Time allowed: 15 minutes



A  student who read the post on exam paper combinations, sent in an email asking about utilising  the 15 minute reading and planning time during the exams.

He, and a few of his friends had been told  that students are only allowed to read, and  highlight the question paper. 

During the reading and planning time, only the question paper may be annotated….”  The misunderstanding may have stemmed from the understanding of annotated. It means to highlight, make (explanatory)notes on, to comment on.

As long as a student is not writing in the answer booklet (during the 15 minute reading and planning time), any notes made in the question paper is fine.  You may even start with noting down answers to any of the questions.

You will not be breaking any rules if you write answers/answer points/make copious notes in the margins, at the back, or anywhere else in the question paper.

Please leave a comment on how you utilise the 15 minute reading and planning time.


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One thought on “Time allowed: 15 minutes

  1. Depending on the paper, I usually scanned through all the questions and thereafter note down relevant formula, model, acronym, or concept I know I may forget due to the pressure felt when actually writing the paper. Of course, I would not recommend attempting to begin answering the answers to all the questions within the 15 minutes – I would choose the questions I can answer and note down the salient points as described above (formula, model… etc).

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