One might think taking a test at home on the computer would reduce stress. However, it can create last minute hiccups that actually increase anxiety and negatively impact your ability to perform.
- Like with any exam it is important to make sure you study and are adequately prepared for the exam materials
- For an online exam it is also important to make sure all of your test taking equipment is also prepared
- Make sure you have internet access
- Make sure your computer or other device is charged and that you have a charger readily available if needed
- Familiarize yourself with how to access the exam online, so that you are not struggling day of
- Make sure you know the exam time and double check what time zone the test is scheduled for
- Ask your professor information about the format of the exam before hand
- Will each question be timed?
- What is the total time permitted?
- What will the question format be?
- Will you have to ability to go back to a question after moving forward?
During the Exam
- Find a good test taking spot
- One that reduces distractions and the chance of someone interrupting you
- Reduce as many distractions as possible: tv, cell phone, put pets outside, notify other family members in the home you are about to take an exam.
- Gather all of the materials you need, so you don’t waste timing having to locate them after the exam begins
- Practice good time management during the exam
- Only keep the test window open
- If helpful, set an alarm that will notify you when you have 10 minutes left to complete the exam
- Be aware that technical problems can arise
- Don’t panic. This is expected at times.
- Take screen shots of the problem encountered
- Notify your professor right away