Tests and exams are times of tension at the best of times. You can be stressed because you are being examined, and your instructor, TA and other officials are stressed because they are responsible for preserving the integrity of the test/exam. Try the following tips to help avoid being reported for an offence.
They are made for your benefit and will remind you of things you may have forgotten. If you don't understand something, don't hesitate to ask an invigilator—they are there to assist.
All electronic devices are considered unauthorized aids in an exam. Pack it in your bag and leave it at the front of the room, or better yet, leave it at home.
If no aids are allowed, this means all study notes, calculators, phones, iPods and dictionaries must be packed away, even if it was ok to have them during your mid-term tests.
Make sure you didn’t forget about your phone, iPod, or the notes you were reading on the subway.
Exam officers will check your card and ask you to sign an attendance list.
Only bring what you need to write the exam: pens, pencils, eraser, ID.
Free yourself and your friends of the temptation to sneak a peak at each other’s answer paper or ask each other for the time or for assistance.
Continuing to write after the end of the exam is announced is an offence.
Being well-rested will help you concentrate and reduce anxiety.