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One thing you don’t want to do is get discouraged. In addition, don’t let yourself get carried away by how you feel you did in an exam, especially if you feel really confident. Feeling extremely confident and finding out you failed can surely take its toll.
Also, asking yourself the below twelve questions and answering with brutal honesty will tremendously guide you on what to do next. Depending on your answers, adjust accordingly and don’t make the same mistakes twice. If you have enough time, give yourself a break between studying sections (even if it’s the same one) so that your brain can recover. Then, hit the books on the same section you failed (unless your far deep into another section) but with new vigor and new game plan, if necessary. Supplementing your material with additional questions will surely help as well.
Did I really have enough time to study?
Did I really understand the material?
Did I use current up-to-date study material?
Did I do enough practice questions?
How do I best learn material and am I using the most effective study methods for me?
Am I really satisfied with my current review program?
Do I really understand why I’m choosing the correct answer and why I choose wrong answers in my practice questions?
Did I take shortcuts and not study things I should of and/or underestimate how much a subject area is tested on?
Did I freak out when taking the exam and unnecessarily stressed myself out?
Did I execute proper time management?
What areas did I struggle with while taking the exam?
What areas does my score report say I did weaker on?
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