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UCLA Center for Accessible Education

Creating your physical exam space:

Don’t wait until the day of your exam to set up your space. These tips can (and should) be applied when setting up your study space:

  • Set up a location that minimizes both visual and auditory distractions. Try to find a location that you cannot see others moving around and is located in a quiet space.
  • Use noise cancelling headphones or earplugs to reduce auditory distractions.
  • Place a note on a door to let others know that you are testing, including a time that you will be done.
  • Remove unnecessary items from your exam space.
  • Turn off your phone and put it where you cannot see the screen. Turn off notifications on your laptop.

Preparing your technology for exams:

Each class may have a different exam set-up and requirements, Avoid the stress of the unknown by reviewing test parameters well before starting your exam:

Check the tech requirements:

  • Do you have a link to the testing platform?
  • Will there be a password?
  • Check that you can get to the test site and know how to log on well before the test.

Check the test parameters, be sure to know:

  • When is the exam? Consider time zones if you are out of state
  • How long is the test?
  • Can you log out and log in again?
  • Can you go back to a previous test question or do you have to submit an answer before proceeding?
  • How can you contact your professor with questions or technology concerns?

During the exam:

  • Focus on what you can control.
  • Reduce internal recurring thoughts. Keep a post-it note or piece of paper to write down your thoughts so you don’t forget them.
  • Chewing gum is sometimes helpful for focus.
  • Have a stress ball or other fidget to help when you start to feel restless.
  • Be sure to step away and take a deep breath after long questions (or if you get stuck). Remembering to breathe is important to your testing performance.