Look at the active verbs in the assignment—they tell you what you should be doing. You may have to try two or three outlines or clusters before you hit on a workable plan. Look at the question from the last exam.
How much planning time you should take depends on how much time you have for each question and how many points each question is worth.
Two sentences will almost always suffice, but make sure they are complete sentences. But be realistic—you want a plan you can develop within the limited time allotted for your answer.
Organization and neatness have merit Before writing out the exam: Write down their key words, listings, etc, as they are fresh in your mind. In fact, it is a big part of the learning process. This may seem unfair, but keep in mind that instructors plan exams to be reasonably comprehensive.
Start by answering the easiest question, progressing to the most difficult at the end.
Use every advantage you are given. Why is the identification term or object important?
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