Exams are the oddest of things.  Like interviews are for jobs.  Is an interview really the most effective way to determine whether a candidate is the most effective way for the job in question?

No. Not really.  But it's probably the best way we've got.

Likewise: Exams.

Awful things.  Artificial.  And a real pressure point for the young mind.  So, while equipping those young minds with the subject matter to be examined one should also have a bit of an exam strategy to pass on to them. Otherwise known as Exam Craft.

How do you approach your first exam question?  Do you read it through and then underline key words?  Do you need to draw a diagram?  What is the question actually asking you?  Have I answered it?  Do I move on?