCSE exams, see to it that you prepare answers to these questions. Study these topics thoroughly and ensure that you are well prepared when they appear on your exam paper.
Consult the Syllabus
Needless to say, you should try and solve as many previous year papers as possible; however, be careful when you pick up previous year papers that are more than four to five years old. In that case, do tally the topics covered in them with your prescribed syllabus.
IGCSE keeps changing and updating the syllabus after about a couple of years. Therefore, ensure that the old previous papers you are solving are worth your while or not.
Follow-up on Your Doubts
Take note of all the doubts and questions that arise when you solve your previous year’s papers. There might be questions that you are unable to understand, are unsure about how to answer or there might be questions on topics you haven’t covered in class.
Whatever the case, make notes of all your queries and doubts to clarify them with your teachers and tutors. At Pasxcel, all your tutors are more than eager to help you through all your queries related to previous year papers and otherwise.
Work on the Weaknesses
After you get your answers to previous year papers corrected by the teachers and tutors, sit down and study the feedback carefully. Identify your weaknesses or concepts and topics you need to study more than others.
Save your answers to previous year papers corrected by your tutors. Keep reviewing them through the term and make it a point to include them in your revision schedule right before the examinations.
Make a List of the Do’s and Don’ts
Once you get your answers to past papers analyzed from the tutors and thoroughly go through sample solved papers then sit down and study them properly.
Having done that, make a list of the do’s and don’ts based on the two sets of answer sheets. For instance, the list of ‘do’s’ could include suggestions made by the tutors and ‘don’ts’ could include the silly mistakes that you repeat.
Do not lose this list, save it properly and read it before you attempt your final exams.
Solving and scrutinizing previous year papers efficiently is not only important but can also be the difference that leads to an A*.
If for some reason you couldn’t prepare well, just sit down and study as many solved question papers as possible and they will save your day.
Truth be told, then previous years’ papers are the next best thing after genie in a bottle for IGCSE exams. So make the most of them.