Don’t fear online exam

By Kaustov Kashyap

From the biggest professional institutions in India to the largest government employer such as the Indian Railways, they are now recognising that online examinations provide them the opportunity for their services while ensuring easy access to eligible candidates from across India.
An online exam not only reduces the time and effort put into conducting an examination but also provides security of data, logistical ease and is definitely environment friendly with limited use of paper. Here are some tips which will help students overcome their fears and prepare for an online exam in a confident manner.

Have exam updates and requirements
Regularly visit the exam conducting body’s website and keep abreast of the latest updates. Check the admit card and note the reporting time, exam time, documents to be carried, verification process, exam do’s and don’ts, etc.
Recce the centre
You would not want to reach late or go to the wrong centre. Check Google maps in advance and if possible visit the centre in person. This will help you plan your travel on the day of the exam.
Familiarise yourself with the user interface of the examination. Most institutions and organisations offer options for series of mock tests to accustom students with the exam process. Practicing these online tests will help you get comfortable with its operating techniques so that you don’t waste time during the actual examination.
Read instructions
Don’t be in a haste to get started with the examination. Instructions can guide you as to how to go about the exam in the best possible way. Before the beginning of any examination, you should thoroughly read the instructions and enquire with the invigilator if you have any queries.
Use your time wisely
Timer is present on the console of the candidate which will help keep track of time during the course of the exam. This will help you maintain a steady pace of answering questions before the time is over. We know there’s a flip side to the timer on the screen and it may get on your nerves. Don’t let this ticking clock overpower you. Remember the timer only serves as a reminder.
Don’t panic
In an event of a technical failure, bring it to the attention of a nearby invigilator immediately. Be confident that no time will be lost due to technical disruption as exam restarts where the timer has stopped.
Reading online
During the exam, your eyes would be focused on the computer screen for two to three hours at a stretch and not many people are used to this. Inculcate the habit of reading online blogs, news etc. daily as much as possible.
‘Save’ measure
One must always press the ‘Save’ option after attempting the question and marking the correct option even if the given examination saves the answers automatically. This is just a good practice while taking an online examination.
Have a plan
When you take any exam, especially online, it is important to have a clear strategy on how you will go through the sections. If getting the strategy right requires you to take prep tests before the actual exams, one should definitely do so. Better to get your plan right through the prep tests than making unforced mistakes in the real online test.
Be thoroughly prepared
All the tips above will not be helpful unless you thoroughly read and well-prepared as per the examination syllabus. Remember an online examination, though a convenient form of taking examinations is at the end of the day, a test of your knowledge about the subject. The only way to perform well and do your best is to prepare well in advance.

(The author is a
career counsellor)

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