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How to prepare for online exams?
1. Make sure to go over the online exam guidelines
To prepare for an online examination, it is mandatory that you read and fully understand the related guidelines.
Make sure that you know when the online exam will be taking place, whether during a previously set and agreed specific date and time, or whether the online exam can be taken at any point within a limited time window.
Make sure you also know how much time you are given to complete the online exam; and where you are expected to be taking the online exams.
For instance in your home, or at another specific location, such as a campus computer lab, and pay attention to any other possible important information that is given by the examiner regarding a specific online exam’s structure.
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2. Know the format of the exam paper
Be informed about the format of the online exam that you are taking, such as what type of questions is the examiner using in the online exam, for example, multiple-choice, fill-in, short answer and/or long answer essay questions or a combination of different types of questions.
If the examiner provides the candidates with a practice exam available, make sure you take it and use it to practice for the real online exam.
3. Double-check your technology
Regardless of where you are taking the online exam, whether at home or in a designed computer lab, make sure that you check, as early as possible before you take your online exam, the working status of your computer/laptop to avoid any sudden last-minute issues.
Make sure you have all the correct software and hardware, and ensuring that the internet connection and/or Wi-Fi, where you are taking the online exam, is working fast enough without suffering any stuttering or sudden interruptions.
It is extremely important that you study the materials given by the examiners during the classroom’s lectures.
Even if it is an open book online exam, it is still essential to study and revise so that you know where to find the relevant information without wasting precious time looking through the books in order to find it.
4. Practice online papers
When preparing for the online exam, make sure that you plan your time as a candidate.
When you practice your timing skills during a practice online exam, limit the time to the one that is allocated in your actual exam.
Do this to determine how much time you will dedicate to each question, for example, if your online exam is one hour long and it is composed of sixty questions, then you will ideally have to spend no more than a minute per question at the most.
However, depending on the institutions, you may be allowed to skip a difficult question, and come back to it before the end of the online exam, to avoid wasting precious time completing a difficult question and ending up missing out on answering the later questions.
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5. Find an appropriate setting to sit your exam
It is extremely important that when taking the online exam, you are situated in a quiet area of your home, for example your own bedroom or your personal study room.
Make sure that you turn off (or set on silence) any notifications from your personal mobile devices, such as your mobile phone or tablet, and switch off completely the television and radio.
Inform your room mates, flat mates, and/or family members that you will be taking an online exam and that it is essential that they do not make any noise or cause any distractions that may make it difficult for you to concentrate and focus solely on taking your exam.
Depending on when the online exam has been set, decide when it is best for you to take it.
You may be required to complete the online exam at a specific time; however, if the online exam can be completed within a limited time frame (such as if it is available for several hours and/or even for a few days), you should choose a particular time that is ideal in terms of suffering from only a minimal risk of distractions, interruptions and/or stress.
Exams can bring huge amounts of stress and worry, so it’s important to make sure you’re finding the time to relax and are looking after your mental health. Visit our blog for helpful tips on how to look after your mental health at University.
6. Gather the important material you need before the exam
Be very organised before taking the online exam, by gathering all the materials that you are allowed to use when taking it, such as personal notes, books, and/or written key information with you ready to use them when you need them.
It’s also important to make sure you’re energised and fuelled for your exam by eating the right foods beforehand.
If you’re wondering what are the best foods to eat, check out our blog on the top brain foods for students.
Make sure that you are relaxed, concentrated and focused when you have logged into the online exam, ready to complete it within the set limited amount of time.
Student Blog Writer