Though there is no doubt that AI-powered online mode of examination could well be the new normal, it can be a baffling experience for many, especially students who are new to this.
The COVID-19 pandemic situation has posed several challenges in the education sector, one among them being – how to conduct exams during this crisis?
Exams are vital for evaluating the progress of students during their academic year. Conducting regular examinations, keeps the students motivated throughout the entire semester and also helps educators to assess how well the students have perceived the learning imparted in the class. With offline exams still a few months away, thanks to the pandemic, many universities and colleges are preparing to conduct online exams.
Though there is no doubt that AI-powered online mode of examination could well be the new normal, it can be a baffling experience for many, especially students who are new to this. Online exams though quite similar to in-class exams need some extra preparations and awareness. Want to ace your online exam? Here are a few easy tips.
Things to remember before you take your Online Exam
1. Understand Your Online Test Guidelines
Online exams are protected by virtual invigilators or instructors. So, before you take an online exam, it is very important to read, understand, and follow all the guidelines outlined by your online test instructor. Here are a few guidelines:
• Learn about online test schedulers and software that help students to specify time slots and schedule their exams at their convenience as well as the examiner.
• Run a system test before scheduling the exam to see that your computer system passes the minimum requirements for an online test.
• Remember the exact time, date, duration of the exam, and the exam slot of your online test. Check out for the exam time confirmation email to get the latest updates.
• Does your online test allow calculators, on screen whiteboards, or paper for rough work? These questions must be cleared before the exam.
• Breaks during the ongoing examination are strictly prohibited. If you take a break, your online test session will automatically end and your exam will be incomplete.
• Refrain from any kind of distraction like eating snacks or chatting with fellow students during the exam. Students are however allowed to drink water from clear glass.
• Any kind of personal belongings like earphones, mobile phones, electronic devices, study guides (if otherwise not approved) are prohibited during the online exam.
• Do not leave the exam page before submission. This will erase all the answers. In case you need to check some websites for reference work, use separate tabs or browsers.
• Refrain from cheating and unethical practices during the examination.
2. Test Preparation
Students often tend to take online tests lightly. Many “open-book” online tests allow students to refer to study materials, but if you are not familiar with your study notes, you will waste valuable time hunting for your answers.
Online tests are time-framed and many of the questions are based on aptitude tests and presence of mind that may not allow you to refer to your study notes. Revise your test curriculum thoroughly to avoid silly mistakes. Students can also sign up for a free practice test before the exam.
3. Understand the Test Format
It is crucial to understand your test format before the exam. It will not only help you to score good marks but also save time during the test. Prepare for all the possible parameters like multiple-choice, short or long questions, fill in the blanks, etc. It is best to write the answers in a word document and then copy and paste it on the designated space on the exam page. This will help you avoid silly mistakes and also save time.
Edit and revise your answers multiple times before submitting it. Always remember to save your work during the exam. Time management is also very crucial during online exams. If you are stuck in a question, it is best to move on to the next one. Set a timer in your clock or mobile phone so that you can finish all the questions before time.
4. Check your Computer and Internet Speed
Check and recheck that your computer or laptop is working properly before your scheduled online test. Avoid last-minute technical glitches. Verify that your equipment has the minimum hardware and software requirements for the test.
Make sure that your Wi-Fi connection is working properly or you may have to change the location to get adequate internet connectivity. Do not panic if you have a technical problem during the exam. Instead, talk to the invigilator and seek his/her advice.
5. Choose the Location Wisely
Choose a quiet place for your online exam. Close the door and windows to avoid distractions. Turn off your mobile phones, television, email, or other notifications or keep them in silent mode.
Let your family members and your siblings know that you are giving an online test and ask them not to interrupt you during the exam.
Online exams during the time of social distancing not only eliminate the problems of conducting exams in examination centers, but also save huge costs both for educational institutes and for students. This is a reason why most of the educational institutes across the world are now slowly adapting to these AI-based virtual exams amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
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