How do you conduct yourself during an examination?

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During an exam, it is important to be careful! I am always surprised by students who mistakenly fill out their answer sheet and end up "off-numbered" in some way. I always worry about students who spend time on a question, decide it is too hard to answer, skip it to go on to another question, and then make a mistake in filling in their next answer.

That said, I also question the wisdom of spending time on a question and not answering it with the thought that he or she will come back to that one later. It is very likely that the student will not have time to go back to all of the skipped questions. It is a better strategy, if you spend time on a question, to put an answer on the answer sheet and then mark in the test booklet that that question is one to go back to if time allows. That way, all of the questions have a "best chance" answer (and there is no penalty for guessing). If the student spends time on question and has to "start over" in his thinking about the question when he returns to it later, that initial time is time wasted.

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I believe the most important thing to do is prepare yourself. If you are prepared for an exam, it is more likely that you will not have the rising anxieties while taking the exam. During the exam, I have always instructed my students to answer the questions they know first. (This way, they are raising the amount of questions they will most likely get correct given they are not staying on a question which they are struggling with for too long).

Adequate sleep and fuel (breakfast) is also very important. A fueled and rested brain functions just as well as a fueled and rested body.

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I heartily agree with post 3; in fact I have told my Advanced Placement students for several years that the best preparation for the AP exam is a good night's sleep the night before and a good breakfast the day of the exam. That advice soon led to a tradition in which all my AP students meet for breakfast at a local restaurant the day of the exam. They chat about everything but the exam, and when time comes for it to commence, they are relaxed and comfortable. That last hour or so of camaraderie seems to work wonders to keep down anxiety. Not everyone can do this, of course; but certainly everyone can go to bed at a reasonable hour, try not to take the exam to bed with you, and eat a good breakfast before you leave. You will feel better and probably perform better that way.

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The biggest thing to do is to remain focused and attentive and not allow your nerves to get the better of you. This is easier said than done, but it is important to remember that the length of the exam is the only time you have to show what you know, so it is important that any distractions are kept to a minimum.

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Try not to be an absolute perfectionist.  One of the most gifted students I have ever taught would "freeze" on objective, timed exams because he wanted to think over each question very carefully.  Sometimes you just have to trust your first instinct lest you run out of time.

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The most important thing to do during any kind of examination is focus on your test.  Don't look around you, or seem to be cheating.  You also need to give up cell phones or anything else that could give you the answers, so your scores are not questioned.

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Great suggestions in the above post.  I would add some things to do before the exam that will help with conduct when the time comes: start your studying and reviewing for the exam well ahead of time, not the night before; get a good night's sleep before the exam; eat a healthy breakfast; make sure you have any materials you'll be allowed to use for the exam (pencils, eraser, calculator, notes if allowed) with you when you enter the exam room so they can be organized at your desk before the time to actually take the exam starts.

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In your school career, you have taken many exams and know what it takes to be successful.  I can give you a couple of ideas, and then you can use your experience to add more depth.  First of all, you know that even before you get to the exam room, you must have studied the material and enter the room prepared with the correct materials such as pencils, pens, paper and without your cell phone. Secondly, your conduct during the exam will be critical. Quiet, concentrated work without looking around to see what others are doing or looking at other papers is one of the crucial behaviors in the exam room.  Now, take these ideas and your own knowledge learned during previous exams and finish your question on your own.

 

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