Being prepared for online tests

Nowadays in India more and more tests are moving online. Whether it is entrance exams like JEE Main, GATE  or others, the pen and paper format is being abandoned because it is cumbersome, there are leakages and the online version is being preferred. Online exams are secure, can handle the scale and are user friendly. This is the reason why most institutions today are turning towards this format.

Before taking an online exam, candidates have to be a little prepared. There are a few things to be kept in mind.


User ID and Password

Make sure you have a valid User ID and Password or whatever numerical ID is required to log onto the computer to take the exam. You don’t want to be stuck on the day of the exam without an ID.


Practice Test Prep Apps and websites

There are apps available for practice for some examinations that you can practice on beforehand. You can download them on the internet. Some of them are even available in the mobile version. A good Google search can help you find what you are looking for. You can also check out our Free Online Tests


Reading online



Get used to reading online: blogs, article, notifications, news… In the exam, you have to read the entire paper online and sometimes it can be lengthy. Reading on the screen is different from reading on paper, you cannot underline or make notes easily. Take the habit of reading on the screen beforehand so that on the day of the exam it is easy for you.


Read and understand the test guidelines

Make sure you understand well how to take the test. If you have practiced it before, there will not be a problem, otherwise clear all your doubts with the invigilator. Sometimes online tests can be a little tricky and you don’t want to lose marks because you haven’t understood how to take the test.


Be prepared for technical problems

Save your answers regularly in case there is a technical or power failure. Be prepared for technical problems and call the invigilators if there are any issues. As much as online exams have advantages, technical errors should be foreseen.


Plan your time 

As you test yourself, limit your time to that which will be allotted for the actual test, and decide how long you will spend on each question (e.g. if the test is one hour long, and you’ll have 10mn for each question). Keep an eye on the clock. You may want to set an alarm to notify you when you have limited time (e.g., 10 minutes) remaining in your testing period.