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Benefits of Studying Past Exam Papers

Studying past papers are a valuable part of exam preparation and help keep revision focused on important themes whilst practicing exam style questions.

Past exam papers are one of the most helpful tools available to prepare for both internal and external examinations as they provides students with practical insight into how the forthcoming exam paper is likely to look and the key themes or subject areas most likely to be covered. Before starting revision for a subject it is always worth taking time to seek out past papers.

There are many benefits associated with using past exam papers including the following:

  • Helps understand likely exam time length;
  • Indicates typical number of questions;
  • Identifies number of choices provided;
  • Helps work out time required for each question;
  • Identifies style of exam questions (short-answer, multiple choice or essays);
  • Helps practice exam techniques;
  • Helps identify key subject areas to focus on in revision.

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