How do you conduct yourself during an examination?How do you conduct yourself during an examination?

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lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

larrygates eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

thewanderlust878 | Student

This is a great question. Most other exam questions are about how to prepare, but it is nice to see that you have thought about what to actually do during the exam. 

I really like some of the above answers, keep calm, stay focused, and don't freak yourself out. If you studied for the test, you will be absolutely fine. Even if you didn't study it's still best to tell yourself you will be ok. 

Wiggin42 | Student

The night before an exam I make sure to get plenty of sleep. On the morning of, I try to eat a good breakfast. During the exam I do my best to stay calm, focus, and not worry about failing. If the exam has snack breaks, I make sure to bring a healthy snack.

missfrizzy38 | Student

Take a deep breath, have confidence in the revision that you have done and just do your best! Once you're in the exam, you can't suddenly run out to look at your notes - so just go for it

If there is a question you aren't sure on, come back to it and look at it with fresh eyes - it's suprising how many times you'll do this and read part of the question you didn't look at to start with

Good luck :-)


agentblank000 | Student

You should have a good breakfast and get a good nights sleep. You should not not panic and you should try to relax. Try talking to a teacher if you are nervous, they will be able to offer revision tips etc.

gracy54 | Student

during examination, student need to arrive at the venue of examination, reread the his or her noteobook and student has to spend some time reading theb question in order to has poper understanding of the question and give adquated answer to each question

mitodoteira | Student

(If all questions give the same credit, and this is a timed test) I answer all the question that I can quickly, skipping the harder ones to return to later, then I return to the harder ones and do them all, then I check my answers.  I keep checking them oer and over if I have more time. And I prepare, first by studying and then by doing practice exams.

I feel a little stupid because everyone else who ansewered this is a teacher, but I'm only doing this for the points. I am thirteen years old and I'm in college already so I had to (and still have to, about every two weeks) pass a lot of tests, and I usually get 95-100%.

is00 | Student

In the examination hall one should  remain Calm,determined and confident.He should not violate any rule or show impertinence.He should never try to cheat.

alilion | Student

Relax, focus read the questions your answers again..chill out no stress

vbairdkox | Student

When I take an exam I always try to stay relaxed. If your professor allows you to listen to music privatly then do it. I always start from the end of the test and work forward.

praveenm | Student

you should take examination seriously but at the same time calm. you should mental stress so that you should noy have any fear about exams earlier.

paulthomas123321 | Student

exam time is the most stressful part of the school year. With so much riding on the outcome, there can be a high degree of pressure to perform well. Here are some exam preparation tips to help you excel in school.

The earlier you start, the more time you will have to prepare for the exam. try to set the stage from the beginning of the course by reviewing the material after each class. By starting early and studying on a regular basis, you will have a better opportunity to absorb the information and life will be a lot easier when it's time to put it all together for the exam snel afvallen in een week.

Proper organization will help you to get a better picture of the material that has to be covered and improve the flow of the study process.

you will need to create a plan to help you study effectively and minimize stress. The first step is to figure out how much time and effort you must dedicate to studying for the exam by asking the following questions:

  • How much material do you need to cover?
  • How difficult is the material?
  • How much time is available?
  • Do you have any other priorities during the study period?
  • What is the format of the exam?
  • How important is the exam?
  • What is your performance target for the exam?

If you have kept up with the course work, studying will involve revision of the material that you have already covered. If you are behind in the course, you will have to finish the readings and other uncompleted work before starting the revision


wanderista | Student

When I am in an examination hall, sitting in front of my paper I take several deep breaths and wait quietly for the instructor to say when we can start. It is essential that you concentrate whilst in the examination hall, as you are limited on the amount of time you can do the exam. However, every so often I take 1 minute breaks, where I just twiddle my thumbs and relax, just to keep myself calm and generally relaxed. Some people prefer tapping their thigh, as a way of relieving muscle tension. This can prove beneficial.

Be careful whilst in the exam room, and avoid silly mistakes at all costs. Spare some time at the end of the exam to re-check your answers! It saves marks!

At the end of the exam, I reward myself with lots of ice cream and a chocolate chip cookie! Remember to reward yourself and relax heaps once your assessment period is over.

bhawanipur | Student

For an examination, you need to build up your confidence to confront it of your own. For that you must prepare for the same without having any mental stress. To me, students should try to understand the lessons best and not mugged up. Go to your examination and never feel fear to face it. Examination is a test of your preparation. Questions are generally asked out of the curriculam. So take the question paper and start answering the question you can do better. Most of the students are of the habit of reading it. But if you find some questions are a little out of preparation, then you may be disheartened. Therefore answer the easy questions find in it. It will save your time and help you in scoring. Some students are of the habit of taking help from others or cheating. That waistes time and you neve know he is right. Keep your head/mind calm without sress. Set time for answering a question. Don't right more than required. Answers are to be to the point. Try to be neat and clean.