The day of the test is often marred with exam jitters and anxiety. Amidst all these feelings, you do not need to worry much if you have prepared well enough for the test. One of the things that you can do to get rid of these concerns is to familiarize yourself with the things that you are expected to know or do during the exam day. Here are four things that you should expect:
1. Things that you need to do
Among the things you need to expect on the day of the test are:
Online registration for results: For most of the tests that you will do, you will need to confirm your student details such as your student registration number and student ID on an online portal provided by your examiner.
Confirm test time, date, and location: While this information will be sent to you beforehand, you will still need to confirm it on the day of the test and ask questions that you may have.
Check how long it will take you to get to the exam center: You need to get to the exam station early enough. Thus, you can enquire about the directions or follow the ones provided to get there early.
2. Check online exam guides
You also need to check online exam guides to get critical information such as the required passing grade for your test. There are guides for various fields, including medicine where students have to enter the PANCE exam. These guides will inform you that the test constitutes about 300 questions clustered in blocks of 60 questions. The earliest that you can do the exam is seven days after you graduate. You also need to set aside approximately five hours to do the exam. Fortunately, there are breaks in between the exam so that you do not feel overwhelmed.
3. What you need to bring before the test
Whether you are taking a paper-based, computer-based, or oral exam, it is pertinent that you confirm the things that you need to have with you on the test day such as:
Your identification: Most institutions require that you bring a national ID or passport to the exam room for verification of the details that you provide. You must come with an original document that clearly shows your photo. Additionally, it is often required that your ID is valid on the day of the test, thus, you may want to work on that suppose your ID or passport has a close expiry date.
Have the right stationery: This sounds obvious but it is worth reminding. You need to ensure that you have enough pens, erasers, pencils, and a calculator if you suspect that your exams have math problems to solve. While there are exam centers that will give you the stationary that you need, you need to go in prepared for when you are not given anything.
Ask about food or drinks: Most exam centers prohibit students from having food or drinks with them during a test. You may want to confirm that with your institutions. However, you can come with water in a clear container in case they allow it.
4. Common dos and don’ts
You need to be aware of things that you should and should not do during the exams. For instance:
You should not bring or try to access any electronic devices or mobile phones to the test room.
Your picture will likely be taken during the exams hence you need not be surprised when that happens.
Avoid talking to other test-takers during the exam or peep to see what they might be writing.
When it is an oral exam, ensure that you raise your hand when you cannot hear anything from the recording provided.
Ensure that you listen and follow the instructions given religiously and consult the invigilator when something is not clear.
When the time elapses, ensure that you stop writing immediately as asked by the invigilator.
Hand in everything including the question paper, notes, and answer sheets before you exit the room.
You need to be aware of all these things before the test day to avoid any issues with your testing center, invigilator, or examiner. Most of the things mentioned above are straight forward and should be taken into consideration!