Students lose SO many exam points because they just don’t read the directions and pay attention to details. On the first exam, they usually discover this … but they don’t REMEMBER it for the other exams.
This is a very simple exercise that takes about 1 minute at the beginning of the test.
Just have the students repeat after you:
I promise … to read all the directions … for all the problems on the exam …
And if I finish early, … I promise … to RE-read all the directions … to make sure I haven’t missed some detail … or forgotten to come back to some question I skipped.
I understand that … it is not important to finish quickly … it IS important to demonstrate what I know … and once the points have been lost … the points cannot be regained.
Believe it or not, this results in a remarkable number of students that stay until the bitter end, making sure that they have been careful and answered every question completely.