How to Prepare for an Online Test

Prior to the test:

  • Making sure you are well prepared for a test can be a great help.
  • Work through any relevant sample questions on your course website and carefully read through any familiarization materials you are given. In most cases, familiarization materials include a number of example questions to help you understand what will be required of you on the day of the test.
  • Try and get plenty sleep the night before your test.
  • Make absolutely sure you know where the test is taking place and give yourself sufficient time to get to the venue. This will save you from rushing at the last minute.
  • Wear comfortable clothes – you might start feeling too hot or cold as the day progresses.

Checklist for the Day of the Test

Some of the items that are usual to take to a test include:

  • The letter of invitation you received from the test center or the confirmation of your booking onto the test.
  • Some type of photo identification e.g. a current passport or driving license.
  • Where applicable, a cordless, silent calculator of the non-programmable variety. This may be mentioned in any familiarization materials you receive.
  • A timepiece e.g. a watch to allow you to monitor the time for each question or section of your test.
  • An ample supply of pens, pencils, erasers, etc.

What Happens and/or What to do During Your Test

  • Usually, a set or list of instructions and some example questions are handed out before a test begins.
  • Pay careful attention to any instructions you are given, especially to instructions about the number of questions per test and the amount of time allowed to complete them.
  • In the case of written tests, make absolutely sure you understand the instructions for completing the answers. It is quite likely this format will mirror the practice sessions or examples on the familiarization materials you received. Answers should be written in a clear and appropriate way according to the instructions provided.
  • While progressing through your test(s), make sure you are completing the answer sheets correctly, e.g., that you are marking the right spaces in the right sections. For example, when you are answering Question No 10 for Test 1, check that you are filling in the corresponding space for that question and test on the answer page or sheet.
  • Do your best to answer as many test questions as you can. Remember, the more correct answers you give the better your score should be.
  • Where questions are difficult, you should try to either a) work out the right answer by first trying to eliminate all incorrect options, or b) leave these questions aside and come back to them later on if time permits.
  • Bear in mind that in certain tests, paper will be provided for rough work, especially in cases that involve numerical calculations and/or reasoning.  

Do not forget that the test venue will have staff on hand during the test so you can ask for clarification if you are not sure what is required of you. 

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