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Preparation for Exams

At the IT University, you can experience a number of different exam forms, either oral, written or a combination. Depending on the type of exam, you need to prepare in different ways.

If you are sitting for a written exam with all written and printed aids, you may want to prepare differently than if you are preparing for an oral exam without time for preparation at the examination.

It is important to be well-prepared for an exam, as it will not only enhance your chances of performing well, but it will also help to handle possible exam nervousness.

Exams as evaluation

Hear how associate professor, Gitte Stald, and Head of Department, Lone Malmborg, explain how exams are evaluation:


Tips for exam preparation:

  • Begin your exam preparations from the beginning of the semester. The earlier you begin, the better you will be able to create an overview of the exam curriculum.
  • Make clear what you are expected to be able to do. Exams are rarely just about being able to report the course literature, but also about what  you are able to do with it. The Intended Learning outcomes can be a useful way to understand what you are expected to be able to do at an exam. Read more here.
  • Use the exam preparation as an opportunity to learn. You can stage yourself as either the victim of an exam, or as the driving force for new knowledge. Choose the latter!
  • Know when you peak! Plan your exam preparation to make sure you are mentally ready for the exam and know under which circumstances you perform best.
  • Read the literature to understand it! Do not just read the course curriculum to memorize it. Work with it to understand it, and compare it to what you already know.
  • Accept your nervousness! Being nervous can actually help you perform better, and it is completely normal to get nervous at an exam.
  • Train your communication skills. Work with your voice, gesticulations, pace and how you present yourself.
  • Your lecturer and external examiner ask questions to help you fulfill the course goals. Enter the discussion with a positive attitude and do not be afraid to ask them to elaborate or rephrase their questions if you need it.