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How to Do Preparation for an Online Exam? – Tips for Faculties & Students


Mit Kotecha


December 4, 2020


Online exam preparation is not very different from preparing for a pen and paper exam. Yet, many students and faculty members face difficulties in dealing with online exams. There are various reasons why this is the case, especially in India. To prepare for an online exam, the students, as well as the faculty members, must keep a few things in mind. These tips and suggestions are listed below:

Online exam preparation tips for Faculty Members:

  1. Faculty members should make the exam more engaging for the students. This can be done by making the questions more interactive. This will help garner the student’s interest in the exam.
  2. Faculty members must introduce the online examination software well ahead of the actual exam to the students. This will help them prepare for the exam better and get accustomed to the online examination software. 
  3. Faculty members must practice the use of an online examination system as a regular part of the curriculum. This will help the students to prepare for the online exam better.
  4. Develop regular short exams instead of infrequent long exams. This will help in making the exams more impactful for the students.
  5. Faculty members must remain available for their students during the exam. This helps in curtailing any technical issue that may arise during the exam.
  6. Create all the question papers with the idea that it is an open book test. Create logical and conceptual questions in this regard. Since these types of questions require the student to be thorough with the study material.
  7. Providing a chatbot can make communication between the students and the faculty members direct. It can also reduce the burden on the teachers to answer all the queries. These chatbots are available 24*7. This will save a lot of time for both the faculty and the student.
  8. Most faculty members are under-trained when it comes to the use of online examination software. It may lead to difficulty in using the platform to set questions or monitor exams. Conducting workshops with faculty members and demonstrating the use of the online examination software can reduce such errors.
  9. Set a mix of objective type questions and subjective questions to test a student’s thorough knowledge about the subject as well as their conceptual clarity. It can also help teachers make the exam more intuitive.
  10. Many of these online examination systems come with a reporting feature. Faculty members must use the performance reports wisely to track the growth of a student taking a series of exams.
  11. Faculty members must check the security features of the online examination system in use before the actual exam. This will reduce any technical error that may have crept into the system.
  12. Faculty members should ensure that they are using the latest question bank to test students so that they are at par with the latest trends across the country. MegaExams is one such platform that provides the latest curated question bank on the platform itself.

Online exam preparation tips for Students:

  1. Spend extra time to carefully read and understand the guidelines set for the online test before appearing for the exam.
  2. Ensure that you have a fast and stable internet connection. Test your internet speed and access it only from a secure device and a secure web browser such as Safari or Google Chrome.
  3. Keep yourself regularly updated about the online examination system. Take regular practice tests. Use the references available on the platform to understand your subject and the exam better.
  4. Always take an exam in a calm and comfortable environment. Always use earphones for any question that requires you to listen to a voice note. Any disruption can affect your exam results.
  5. Always use a fresh web browser with no other opened tabs. Many online examination software bars you from opening the exam window until all other tabs have been closed.
  6. It’s important to prepare and plan well ahead of the exam day. Always keep an eye on the time remaining while taking an online exam.
  7. Try to manage time efficiently during an online exam. To master taking online exams, time management is an essential skill. You must take practice tests to learn how to manage time better.
  8. In case of any technical issue with the online examination software, do not panic. Inform the teacher-in-charge of the exam or any faculty member. These errors can be easily removed on the platform.
  9. Arrange all your study materials in an orderly fashion. Mark and label all the important portions. Highlight the key texts and key concepts. This will reduce the time you take to consult the text during an online exam.
  10. Do not Google the answers. In case of answers plagiarised from the web, most online examination systems down mark it even without you noticing.
  11. Abstain from surfing the web unnecessarily in the week leading to the exam. Remain centred and maintain distance from social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. It helps in reducing the distractions even during the online exam.
  12. If you are unable to concentrate your efforts, you can use the Pomodoro Method. This technique uses a timer to break down your work into equal intervals. These intervals last for up to 25 minutes in length, separated by short five minute breaks.
  13. Do not spend too much time on one question. Instead, attempt all the questions you can first. And then come back to the tricky ones. This will help you reduce the number of unanswered or missed questions.
  14. Use the performance report wisely. Get to know your strong and weak areas. Focus on your weak areas more for the next exam.
  15. Always ask for feedback from the faculty members after appearing for any exam. This will help you get an idea of how to improve and perform better in future online exams.
  16. Do not cheat during an online exam. Consulting a friend or the internet is a bad habit. It will not help you understand any concept clearly and you will miss out on the key details required to obtain full marks. Always keep your textbook handy in this respect.

  With the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the age-old practice of classroom education has taken a shift towards digital platforms. Most schools and colleges are in touch with the students over WhatsApp or Email. They are also conducting classes on platforms such as Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, etc. Most schools and colleges have begun to incorporate online exams as well using platforms like MegaExams, which help teachers host online exams along with their lectures, and also provides students the right platform to practice and be prepared for the D-day.