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Correct Preparation for Online Testing and Achievement

Correct Preparation for Online Testing and Achievement

Attending virtual classes and learning new material from home can be challenging. As if you are not stressed enough from this unforeseen change, now you find yourself having to take your exams online as well.

There are a lot of variables that come into play for online test taking. For example, many instructors use programs that create a virtual proctor to observe students during the actual test, ensuring ethical standards are being practiced. This is done, mostly by a webcam, but sometimes by other technologies. These technologies assess a student’s movements and behavior, alerting instructors to anything suspicious. Hence, no notes, no cheating.

So, what are some ways to be prepared for a test besides having studied and knowing the material? Below are some extra steps you may want to consider before sitting down and logging in.

  1. Check your computer in advance by making sure that you can log in successfully and that the WiFi is working correctly.
  2. Be familiar with the test guidelines: Know the allotted time for taking the test, and what type of test it is (i.e. multiple choice, long hand, etc.).
  3. Know how to take screenshots in case of technical issues.
  4. Decide what program you will use for writing essays. Use a program that saves your writing as you type, ensuring that you will not lose anything in the process.
  5. Find a nice, quiet space with no distractions. Turn off your phone’s notifications and keep all other devices on silent.

Above all else, stay calm and do not rush. Do, however, remember to leave yourself enough time to double check answers before you submit your final copy.

Once you have taken a couple tests, you will realize patterns in your behavior and work style. Be strategic about the way you study by reflecting on which questions and material you struggled with and which questions and material you felt confident about. If test results are immediately available, take some time to review what you did wrong and what you did right.

Lastly, and most importantly, all of PVCC faculty and staff are here to support you. Remember your instructors are always available to answer your questions and help you improve. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them!

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