Read through the exam
As soon as you get the exam read through the whole exam once.
By reading through the whole exam you will
know what is expected of you;
prioritize items on the test;
pace yourself.
Carefully read the instructions
Make sure you are answering the question that is being asked!
Often students know how to solve a problem, but they misread or misinterpret the question
itself;
Check that you have correctly rewritten the problem
If you use a scratch piece of paper make sure that you correctly rewrite the problem.
Don't skip steps. Start from the beginning;
Clearly write each step of the solution
Be neat and don't rush writing numbers down. Keep checking your solution as you are
working. Neatness makes it easier to recheck your work;
Double check your math, especially your calculator entries
Double check your calculator work immediately. The chances of hitting a wrong number
are high, but the chances of hitting the same wrong number are not;
Don't Dilly Dally
If you get stuck on a problem move on and come back to it later. When you are finished
recheck all your work.