Tips To Ace Online Exams During The Pandemic
Since most students, especially those in schools might be taking online exams even at the end of this academic year, it is crucial to understand how to ace them on your own terms. Since the situation demanded it over the past few months, you might have already given a bunch of online tests, but as the end of the academic year nears, you might also have to face your final exams through your online education setting. In such a scenario, while it may seem inconvenient, here are the best tips you need to know, to ace this exam!
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Make Yourself Comfortable
Find a great spot first. Make sure you’ve turned off all distractions — TV, phone, social media, and all notifications. Ask your family members to stay away from your work desk or let them know you need some calm and quiet to give your test. Gather all the things you will need, including books, notebooks, pens, or pencils to work out mathematical problems or to jot notes. This spot should also, most importantly, have a great internet connection that will help you stay online throughout. Also, make sure it’s not too cold or too hot near where you are sitting, and be sure to let in an ample amount of light.
Check Your Computer/Laptop
There’s nothing more discouraging than turning your computer on to take a pre-scheduled test and discovering your equipment is not working or you have an access problem. As well as you are able, check out your computer ahead of the test.
Make sure it’s working and that your Wi-Fi connection is available.
Give yourself time to get another computer or travel to an alternative Wi-Fi access point if needs be. It’s also a good idea to open two different browsers, one to take the test in, and another to lookup information (if you’re allowed to do so). That way, you won’t run the risk of inadvertently closing your exam and possibly losing results.
Practice Online Time Management
Solving tests online vs. solving them offline may have considerable time differences to keep in mind. To be at the top of your game, be sure to practice similar online tests before the main exam and divide your time according to your analysis of how it goes. If you get stumped on a question, move on to the next one. You can come back and work on the questions that require more thought later. If you have limited time to take the test, set a watch or clock to alert you 10 minutes or so before your deadline so you will know how much time you have left to complete the test. Also, don’t stay on one question for too long. Go back to it later if you’re stuck.
Stay Prepared (Even If It’s Open-Book)
Online exams are usually unsupervised. It’s just not cost-effective to send a proctor to every student’s house or place of study. This means that online exams are frequently open-book and open-note. In this case, you’ll have access to your study materials. If you think this means you don’t have to study, you are mistaken. In an open-book setting, test questions will often require short, written responses that reflect a meaningful comprehension of the subject matter. And because online exams are often timed, you won’t have the luxury of learning that subject matter on the spot. If you go into it with only your open book to guide you, the lack of preparation will show in your rushed responses and the beads of sweat dripping down your forehead. Use the open book as a reference. The good stuff should already be in your brain.
Keep Water And Snacks Handy
Even though you might be at home, remember that you’re on a time limit. If your exam is a few hours long and there are no food restrictions, make sure to prepare a small snack and some water.
Keep with you any protein or cereal bars, some fruit like an apple or banana, or even a cookie or two. Don’t prepare full meals because you won’t have time for that – there is a reason for your exam being long – but make sure to have something at hand if you do need some brain food.
Read And Understand The Guidelines and Format
Be sure you can answer these questions: Will the test take place at a specific date and time, or can you take the exam at any point during a particular window of time? How much time will you have to complete the test? Are there any other important, “need to know” factors outlined by the instructor?
Know how the format of your test flows. What kinds of questions will the instructor use on the exam—multiple-choice, fill-in, short answer, essay? Perhaps a combination of various types?
Check Before You Submit
Your auto-correct may not always be able to help you. Ensure that every answer is complete and appears as you intended. Review the accuracy of your answers, as well as your spelling and grammar.
Don’t Panic, This is Just Like Any Other Exam
Last but not least, this is just a normal exam and not too much different from in-person exams. So don’t panic! The technology part of it might be a little scary, but the contents would be the same in-person too, so don’t worry about it too much.E
Exams can be scary but always think about it as a bigger picture. It’s just one exam, and not doing great at it won’t be the end of the world. If you care about the material and follow the tips above, you’ll do great!!
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