Thursday, December 10, 2009

Avoiding problems with your ELI final exams

It's the time of the semester when many of you will be taking one, or several, final exams for your ELI courses. Here are a few tips and reminders to help you avoid problems:
  • Remember that there are thousands of other students at ELI just like you who have final exams to take in the coming weeks. As a result, it's important to plan ahead. Try to avoid taking your exam at the last minute. If you go to the testing center on the final deadline date, you may run into a long line--possibly so long you won't even be able to take your test before the testing center closes. Arrange your schedule now, if at all possible, to take your exam(s) earlier so that you can avoid this last-minute rush.
  • Be sure to bring your exam pass and photo ID with you. Not having the proper documents can cause a delay in getting you into the room to actually begin your exam.
  • Be aware that if you have multiple exams to take, out of fairness to other students, you will only be allowed to take one exam at a time; after taking that exam, you'll need to go to the end of the line and wait for another turn. As a result, if you do have multiple exams to take, you might want to plan your time so that you can go to the testing center separately for each one. If that won't work, be sure to leave plenty of time to wait through the line multiple times.

Taking exams--especially final exams--is stressful for everyone. The more you can prepare in advance to avoid problems like these, the less stressed you will be and the more you can focus on showing your teachers what you know!

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