Preparing for assessments
Many of our courses will equip you to take one or more professional exams (please check with your tutor if you are unsure if your course has any exams). While you are under no obligation to take exams, it may be the only way to gain your final qualification.
Exams become much easier when you have prepared properly, and there are a few techniques you can use to help with this. Remember, 'revision' literally means seeing something again, so there shouldn't be anything new for you to take in at this stage. If you are still learning new concepts then you might wish to take your exam at a later date when you feel more comfortable with the subject matter. Your tutor can help you determine if you are ready for an exam.
Remember that our Exams & Membership team are here to help you:
- Find and book exam venues
- Organise membership of relevant professional bodies if required for your exam
- Provide appropriate instructions for every exam and venue
- Handle re-sit bookings (fees not included in course price)
- Make venues aware of any special needs requirements
- Organise awarding body certificates
The Exams & Membership team's contact details can be found in the Resources section of the VLC, under Useful Contacts.
Once your exam is booked, here are a few tips to help you plan for the big day:
- Make a structured revision timetable and give yourself plenty of time to cover all the topics in the course. Set aside time for each area of the course and focus on the key points you need to remember and understand.
- Start the revision session by studying your notes or mind maps on that topic and then put them to one side. Taking a fresh piece of paper, see if you can remember the relevant information.
- If possible, talk through your notes or mind maps with another person, expanding on the keywords in front of you. If you can explain the topics in this way you have obviously understood them well.
- It's better to tackle revision in short blocks of time. An hour a day is much better than a six-hour marathon session at the weekend. It's the drip-drip-drip approach that makes information stay in your head for good.
- We recommend that you use the mock exams and practice papers on the VLC so you know exactly what format the exams will take and the types of questions you will be asked. Ask your tutor if you need any more information on these.