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6 Tips for Writing Online Exams

Written by Christine Rees

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Tips for writing online exams

Tips for writing online exams? Yes, please! We’ve gathered some basics for you to follow so you can ace those online exams this semester.

With this massive switch to online teaching and learning in a short time frame, you might be writing your upcoming exams online. If you’re nervous about this new method, don’t worry, we have your back! When it comes to taking any exams, you must prepare and study beforehand. However, when it comes to tips for writing online exams, here are some good rules to follow:

Test Your Technology

Test that everything works on your computer prior to the exam! Check Lockdown Browser (if you’re using it) and any other apps that are required. Also, don’t forget to keep a charger close by!


Find a way to stay on track. If you’re living in a loud home, block out the noise so you can concentrate. You might not be able to wear headphones or listen to music while you write online exams (because it looks like you’re cheating on camera), but what about earplugs? Find a secluded area and let everyone know that you’re writing the exam so they don’t bother you.

Pace Yourself

You don’t need to rush through it all, but keep an eye on the clock. Before this exam, you should review the guidelines, expectations, and test format so you know how long to spend on each question. 

Don’t Leave the Test Page

So, you think you can quickly Google what you don’t know during an online test? WRONG. If you leave the test page, you risk losing access to it again. Specific apps and websites are used to lock you out once you leave. Furthermore, copying the tab and reopening the exam in a different window may lose all of your work.

Unforeseen Tech Problems

This can happen to anyone. Even after testing the equipment beforehand, your laptop might decide to do an impromptu shutdownwithout permission. DON’T PANIC. Contact your instructor immediately and let them know what happened. Detail the exact problem, the error messages received, and even take a screenshot or photo on your phone to prove that you’re not lying.


It’s easy to overlook an unanswered question on your computer. Review everything before submitting itaccuracy, spelling, and grammar. Don’t leave any multiple-choice questions unanswered. Once you’re positive you have done everything you can, it’s time to submit. 

There you have it. If you follow these 6 tips for writing online exams, you should be alright. Just don’t forget to study.

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