Apr 29, 2024 2 min read

Exam-Taking Techniques #4 - Show up Early!

Exam-Taking Techniques #4 - Show up Early!
Be on time, right? Sure, but go that extra mile... Show up early!

Here's the plan: Be present 30 minutes before your scheduled exam. It's super important! Give yourself plenty of time. This applies to "on-site" testing and "at-home" testing.

For those of you taking your exam "on-site" or at an actual testing center, there are several things to consider.

  • First, you travel to the testing center - which can be an adventure unto itself! So, have your route planned the day before.
  • Then, you find parking and walk to the testing area - which could be time-consuming. Case in point: Sometimes I take exams at a community college—parking and walking to the final destination can take up to 10 minutes.
  • Next, once you are at the testing center you will probably have to submit to an identification process (have your ID ready), have your picture taken, have the rules explained to you, and stow your items in a locker. It's time-consuming for sure.
  • Finally, you sit at the computer to take the exam. You don't have to click "Start" immediately, especially if you are a few minutes early. It's great to have those couple of extra minutes to relax, take a breath, and get your mind ready before commencing the exam.
We'll cover that concept more in Exam-Taking Techniques #6 - Zen Breaks.

For those of you that will be taking your exam "at home", you will be required to:

  • Complete audio and video checks.
  • Perform webcam sweeps of your testing area.
  • Capture your ID.
  • Shut down prohibited applications.
  • Show that you have turned off your phone and placed it at least six feet from your seat.
  • Etc, etc, etc... Whatever the proctor requires of you!

So, you will need the extra time. Luckily, most online testing platforms allow you to log in 30 minutes before your scheduled exam time. Use that time wisely!

As you can see, both options: on-site, and at home; can present distractions. These types of distractions can add to your stress level. And as we know, stress and fear are the mind killers. They can reduce your final score—even if you understand the content forward and backward. Work on reducing any types of stress the day of and the day before the exam by preparing as much as possible beforehand.

Then, on the day of your exam, go beyond punctuality—aim to have time to spare!

Show up early! It's the easy fix that can be hard to do. You have to work on it! Discipline yourself and you will find that simply being on time can increase your test scores. That's it for this article. Go for it!

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