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In-Class Exam Preparation


The In-Class Exam Preparation module introduces students to the requirements for successful testing in a classroom setting including how to study, what to do on exam day and what to bring to a test.
Materials also discuss how students can develop good testing skills like how to pace an exam, how to be most efficient for each type of exam and ways to approach a professor with concerns about testing.

Outcomes and Objectives

The In-Class Exam Preparation student module meets the following NOVA and VCCS goals and student learning outcomes:

  • NOVA General Education Goals:
    • Personal Development
  • VCCS Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Learning how to study and prepare for academic or professional examinations will help students achieve higher levels of success and become more engaged citizens.

Copyright and Usage

Unless otherwise noted, the content in this module and any suggested assignments or assessments are licensed as CC BY NC

More Info About the In-Class Exam Preparation Student Module

This module was developed in November 2014, by Annalise Rivas, (Former) Testing Center Instructor at the Annandale Campus. Updated by Jason DeFreitas, Annandale Testing Center Supervisor, in April 2017.

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Suggested Assignments and Assessments:

1. Plan The Best Test Day Ever

  • After students have viewed the Effective Ways of Studying presentation, have them make a specific plan for the day of the test. The attached sheet provides a list of items they need to consider or have students create their own based on the outline provided with their own creative format.

2. Silly Tips to Put Students at Ease

  • Sometimes the best thing you can do for students ahead of an exam is make them laugh and put them at ease. While giving them study tips and hints for how to boost their concentration are helpful, here are some "silly" things you can share when you need to lower your class's anxiety before an exam. First tell them all to Wear a Superman T-shirt on the day of the test to boost their confidence. If you have a quick review before the exam, give each student a piece of gum during the session and then have them all spit it out when testing begins to explore how Chewing Gum May Improve Test Scores. Finally, you can play music for your students before an exam and have them debate the merits of the Mozart Effect.

Use the In-Class Exam Preparation Student Module With:

Get More help Using the In-Class Exam Preparation Student Module:

  • For students who need more support preparing for exams or learning study skills, direct them to the relevant resource through Academic Support Services at Annandale.
  • If you need to refer students to the Testing Center for special accommodations testing, to make-up an exam, or for any other reason, please see the Testing Center's website. If students need more support preparing for academic exams, they can visit the Annandale Academic Support Services.
  • To alert students to the consequences of academic dishonesty, direct them to the Student Handbook segment on Academic Dishonesty or the Academic Integrity segment of the NOVA Catalog.
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