How to write exams

How to write exams

A total of 3800 civil servants in Bauchi state are to participate in the 2021 promotion examination scheduled to be conducted on the 21 of December 2021 at various centres across the state.

The disclosure was made by the State Head of the Civil Service, Yahuza Adamu Haruna while declaring open, a two days sensitization training on the promotion exams held at the Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall, Bauchi on Wednesday saying that the exercise is for staff of Primary Healthcare Under One Roof (PHCUOR).

The HoS said that the conduct of the sensitization workshop was a continued demonstration of the government’s commitment towards the upliftment of the state Civil service in the area of professionalism and capacity building.

Yahuza Adamu also said that “the essence of this workshop cannot be overemphasized because the main thrust of the examination policy, aside from aiming at paving way for promotion, it acquaints civil servants with regulatory, professional and general knowledge of the civil service and the society”.

He added that, “This contributes immensely in boosting capacity and reading culture as well as increase effective performance of participants for effective service delivery”.

He then called on the participants to appreciate the good gesture of the government both within the civil service and outside by remaining law-abiding, respecting constituted authorities, being punctual, bureaucratic, honest, trustworthy, avoiding the use of foul language and negative posts against the government on the social and other media.

In goodwill remarks, Chairman, Bauchi State Civil Service Commission, Abubakar Usman stated that “to participate in this examination process is a good opportunity for the participants to interact with your colleagues and examiners in a cordial environment. It is the hope and prayers of the Commission that you will pay attention to this serious exercise and make an impact by passing the examination”.

He urged all civil servants in the state to rally round the HoS to enable him to turn around the fortune of the Civil service saying, “we are aware of the efforts of the present administration in cleaning the salary system hitherto plagued by unsavoury practices”.

Chairman of the Consultants handling the exercise, Dugge Management Services Ltd, Gambo Magaji said that the exercise is aimed at ensuring that the participants are up to date in the performance of their duties as civil servants.

He said that they have a choice of either passing the exams and getting promoted or playing with them and remaining stagnant in one grade while those who are serious will go on climbing the ladder of progression in the service.

Gambo Magaji assured them that, “the examination questions are coming from the things you will be taught by the Resource Persons during the 2 days as well as your daily routine in the office. If you want to pass, you will definitely pass, also, if you choose to fail, you will fail”.

“Don’t noise or gossip around during the 2 days of the lectures, pay attention to whatever you will be taught here and I assure you that at the end of the day, you will not regret participating in the exercise. Bauchi is one of the few states in the country that give civil servants such opportunities to develop themselves while serving”, he stressed.

Also speaking, Special Adviser on Civil Service Matters to the Governor, Abdon Dalla Gin said that since its introduction, the promotion exam has strengthened the Civil service considering that the Civil servants are being kept abreast of new developments in the scheme.

Abdon Gin said that the scheme at the initial stage faced challenges and rejection by the Civil servants and organized labour, it has been accepted now and it is growing rapidly calling on the participants to take full advantage of it in order to get promoted and well equipped for effective service.

The Permanent Secretary, Establishment and ServiCom Matters Bureau in the office of the HoS, Barr Mohammed Sani Umar said that the sensitization exercise is very important because it concerns human capital development which is a very vital component of production and development.

He said that, “As we all know, the promotion examination has the main merit of keeping civil servants up to date with the regulatory books such as the Public Service Regulations (PSR) ; Financial and Stores Regulations as well as general knowledge. You will agree with me that these are germane for ensuring effective, efficient and productive public service”.


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KWASU Vice-Chancellor, Mustapha Akanbi, made the revelation in Ilorin on Monday, while addressing a news conference to herald the eighth and ninth convocation ceremonies of the institution.

The Kwara State University, Malete, has dismissed a member of its academic staff, Pelumi Adewale, over the alleged sexual harassment of one Tosin Adegunsoye, a student of the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences of the school.

The lecturer was said to have lured the female student to his bedroom in the Basin Area of Ilorin to write her examination and to thereafter have a sexual intercourse with her before the police swooped on them and arrested the lecturer.

Kwara State University (KWASU)

KWASU Vice-Chancellor, Mustapha Akanbi, made the revelation in Ilorin on Monday, while addressing a news conference to herald the eighth and ninth convocation ceremonies of the institution.

Akanbi said that Adewale had ceased to be a staff the school for bringing the institution into disrepute.

“The security agency has taken up the case and it is in court already, but I am informing you officially that the man is now an ex-staff member of the institution. He is a disgrace to our great institution and we won’t condone such acts,” the VC said.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Adewale was on September 11 arraigned before a magistrate court sitting in Ilorin, over an accusation of sexual harassment.

The suspect was arrested by the State Intelligence Bureau over offences bordering on criminal intimidation, sexual harassment and examination malpractices.

According to the First Information Report, a petition dated October 15 by Adegunsoye alleged that in September, Adewale, a lecturer assigned to teach her a course, MLS 212 Cell and Molecular Biology, called her and threatened to fail her in her forthcoming examination if she refused to have sexual intercourse with him.

In view of the threat subsequently reported, the police instructed Adegunsoye to play along with the lecturer in order to obtain raw evidence.

The lecturer thereafter lured the student into his bedroom apartment around 8:30pm at Taoheed Road, Basin Area, Ilorin, where he gave her a new question paper and KWASU answer script to rewrite her examination with a promise to have sexual intercourse with her till daybreak.

The suspect was however apprehended in the process by the detectives who were hiding at a secured location to monitor the development.

In his ruling, the Presiding Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed, however, obliged the application of the defence and granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000.

How to write exams

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has slammed the National Examination Council (NECO) for allegedly not allowing the freed abducted students of Bethel Baptist High School Kaduna, to write their final exams, describing the act as shameful.

The association’s Vice-chairman in the North and its Chairman in Kaduna State, Rev. Joseph John Hayab, had argued that it was not the students’ fault that they missed their WAEC and NECO final examinations because they were in kidnappers den.

He noted that although the West African Examination Council (WAEC) agreed that the students who paid for the internal examination but couldn’t write it because they were kidnapped should be registered to write the November-December external examination, NECO refused.

He said, “These children missed their WAEC, they couldn’t write their WAEC. The Bethel Baptist High School students couldn’t write their internal WAEC, they couldn’t write NECO. Sadly, one of the most painful things is that we reached out to NECO and WAEC and said our children didn’t commit any crime, they were only taken away by bandits.

“What can we do since a large number of these children have come back, to write November-December external GCE as external candidates, so that these children would have some sense that, someone cares for them.

“We must give credit to WAEC, they graciously agreed that we should bring these children who paid for the internal exams and they now made them do a formal registration and capturing, and they are writing the November-December WAEC. as I speak now.”

Furthermore, he said, “But NECO that is a national examination body, didn’t even care about all our pleads. She knows what we are going through. How do you want these children to grow tomorrow and serve Nigeria if a national body that belongs to the Nigerian government will not treat them with love, will not treat them with care? Will not treat them with an understanding of their own?

“So we felt shame on NECO for not showing concern to us. Because that shows that this whole thing we’ve complained about Nigeria will continue. At this time of our need, we suppose to have the care of these examination bodies. But NECO never showed love.”

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Bauchi State Head of Service (HoS), Alhaji Yahuza Haruna, says no fewer than 3,800 civil servants will sit for 2021 promotion examinations in the state.

Haruna, who disclosed this at the commencement of a two-day sensitisation workshop for civil servants on the promotion examinations in Bauchi on Wednesday, said that the examination would commence on Dec. 21.

According to him, the exercise is aimed at paving ways for promotion and acquainting civil servants with regulatory, professional and general knowledge of civil service and the society.

Haruna, who said that civil servants on grade level 8 and above would be sitting for the examination, added that the affected civil servants were drawn from ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Establishments and Servicom Matters Bureau, Alhaji Mohammmed Umar, stated that promotion examinations were meant to keep civil servants up to date.

He said that since the inception of the exercise in 2009, the examination board had consisted of representatives of government and organised labour.

“The policy has impacted positively on the growth of the service, such as refresher training, elimination of suppression and determination of progression,” he said.

On his part, Chairman, Civil Service Commission in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Usman, urged the participants to pay attention to the resource persons at the workshop.

He said that the workshop was a good avenue for them to interact with their colleagues and the examiners in a cordial environment. (NAN)

Exams are a vital, mandatory part of your academic journey. They can represent a large part of your final grade in a course. This page features resources to help you prepare for exams, as well as key information on exam procedures, schedules, important dates, cancellation and related academic regulations.

Exam preparation

Need help preparing for exams? There are a lot of resources at uOttawa that can help.

Student Academic Success Service (SASS): Study Skills — Reviewing for Exams

Faculty mentoring centres:

Academic Support Unit: Academic GPS

Technical support during exams

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many exams will be conducted online. Here are the resources available to you during this crucial time.

To prepare – Your main resource for preparing for an exam is your professor. Ask your professor what to expect. You should also familiarize yourself with the platform that will be used. It may not necessarily be the same one for all your exams. Conduct a few tests beforehand to ensure that everything will work as planned on the day of your exam (platform, login, account, Internet connection).

During the exam – If you encounter problems after having taken all these precautions, the first resource you should turn to is still your professor. Contact the professor immediately to let them know and to get help. If the problem persists, contact the IT Service Desk by phone at 613-562-5800, ext 6555, or use the online IT Service Desk request form. They offer help from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also get help at any time through the BrightSpace platform, by chat or by phoning 1-866-811-3201.

Dates and deadlines

For many of the important dates regarding exams, check the Important academic dates and deadlines. You’ll find the date that the exam schedule is posted, the official exam period, the deferred and supplementary exam periods and the date that the official final grades are posted. Select the term you are interested in and then Grades and exams.

Exam schedule

The exam schedule is usually posted about six weeks before the exam period. The exact date it will be posted is in the Important academic dates and deadlines. You can then find your schedule in uoZone (under Applications, select My Exam Schedule).

Check your exam timetable regularly — exam times and locations can change after the initial posting. Also, make sure you look for the information about your specific course sections when checking.

Some graduate and professional courses might not appear and certain programs might have a different exam schedule. If so, contact your faculty or school or visit its website.

Official identification

Exceptionally, due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, to write your exam at the end of the Fall term 2021, you will need to show either a student card or another form of picture ID before writing your exam, such as your driver’s licence, health card or passport.

Religious accommodations

If you wish to request accommodation for a final exam based on your religious observance, you must do so within five working days of the posting of the exam schedule (see the “Important dates and deadlines”).

Cancelled or postponed exams

Special circumstances, such as closed bridges, snowstorms, bomb scares or a fire leading to evacuation, require the University to take special measures regarding a final or supplemental exam, such as those below.

Certain faculties might have stricter requirements. If so, the faculty must ensure that professors and students are aware of them.

If the University must cancel all exams on a given day

  • This decision is made as soon as possible. Students are informed by 8 a.m. at the latest on the day of the exam.
  • A notification is posted on the University home page and recorded on the Emergency InfoLine (613-562-5555).
  • Exams are then moved to the first or second weekend after the start of classes for the following term, and the new exam times are posted on the University home page.

If a chief proctor can’t make it to the exam

Copies of exams are always available at the faculty secretariat, with instructions on how to administer them, so the exam can go ahead as planned.

If certain students miss the exam because of events recognized as being out of their control by the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, or his or her representative

  • The Faculty determines, in consultation with the professor, the arrangements for a special exam. The students must then be informed as soon as possible.
  • Students who are present at the exam must be permitted to write it. The proctor should be tolerant if some students arrive late.

If there is a bomb scare or fire

The decision to evacuate exam rooms and the signal to re-enter these rooms must come from Protection Services.

Decisions concerning the exam are made on site where possible. Authorities can decide to resume the exam as soon as everyone re-enters the building, or to suspend the exam. If the exam is suspended, the faculty decides when to reschedule it.

Deferred exams

Deferred exams

Should you miss a final exam due to medical reasons, the death of a loved one or exceptional circumstances as indicated in Academic Regulation 9.5 – Justification of absence from an examination or late submission of assignments, you can be allowed to write a deferred examination. For information on how to proceed, see the web page below of the faculty offering the course. Note that some faculties have a specific form you must fill out.



Health Sciences

Complete the Request for a deferred mark (DFR) – Undergraduate courses or Request for a deferred mark – Graduate Studies form and submit it to your professor for approval. Once your professor approves your form, email your request (with supporting documentation) to your school.


Social Sciences

Submit the Request for a deferred mark form available through the Online forms portal (login required) along with your supporting documentation.

Telfer School of Management

Follow the Telfer School of Management exam deferral process, including completing the Deferred exam application form available on that web page.

Academic fraud and regulations concerning exams


Academic integrity is fundamental to all academic activities. Academic regulation 1-14 — Academic fraud defines what constitutes academic fraud and outlines its consequences, including sanctions. We encourage you to read more on academic integrity.


Be sure you know about all the University’s regulations on exams. They cover behaviour during an exam, items you can and cannot bring into an exam, justifiable reasons to miss an exam or hand in an assignment late and destruction of unclaimed exams and assignments.

CBSE Class 10, 12 board exam 2021-22: The CBSE has shifted to the two-term board-exam pattern from the academic year 2021-2022 onwards, in the wake of the ongoing pandemic situation. While the term 1 exam began on November 16, term 2 exams will be held in the month of March-April 2022.

CBSE Term 1 Board Exam 2021-22: Amid growing concern over Omicron variant of coronavirus, over 8,000 parents wrote to Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urging him to direct the CBSE to provide a hybrid option for class 10, 12 board exams 2021-22. For the unversed, the CBSE has shifted to the two-term board-exam pattern from the academic year 2021-2022 onwards, in the wake of the ongoing pandemic situation. While the term 1 exam began on November 16, the term 2 exam will be held in the month of March-April 2022. Also Read – CBSE Class 12 Board Exams 2021: Board Acknowledges Error in Sociology Paper on 'Gujarat Violence', to Take Action Against Paper Setters

‘Conducting Offline Exams Can Invite Medical Catastrophe’

Referring to the advisories issued by the government of India, the WHO and various other competent authorities, the joint letter by over 8,000 parents said that conducting offline exams under these conditions can invite medical catastrophe. “Students are not vaccinated yet, and about 3 per cent to 4 per cent of them are being tested positive for the virus despite getting vaccinated. It is estimated that the Covid virus is going to spread even more because of the festive season and the exams scheduled right after that become a super-spreader event if the same is conducted only in offline mode,” it said.

‘Right to Life or Health Shall be Priority’

In the letter, parents further stated that ‘Right to Life‘ or health shall be the priority while evaluating students of the CBSE. “Lack of choice and undue advantage is also putting a lot of students under pressure. It is common knowledge that some states are still under the red zone and hence, offline examination across India would only lead to violation of the extant Covid protocols,” the letter read.

To ensure fair assessment, parents asserted that since the entire mode of education was online, fairness and propriety require that students should get an option for online examination.

“As per your existing policy, students were supposed to come only when parents gave their consent, keeping their health or life in mind. It is beyond reason and tends to become arbitrary when this policy is not extended to examinations as well when the very objective of the fair examination is to facilitate the fair assessment of student concerned”, the letter added.

The letter comes days after the Supreme Court scrapped a petition filed by a group of students seeking directions for CBSE and CISCE to issue a revised circular for conducting the ensuing class 10 and 12 board examinations in hybrid mode instead of offline mode only amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘MakeTerm1Online’ and ‘MakeTerm1Hybrid’ Trend on Twitter

However, the students received support on social media platforms. Using hashtags ‘#MakeTerm1Online’ and ‘#MakeTerm1Hybrid’ to put forth their demands, students claimed that offline exams would pose a threat to their lives. “If we had offline classes from the starting, it was not a big deal to give offline exams like in earlier classes we did but after ONLINE classes, why exams would be OFFLINE,it’s injustice I think govt must intervene in it again”, tweeted a student.

All India JEE-NEET Students’ Association (AIJNSA) also asked authorities to make the first term hybrid. “CBSE and CISCE Students demand #MakeTerm1Hybird but respected authority is not listening to their voices”, tweeted AIJNSA.

CBSE&CISCE Students demands for #MakeTerm1Hybird but respected authority is not listening to their voices. So students & parents are compelled to do a symbolic protest at #jantarmantar tommorrow at 12:00 pm with @ActivistSukhpal & @AIJNSA_official requesting for #cancelterm1

— AIJNSA (@AIJNSA_official) November 26, 2021

Despite all these, the board has not changed its stand as yet and has clarified that Class 10 and 12 CBSE board exam 2021-22 will be held in offline mode at respective schools or exam centres with strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.

Upcoming Exam Schedules


December 2021 Final Exam Schedule with room locations

We are aware of delays faced by students accessing the Athletics and Recreation Complex during the first exam seating on December 7 at 9am, and have implemented new protocols to resolve the issues identified. We apologize for the increased stress that these delays may have caused for students writing exams at that time. We will be contacting students who lost exam writing time in the Fieldhouse sitting at 9am on December 7 th directly in coming days. Please see updates under the “Students arriving at the exam venue” section below.

COVID-19 Final Exam Safety Protocols for the December 2021 final exam period

If you have COVID symptoms, you should not come to campus, even for an exam. Please complete the COVID self-assessment form for guidance as to your next steps. If you need to request a deferred exam, you can find the process outlined here.

The exam safety protocols mean that anyone who was in the exam room with someone who later tested positive is nearly always considered a low-risk contact, as defined by Public Health. This means that you do not have to self-isolate and only need to get tested if you develop symptoms.

How to write exams

George Maponga
Masvingo Bureau
A brazen 32 year-old Chivi man has been caged for an effective 24 years by a magistrates court here after he waylaid a Form 4 girl on her way to writing her final examinations before raping and trying to kill her by stabbing her with a knife.

Francis Mureza of Macheka village under Chief Madyangove stabbed the 17-year-old complainant several times on the head and neck with a knife before pounding her head with stones, leaving her unconscious after first raping her.

Regional magistrate Mrs Judith Zuyu jailed Mureza after convicting him guilty of rape and attempted murder.

Agreed facts are that on 1 December this year, Mureza met the complainant on a footpath in Madyangove while she was on her way to sit for her ‘O’ level exams.

He grabbed the complainant from the back and carried her to a bush thicket where he raped her once.

After raping the girl, Mureza allegedly ordered her to remove her school uniform blouse and cover her face.

After removing her blouse, the complainant stood up and fled, but Mureza gave chase and caught up with her before tripping her to the ground.

He stabbed her with a knife several times before hitting her with stones, leaving her unconscious.

Mureza then took away the complainant’s cellphone, her black school shoes, a pen and a pencil and left.

The girl finally regained consciousness and alerted villagers and a report was made to the police.

The knife used to stab the complainant, her cellphone, shoes and pens were recovered from Mureza, leading to his arrest.

A medical examination also corroborated that the complainant had been raped.

This exam schedule includes class numbers and sections, instructors, the day, date, time and type of exam and room numbers.

Section types Examination types
D = day R = regular
E = evening O = open book
C = distance education S = special

Final exams — student responsibilities

It is your responsibility to:

  • attend the final examinations scheduled for your classes. Be sure to bring your SFU student ID card to your exams. If you are unable to supply acceptable proof of identify, the invigilator may deny you the opportunity to write the exam.
  • check goSFU for the most current information on your exam. We will post a paper exam schedule with room numbers at the same time at the following campus locations. If an exam change is indicated elsewhere than in the locations shown below (for example, on the door of the examination room), and is not posted at the official locations, below, you must verify the change at the department’s general office or with the instructor of the class. If it is not possible to verify a change, you must attend the examination at the originally scheduled time.

Burnaby campus

  • Student Services, Maggie Benston Centre, 3200

Vancouver campus

  • Reference desk, Belzberg Library

Surrey campus

  • Loans desk, Fraser Library

Exam hardship

You may be faced with examination hardship, which is defined as:

  • three or more end-of-term examinations scheduled within a 24 hour period
    • if and only if the start of the first exam to the completion of the last exam falls within a 24 hour period

    For three or more exams, you will be given a new exam date (within the established exam period) for the second exam causing hardship (by the respective instructor or department/faculty). If you have an exam at more than one location, advance arrangements will be made by your instructor or department/faculty for you to write both exams at a single location. You must notify your instructor(s) and department one month prior to the exam date.

    Online and Distance Education exams

    If you live within Metro Vancouver (south of Squamish and west of Chilliwack), you are required to write your exam on the Burnaby campus.

    Note: If you reside outside of Metro Vancouver, you can apply to write your exam out of town with an approved proctor.

    During an exam

    You will not be permitted to enter the examination room after the first 30 minutes or to leave within the first 30 minutes. If you arrive after the first 30 minutes, you will be referred to your department for alternative arrangements.

    Don’t bring valuables with you to exams. The University accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen items in exam space.

    Examination aids

    Aids such as calculators, reference materials, tablets, laptops, etc. may not be used unless authorized by the instructor.

    The writing part of the exam lasts for 1 hour 20 minutes (80 minutes). In this time the candidates need to write two texts of 140-190 words. This post will focus on how to write a review at B2 level to get a GREAT grade in this part of the exam


    There are 4 questions:

    The 1st task is obligatory. You must do question 1 and it is always an essay. The topics are varied, but they are usually social issues such as the environment or the advantages/ disadvantages of something.

    The 2 nd task is a choice; you can answer one question of 2, 3, 4. DO NOT ANSWER ALL OF THE QUESTIONS. The choices include: a letter (formal or informal), an email, a review, an article or a report. My suggestion is to focus on writing a formal or informal letter, a review and an article. The letter and the email are almost identical, so you cover both of them. The report is a little difficult because of the organisation and format.

    Evaluation scale:

    To say what grade you need to pass the writing part of the exam is not as easy as with the use of English and reading as the way it is assessed is fairly subjective and can be within a point of what another examiner would put. The assessment scale for the writing section of Cambridge is broken up into 4 sections:

    • Content
    • Communicative achievement
    • Organisation
    • Language

    For the content part, Cambridge states “All content is relevant to the task. Target reader is fully informed”. This means, to get full marks for content the candidate must answer the question fully and not include irrelevant information.

    For the communicative achievement part, Cambridge states “The candidate uses the conventions of the communicative task effectively to hold the target reader’s attention and communicate straightforward and complex ideas, as appropriate”. This means that the text is interesting enough to keep the reader’s attention and that the reader is informed of the ideas in the text with ease.

    For organisation, Cambridge states “Text is well organised and coherent, using a variety of cohesive devices and organisational patterns to generally good effect”. To complete with this requirement the candidate needs to organised the text in the correct format (letter, essay, email, review or article etc.) The candidate also needs to use a variety of connectives (5-8 approximately). It is important to write the text in a logical way, it needs to be easy to read and understand.

    For language refers to grammar and vocabulary usage, Cambridge states “Uses a range of vocabulary, including less common lexis, appropriately. Uses a range of simple and complex grammatical forms with control and flexibility. Occasional errors may be present but do not impede communication”. To pass this part of the assessment the candidate needs to use a range of vocabulary (they are not looking for strange and rarely used words, they want the correct word for the context), the grammar use needs to include both simple and complex (modals, conditionals, passive and relative clauses) forms with few errors.

    You should think of the writing as a checklist to make sure you complete with the task:

    1. Is it in the correct format and organisation?
    2. Have you answered the question?
    3. Is it easy to read?
    4. Have you used complex grammar forms?
    5. Are there few errors? (spelling, grammar, vocabulary)

    Look at the example texts for organisational ideas and useful phrases:

    You have seen this advertisement in a local magazine

    Movie reviews wanted

    Have you ever seen a movie that really surprised you?

    Write a film review and talk about who the main character was. Why the movie surprised you.

    And your opinion of the movie including what you lost liked about it.

    The best reviews will be published in the magazine

    Structure of a review:


    Start by stating which film you will review and why; it is a good idea to include a question


    Describe the film in brief, the plot and the characters, using interesting vocabulary


    To conclude, say who you would recommend the film to and why

    Example answer:

    The departed: film review

    Do you want to see an amazing movie about cops in the USA with an added twist? Well, the departed is a must see. It has an amazing cast with the likes of Jack Nicolson, Matt Damon and Leonardo di Caprio. It is hard to say who the main character is because there are various stories that run simultaneously throughout the movie.

    The movie is surprising because (spoiler alert!) almost all of the main characters die. In the movie there are undercover police officers infiltrated into the mafia and also many corrupt police officers on the payroll. Jack Nicolson is a mafia boss and he has an undercover policeman as one of his employees, but he also has Matt Damon feeding him information from inside the police department. The movie is tense and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.

    The movie would be suitable for anyone over the age of 18 due to its violent nature and it is a great movie to have a look into the crime world in Boston, USA. I would recommend it to everyone!

    Involving the reader:

    • Have you ever thought about…?
    • How would you feel if …?
    • What would you think of…?
    • Are you one of those people who …?
    • If the answer is …, you should….
    • What do you reckon to …?
    • What would live be like if…
    • Just think for a moment…
    • Just imagine…

    Expressing enthusiasm

    • It is so exciting (that)…
    • It is really great (that)…
    • Wow, it is awesome (that)…
    • I am delighted (that)…
    • It is thrilling (that)…
    • I am over the moon about (gerund)
    • It is awesome (that)…

    Making recommendations and suggestions:

    • It would be a good idea to…
    • Would it not be better to…
    • Why do we not…
    • What about… ?
    • How about… ?
    • Should we not… ?
    • Let us consider…
    • Why not… ?

    Example question to practice at home

    You have been asked to write a review by your English teacher:

    What is the best course you have ever done? What was the best part about it? Who would you recommend it to and why?

    1. Log in to your MyACCESS account to begin.
    2. Click on “Download Accommodations for Instructor”.
    3. Email your Accommodations List and the Fall 2021 ACCESS Accommodations Guidance to your professor(s)
      – Accommodation Guidance for In-Person Classes
      – Accommodation Guidance for Online Classes

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    ACCESS provide counseling, instruction, and accommodations for students with disabilities and medical conditions.

    Testing Center Update:

    To take a test with accommodations in ACCESS, please contact ACCESS at least 7 days before your test to schedule an appointment.

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    Accessible Technology Center

    The Accessible Technology Center (ATC) is a state of the art instructional center that is comprised of the latest assistive technologies as well as professional staff to support students in achieving their academic goals. It is home to the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program and the Alternate Media Program, the ATC also provides instructional assistance in various academic disciplines.

    ATC Winter Hours:
    Monday – Thursday: 9AM – 12PM, 1PM-5PM
    Fridays: Closed

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    Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Center

    This cultural and academic center provides a space for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students to receive the support needed to be successful at Mt. SAC. The Center has a variety of services for Deaf students.

    Mt. SAC is thrilled to announce that it has engaged Innivee Strategies, a Deaf-owned and led organization and leadership development consulting company to support Mt. SAC and its DHH Center! To learn more about the collabaration, please visit

    DHH Winter Hours:
    Monday – Thursday: 8AM – 4PM
    Friday – Closed

    Specialized Programs:

    Acquired Brain Injury Program

    ABI students are students who have an acquired brain injury and that undergo a semester (or more) of cognitive rehabilitation instruction administered by licensed Speech and Language Pathologists with that goal of reintegrating into the college to complete a degree/vocational program or pursue employment.

    Puzzle Project

    Puzzle Project is a series of workshops for Mt. SAC credit students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). During these workshops, you will learn a variety of skills that can be applied to daily life.

    How to write exams

    Many college students feel stressed and overwhelmed when a test or exam is approaching. Following our study plan and time-management tips should help you feel more prepared in the lead-up to an exam. When it comes time to study, there are many common study methods that can help enhance your exam prep, and reduce your stress. Below is a detailed list of common study methods college students use to prepare for exams.

    6 common study methods

    #1 Image-word association
    This memorization tool relies on creating a visual link to a word or concept by associating it with an image. Relating an unfamiliar term to a familiar image can help you to remember it more easily. For example, remembering that Italy is shaped like a boot can help you recall the location of different regions, cities, and landmarks.
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    #2 Acronyms and mnemonic devices
    An acronym is a combination of letters that can be used to help you memorize a term or concept. You can combine the first letter of each word of a compound term or idea to spell a word that is easy to recall. One of the most common acronyms people use every day is ASAP, which stands for as soon as possible.

    In order to remember the order of items in a series, some students create sayings that begin with the first letter of each item in that series. A basic example is the saying that younger students use to remember which order north, east, south, and west appear on a compass: Never Eat Soggy Worms. Notice how the first letter of each term correlates with the order or direction on a compass. You can come up with personal and creative ways to use mnemonic devices to study for a test. Create something that is useful and easily memorable to you.
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    #3 Hide-write-compare
    You may have used this study method when you were young and learning how to spell. You probably looked at a word, covered it, tried to write it correctly yourself, and then compared it with the correctly written word. While this seems like a simple method often used at the elementary level, it is a useful study tool at the college level.

    For example, after you have read a chapter in your textbook and written down all the important terms, you can test your knowledge to see if you remember them. Cover up the definition of each term and try writing it again from memory, or reciting it out loud. When finished, compare your answer with the correct definition. You may also find flashcards useful for this type of memorization. Creating them will give you an opportunity to review the material, and then you can categorize them based on the ones you know well, and the ones you need to review more. Repetition is key to building the neural pathways that help us remember information.

    #4 Story Telling
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    Story telling isn’t just for bedtime; it can be a helpful way to absorb information. Much of the information you already know, such as the meaning of a holiday or the founding of the United States, was presented to you in the form of a story. You’ve probably never forgotten this information because it was taught to you through narrative that you visualize in your head to this day. Storytelling also allows you to understand cause-and-effect, which can help you remember more conceptual ideas like why and how something occurred.

    Instead of looking at your textbook as full of boring facts, turn that information into an exciting story with details that can help you remember. Tell the story to yourself out loud, and to others if you find it helps. If your instructor likes to use storytelling as a teaching method, write down the details they use to help you recall information, or record the lectures to listen to when studying.

    #5 Analogy
    An analogy is the comparison of two or more things. You can use analogies to compare and contrast specific terms or ideas. There are several kinds of analogies, including parts to whole, such as a battery is to a flashlight as a keyboard is to a computer. Cause and effect analogies are also common, such as smoking is to cancer as exercise is to losing weight. While you can create your own analogies, one of the keys to smarter studying is recognizing analogies that are already in the content you are studying. With practice, you’ll become more skilled at recognizing patterns and analogies that help you digest course material.

    #6 Taking practice tests and answering practice questions
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    For exams that require you to demonstrate practical knowledge through solving math problems or answering essay questions, it’s helpful to use some of your study time to actually practice those skills. If your instructor offers a practice test, take it. This will give you the opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge to work, and make sure you understand how to solve problems or write effective answers. It will also give you a sense of how long it will take you to finish the test, so you can budget your time properly.

    If you don’t have a practice test, use problems or questions from the textbook or worksheets. Getting accustomed to doing the work will help you prepare for what you will see on the exam, and make you feel less stressed about the unknown.

    Determine when to use each study method

    While the above methods have served many college students well, some of these tips will suit you better than others. Try different methods for different kinds of courses, as your approach to a science course will be quite different from your approach to a reading-intensive course in the humanities. For example, you may find repetition helpful for an anatomy course, whereas storytelling would be best to test your understanding in a history course.

    Discerning which methods to use and when to use them will also be informed by your strengths and learning style. You might learn or retain information better by looking at pictures or charts, whereas other students benefit more from reciting terms aloud. Remember that there is no right or wrong way to study. Form a comprehensive yet flexible study approach that takes into consideration your course load and the ways in which you will be tested in each of your courses.

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    Excel on the California Bar Exam

    Previously Released Bar Exam Essay Questions

    Welcome to the past California Bar Exam past essays directory.

    To view a varying range of graded essays from the State Bar, visit . Email us for a $25 discount code at [email protected] .

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    One-Hour Essays

    90 Minute Performance Tests

    Multistate Performance Test. Property of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

    MPT February 2009
    MPT 1: Phoenix Corporation v. Biogenesis, Inc.
    MPT 2: Ronald v. Department of Motor Vehicles
    MPT Point Sheets

    MPT July 2009
    MPT 1: Jackson v. Franklin Sports Gazette, Inc.
    MPT 2: In re City of Bluewater
    MPT Point Sheets

    MPT February 2010
    MPT 1: State of Franklin v. McLain
    MPT 2: Logan v. Rios
    MPT Point Sheets

    MPT July 2010
    MPT 1: In re Hammond
    MPT 2: City of Ontario
    MPT Point Sheets

    MPT February 2011
    MPT 1: Butler v. Hill
    MPT 2: In re Magnolia County
    MPT Point Sheets

    MPT July 2011
    MPT 1: In re Field Hogs, Inc.
    MPT 2: In re Social Networking Inquiry
    MPT Point Sheets

    MPT February 2012
    MPT 1: Franklin Resale Royalties Legislation
    MPT 2: In re WPE Property Development, Inc.
    MPT Point Sheets

    MPT July 2012
    MPT 1: State of Franklin v. Soper
    MPT 2: Ashton v. Indigo Construction Co.
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    MPT February 2013
    MPT 1: In re Wendy Martel
    MPT 2: In re Guardianship of Will Fox
    MPT Point Sheets

    MPT July 2013
    MPT 1: Monroe v. Franklin Flags Amusement Park
    MPT 2: Palindrome Recording Contract
    MPT Point Sheets

    See this link for more MPTs and Score Sheets.

    Also, here are MPTs from Georgia. I like these MPTs because the library does not have a two-column format for cases.

    Disclaimer: Past exams found here are the property of the State Bar of California and the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The property is used here in accordance with all written regulations.

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    The University of Victoria announced Sunday that all remaining exams this term will be moved online due to the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

    All exams on Monday, December 13 and onward must be moved online, the university said in a news release issued Sunday afternoon.

    Effective Monday, we will no longer hold in-person exams. This is part of enhanced health and safety precautions being implemented in response to rising COVID-19 numbers.

    — UniversityOfVictoria (@uvic) December 13, 2021

    “We know this is short notice for those with exams scheduled for Monday, and we are reaching out to instructors with guidance to make this transition as smooth as possible,” the university said.

    Cancelling in-person exams will reduce the amount of time large groups of students spend together in auditoriums and gymnasiums, the school said. Students who have been asked to self-isolate over COVID-19 exposure will also be able to write their tests online instead of deferring.

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    UVic announced last week that varsity athletes and business students would have their exams moved online after social events those students attended were flagged for COVID-19 transmission by Island Health. Now, it’s making exams online for all students.

    Study spaces and research labs on campus will remain open, but in-person social events such as holiday parties must be called off.

    Queen’s University in Ontario made the same decision Sunday to cancel all remaining in-person exams due to accelerating COVID-19 case counts as the Omicron variant takes hold.