For those of you writing ATSWA exams for the first time, you are most likely the most susceptible to mistakes. Some can be pardoned. Some cannot. There were candidates in the 2016 Sept exams [I wrote at PH centre] that were penalized for various offenses [some even asked to forgo the diet]. Imagine the stress and financial resources wasted! So pls:-
√VISIT THE TESTING CENTRE FEW DAYS TO THE EXAM
The testing centres will be on the exam advert that will be available online two months to the exam. Pls. Visit it. Know the proximity. Ask about the fastest route or maybe consider going to find accommodation around there at least for the duration of the exams. Many candidates begged and begged in vain when they arrived and the doors were shut. Guess what? It was their first time locating the venues!!! Please. Don’t be a victim. They won’t show mercy.
√PRINT YOUR DOCKET A DAY TO THE EXAM AND TAKE IT TO THE HALL
A “docket” is simply a form bearing your exam number, picture and centre. A day to the exam go to the site and CLICK ON check exam number. Fill in your student number and the form comes out. Print.
√ONCE AT THE TESTING CENTRE DON’T READ ANY TEXT. JUST REVISE NOTES
It is tempting to start “jacking” at ICAN exam centre. Why? Because you will see many “serious looking faces” doing that. Don’t follow. U will just be adding tension.
√ARRIVE AT LEAST 30MINS BEFORE THE EXAM
Because you never know. Maybe you forgot something and may need to buy it around. So come early. Exam time is 9:30am. Come by 9am.
√READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
When the paper is shared out, please read the instructions. This may not be necessary in other exams, but it is in ICAN. They do penalize for disobedience.
√DO YOUR BEST AND STOP WHEN YOU HEAR STOP!
Remember in school exams when people start writing when they hear stop? Well this is not one of those exams. Trust me. Don’t ever fall a victim to this one. Pls.