Online Quizzes and Exams FAQs

Online Quizzes and Exams Questions and Information

• How do I study for exams/tests online?
  • Use the same techniques you used for face-to-face exams.
  • Gather all materials:
    • Notes, flashcards, PowerPoints, old quizzes, etc.
  • Begin studying early.
    • Use a 5-day or 8-day study plan.
      • Click here for the 5-day study plan.
      • Click here for the 8-day study plan.
  • Tell yourself it is still an exam. The only difference is that you are now taking the exam online via a computer versus on paper in class.
• Can I use notes on my online quizzes or exams in Canvas?
  • Professors should let students know if they can use notes on quizzes or exams in Canvas.
• How do I take exams online?
  • Go to a quiet room.
  • Set up workspace so that it is free of distractions.
    • You should only have items you are allowed to use during exam with you.
  • Login to Canvas and follow instructions given by professor for how to start exam.
  • If taking exam on laptop, make sure you have a laptop charger handy.
  • Use similar test taking strategies you used in face-to-face classes for taking exams:
    • Read through entire exam (if allowed).
    • Answer questions you know the answer to first.
    • Don’t leave answers blank unless stated you can.
    • Take deep breaths and try to relax during exam.
    • Try not focus on the timer on the exam but give yourself enough time to answer all questions on exam.
    • Double check your work before submitting.
• How do I take exams online if I live with multiple people or have pets?
  • Let people in your household know that you are taking an exam during a specific timeframe and ask that they be quiet and courteous during that time.
  • Consider putting pets outside or in another room.
  • Go to a quiet room.
  • Set up workspace so that it is free of distractions.
    • You should only have items you are allowed to use during exam with you.
• How do I take exams online if they are in a set time frame (only available from Monday at 8am to Wednesday at 11:59pm)?
  • Take the exam as early as possible after it opens.
  • Make sure you budget enough time to take the exam.
  • If the exam is timed, do not wait until the very last minute to launch the exam online.
  • If you have any issues with the timeframe, contact your professor.
• What if I have to take an exam/test using a lockdown browser?
  • Professors should post instructions for how this feature will work.