Online Quizzes, Tests, and Exams
Online quizzes, tests and exams are common in online courses and all involve some form of technology, usually as part of your course management system. Also, some online math-related courses include special software for doing mathematic equations in an online testing environment.
Just like on paper, these can be formatted as multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, short-answer, or long answer. They can be timed, meaning they would shut down after a pre-established period of time beginning from the moment you logged on to the quiz or exam. Or they may be open-ended, which may mean they are also open-book tests. Some online test, quiz or exam systems are scored immediately for instant feedback while others must be reviewed by your instructor before a grade is assigned.
In addition to having a reliable internet connection, its important that you understand fully how to log-in, properly save and exit the test-taking system. Check the help section of your course management system prior to logging on for your exam to ensure you'll receive the credit you earn with your answers.
Outside of the technology, preparing for an online exam is no different than preparing for any other exam you've taken. Be sure to take good notes, study the material and most importantly ask any questions or clarifications you need prior to the exam. If you have test anxiety, be sure to contact your institutions' student affairs office or counseling center prior to your first exam. They will be able to help you with relief strategies and or accommodations if they are necessary.