Preparing to sit an English Exam
Aim to finish your preparation at least one full day before the exam, and don’t be tempted to cram in some last minute revision; it simply doesn’t work for most people, and serves as nothing more than a psychological support. What you already know will not mysteriously disappear overnight; besides, last minute cramming can be counter-productive, especially when it leads to confusion and doubt. Better to spend the day before an exam doing something fun and relaxing, and certainly nothing whatsoever to do with English. Giving your brain a rest from English will help it process and organize what you have previously reviewed.
The day of the exam is another matter. Having first had a good night’s sleep, try to create an English “environment” from the moment you wake up. Listen to an English radio broadcast, or watch an English TV program or movie. You don’t have to pay much attention to whatever you have chosen, just have it there as background noise to help your brain adjust to operating in English. If possible, try to minimize, if not totally eliminate, your exposure to Chinese before the exam. This way, you won’t have to switch your brain into English mode when the exam starts and then wait for it to warm up. Sounds crazy, but it really does help.