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Understanding exam instructions / rubrics

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Rubrics are the instructions that are used in your tests - they might ask you to put a list of words in order, or answer a question, or tick boxes. They are carefully designed to help the examiner measure what you know.

Sometimes they are given in English, but usually they will be in French. You may be worried that you could make a mess of an exam question, not because you haven't revised, but because you don't understand what is being asked of you.

Don't worry too much. You are not alone in being anxious. Other candidates feel the same as you. So does your teacher and so do the examiners! Their job is to make the instructions they give you clear and easy to follow, not to catch you out.

Find the list of instructions / rubrics

All exam boards publish a list of rubrics that will be used in their exams. The list is for your teacher - and for you! It is very important that you have this list so that you can get used to it over a period of time. If you do not have the list yet, ask your teacher to give you a copy. If this is not possible, contact your exam board and they will send you one.

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