Do they repeat the same questions from past papers?

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po10tial
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I have a few exams in January, and when I was looking at some of the past papers, I noticed that there was some sort of trend. I notice that the questions look similar.

How could I ace the exams?
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Depends on the subject. I do engineering and there's really only so much stuff they can ask. Typically the context and numbers will change, but the core meaning of the question is exactly the same as what we've done all year.


Best way to ace the exams? Learn the material.
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At my uni they often do, but from the past papers that are so old that they are not in circulation any more.
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If you know the material, the paper will be very predictable. Know they key elements you are being examined on- you're guaranteed they will come up.
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If you know the material, the paper will be very predictable. Know they key elements you are being examined on- you're guaranteed they will come up.
Yeh this. My course is easy to revise for because each seminar has its own individual topic, and there is guaranteed to be a question relating to it in the exam. I have to answer two questions so if I thoroughly revise three areas I should be alright, because even if there's one very nasty question the third topic i've covered is a safety net. It's much better than A Levels where you had to frantically cover everything because nobody had any idea what the exam board would stick on the paper.
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You can usually predict roughly the sort of question or the format of the exam - and/or the most likely topics - but you would be very unwise to think exactly the same thing will turn up every year.

If there are 4 questions you have to answer, make sure you revise 6 topics/areas etc, to give yourself the best chance of a good 'hit rate'.
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Throughout my first first term at university I noticed a few slides have "2009" in the corner, so I focused particularly on the 2009 exam in my revision. Sure enough many of the questions from that paper were in mine, some reworded, some exact. So yes, it does happen.
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(Original post by po10tial)
Hi,

I have a few exams in January, and when I was looking at some of the past papers, I noticed that there was some sort of trend. I notice that the questions look similar.

How could I ace the exams?
In short yes yes they do
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In my uni, past papers are not a valid indicator of what will be in the real exam. The exams usually take questions from the textbook + a few of the lecturer's own for good measure.
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yes all the time a good way to study is to use passed papers
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They do usually cover the same areas/topics. However, if you're doing essay style questions, do make sure to answer the question as it is written, not just a stock answer you have learnt.

Even knowing this, the only way to ace your exams is by knowing the material, and usually by showing you have done a bit of your own further reading/research as well.
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What are some good last minute tips on doing well?

Do they repeat the questions a lot? Who makes the questions and marks the university papers?
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I just finished an essay and when I was searching for some info on the topic, I came across a blog post from 2010 from a guy who had done the exact same thing then, same uni and stuff. I didn't copy his work, I did however, use it as a template.
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in short yes they do when I did my last exam I found a question copied word for word from a past exam paper they used 2 years previously which I had attempted revised and remembered part of the model answer for needless to say I chose that as one of my 3 (had to pic 3 questions out of 5 to answer)
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Past papers, what? My university course doesn't have past papers. Or if they have they haven't told us about them so they must not be available to students.
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