Before an important exam, do you think it is better to prepare for a long time or only for a few days? Give examples and reasons to support your argument.
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Some people believe that is crucial to study a long time before a decisive test while others believe that it is just necessary to study a few days before it. From my perspective, it is wiser to study a long time before an exam because you can grasp and learn detailed information about the exam and you will not have any surprise such as missing information near the test day.
First, by grasping the core information you will be more comfortable with the exam. For example, some months ago I had studied for the Microsoft IT exam. I was well prepared since I had often used that technology on my everyday life. Furthermore, the information was fixed in my mind. On the exam day I was comfortable and confident. I did it quite flawlessly. Having everything in your mind takes a time but it might enhance your confidence.
In addition, if you can obtain vital information about your test, you will likely score more points on it. The first time I took the TOEFL exam, for instance, I only started to study ten days before the scheduled exam day. I thought that it was only a simple grammar and vocabulary exam. However, I was completely disappointed with myself after it. On the other hand, the second time, I studied for three months before and had learned strategies to use on the test, which resulted in a higher score. Detailed, then, information is a key to handling the real test.
Finally, if you believe you are an expert but suddenly you figure out that you missed a specific item, you are unlikely to learn it well in the few days before the exam. I have a friend from my graduate school. He always liked to study two or three days before the exam. One day he asked me, hours before the test, what my opinion was about it. I told him about a specific item that would be on the test that he had no idea about. He invented an illness, went home and rescheduled the exam. You can suddenly need to devise a sickness if you are not ready for the test.
To sum up, I posit that you need to study a long time before an exam, not only because you need to grasp and take in detailed information about it, but you also need to be aware of everything that it is going to happen on the test day.
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