Exams differ from subject to subject, and sometimes they're much more important for one field than they are for others. Some educators think that exams are the most important thing ever, and other educators hate exams. However, many people are turning to take-home exams right now as a way to assess student achievement because everyone is forced to learn remotely due to COVID19.
Educators will administer take home exams in different ways but in most cases they will:
A take home exam differs from an in-person exam because the stress of memorising a large amount of information is largely gone. But with the timed element, either timing through an online portal or a quick turn around from when the time the exam is shared to when it is due, means that the stakes are still just as high.
Because your instructors know that you don't need to memorise details, they will expect more from you in a take-home exam setting than in an in-person one.
Below are some tried and true strategies to help you succeed on take-home exams - whether it's for a qualification or due to COVID19 or simply because your instructors like take home exams!
We've listed three of the most common short take-home exam questions and some strategies to master them if and when they appear on your take-home exams.
Multiple Choice Exam Questions
True/False Exam Questions
Fill in the Blanks Exam Questions
Most long answer take-home exam questions are essay-type responses. There are a few ways to be successful at these.
Whether you are writing a take-home exam filled with long-answer essay questions or one with short answer questions or one with a mix of both, it will be important to watch your timing. If your instructor is giving you three days for a take-home exam, then that means that they are expecting you to take your time and think through your responses quite closely. Their standards will be higher than if they had only given you one hour. So don't leave this take-home exam until the last minute!
On the other hand, if your take-home exam is only available within a short window of time, make sure that you organise it properly so that you set a time limit for each section and move along promptly.
So a take-home exam offers an opportunity to show off what you know and write in the comfort of your home and your pyjamas! Just be organised, be calm, and good luck!
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