Dos and Don’ts on Exam Day

General Guidelines

  1. Read the question papers very carefully.
  2. The exam hall can be overtly cooled down. Carry a warmer.
  3. Have a full breakfast. Avoid non-vegetarian food to avoid stomach discomforts.
  4. Do not often look at the wall-clock fixed to scare you during the exam.
  5. Do not fail to submit your papers in time. You will not get an extra minute when each test ends. If you exceed time and fail to submit your papers, you will have violated a very important rule. That’s considered as malpractice. Your result can be disqualified.
  6. Do not speak to anyone during the exam. That’s malpractice.
  7. Do not help anyone during the exam. Just mind your own business.


  1. Summarize Text A, B, C and D of Part A. You can summarize by underlining important words.
  2. After summarizing, start from Q 1. You needn’t read the texts again.
  3. For Part B, apply M1, M2, E1, E2 and S2 methods.
  4. If a question is tough, proceed to the next Question.
  5. In most cases, the exact words are not asked. You will have to know the synonyms of the words in the question and text.


  1. Apply the same Melon Listening strategy. As you listen to the audio, keep comparing each sentence. Apply M1 and E1 of the Melons.
  2. Sometimes, do not expect the same word in the audio.
  3. While attempting one question, do not think about a previous question.


  1. Do not be in a hurry to say, “I understand your concern.”
  2. Ask a few questions to the patient, gather information and then say, “I can understand your concern.”
  3. Have sympathy.
  4. Do not scare the patient.
  5. If the patient (interlocutor) is angry, stay cool.
  6. If you do not know what to say, tell the patient, “for this, I am arranging a meeting with our dietitian right away.”
  7. Have a pleasant face. Do not think about the previous answer nor worry about the next question.


  1. You have 5 minutes to go through the case notes. Only after this 5 minutes you can write.
  2. You should not hurry to writing the letter. First mark all the PPRRAADDWK on the case notes. This is done because no vital information will go unnoticed.
  3. Start with DADS order – Date, Address, Dear and Subject (Re:)
  4. Start the first paragraph. There should be at least 2 sentences and the first sentence should have the purpose and the second sentence should have the present condition + recovery status. You can write a third sentence with the patient’s discharge status.
  5. Change the language based on the recipient.
  6. Do not scatter. Medical information should be in one place.
  7. Have a clean handwriting.

Written by Biju John

Love for English begins with understanding its unknown rules. Biju John lives on the internet, teaching OET, IELTS and PTE. More than a million students have thanked him from their heart.

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