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Hints and Tips

Before the test

  • Practice ICAS Online
  • Buy Past Papers
  • Ensure that you are well rested the night before.
  • You should bring along your own stationeries (including pencil for MC answer sheet) and a calculator (for use in P4 to F6 Science Assessment, if necessary, and F2 to F6 Mathematics Assessment).

During the test

  • Try to relax and enjoy yourself; too much tension may prevent you from thinking clearly.
  • Do not look at the time too often - this reduces your time doing the actual test.
  • Use a pencil to mark the answers on the MC answer sheet. Wrong marks must be completely erased with a clean rubber.

For multiple choice questions

  • Make sure you shade in the bubble next to the right question number.
  • Read each question carefully and choose the best answer from the options given.
  • If you are not sure of the answer, cross out the options you know are wrong and then decide between what is left.
  • You will score no marks for marking more than one answer to the same question. Answer put in the question booklet or written in the margin will not be marked.
  • If you are doing the English paper, read the whole passage before you start answering the questions.

When a difficult question is taking a very long time

  • Circle the question so that you can go back to it later.
  • Move on to the next question.
  • Be careful to record the following answer next to the correct question number. It is easy to get mixed up if you don’t check.
  • Go back to the questions you missed at the end if you have enough time.

After the test

  • At the end of the test time, check that you haven’t left out any questions.
  • If you have done the Writing test, take care to read through your writing again after you have finished and edit your work for errors in expression, spelling and punctuation.
  • Remember, it's not the end of the world if you feel you didn't do well this time.