Whatever it is that you are studying and being tested on, no matter your age, exams can be a stressful time. It’s fair to say that handwriting in exams is important.
You are going to want to perform your best and to get the best grade possible. However, putting this pressure on yourself can only lead to you not quite achieving what you had hoped. The examiner who is marking your work is going to rely on what they read in order to give you a mark.
Previously, this was done by marking the physical written paper. In modern times, the exams are scanned into a computer system and marked virtually. This means that the examiner can zoom in and out on the screen to see what you have written. However, they are still going to be trying to read your writing.
In fact, exam boards have said that if they find the handwriting on a written exam too tricky to read, this can mean that they give less marks for the hard work that you have put in.
How do you make sure that handwriting exams is legible?
Are you worried about your handwriting for an exam? Or perhaps the handwriting of your child? If this is the case, then you might want to learn more about how to improve handwriting for exams. Even if it is just to make sure that it is legible.
Firstly, keep the letters that you are writing as consistent as possible, this includes their size.
Of course, when handwriting is taught, we always say to make sure that you think about how tall the letters are as well as how they sit on the line. However, when it comes to handwritten exams, it is more important that what you have written is readable. Not that it is written in the correct way.
If you are worried about your writing being too cramped up to read, you can ensure that you have lots of space on the page.
You can leave larger word spaces than you normally would and if you are really concerned then you can always write on every other line.
Secondly, think about the pen or pencil that you use during the exam. You need to be comfortable holding it for a period of time. If you have a pen that you need to press heavily with, your hand may get fatigued quicker.
You also need to ensure that you take your time when writing up your answers. An exam is designed to challenge you and show what you know. Remember, it is not set to be an impossible task.
The last thing that you should do is panic about how much time you have and then make a mess of the writing that you are presenting.
Finally, it is vitally important that you take breaks from writing during the exam. Stretch out your fingers and ensure that they let go of the grip of the pencil and re-position the muscles.
Handwriting in exams isn’t necessarily something that you will be checked on. However, that doesn’t mean that it is something that you don’t need to pay attention to. If you’re worried read more about our 1-to-1 online lessons.
Keep your handwriting in exams neat and easy to read and you can make sure that you get the best chance at getting good grades.