Top 10 Tips for Avoiding Exam and Test Offences

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.

  1. Listen carefully to all exam announcements.

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.

  1. Don’t bring your phone to your exam desk.

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.

  1. Read the exam paper for warnings of “No Aids”.

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.

  1. Empty your pockets.

Make sure you didn’t forget about your phone, iPod, or the notes you were reading on the subway.

  1. Bring your TCard and extra photo ID, just in case.

Exam officers will check your card and ask you to sign an attendance list.

  1. Take no other items to your desk.

Only bring what you need to write the exam: pens, pencils, eraser, ID.

  1. Don’t sit next to your friends.

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.

  1. Avoid doing anything that could be interpreted as suspicious, including:
    • looking at other students’ papers
    • writing answers in large letters that can be easily seen by your neighbours
    • talking to your neighbours about anything at all
    • talking to yourself!
  2. Stop writing at the end of the exam.

Continuing to write after the end of the exam is announced is an offence.

  1. Get a good night’s sleep.

Being well-rested will help you concentrate and reduce anxiety.