Testing experience for computer based subject test

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laytonlytmath
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Testing experience for computer based subject test

Post by laytonlytmath » Sun Jan 07, 2024 2:31 am

Is reading questions from a screen troubling? Do you have enough scratch paper?

sunflower
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Re: Testing experience for computer based subject test

Post by sunflower » Sun Jan 07, 2024 10:25 am

reading the questions was not an issue for me personally. however, they gave me two letter size pages of scratch paper (which was not enough for me personally) and if i wanted more i needed to hand in the scratch notes i had taken already. very annoying, i know that is an ets policy so you should be prepared for it

Mathfun1
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Re: Testing experience for computer based subject test

Post by Mathfun1 » Mon Jan 08, 2024 10:34 pm

I had similar experiences with @sunflower:

The fact that they take away your scratch paper is especially annoying if you want to revisit some question later, since you have to start from scratch (pun intended), unless you remember everything. I don't think the quantity of scratch paper is a problem, since you can always ask for more.

On the other hand, reading the questions from the PC is a non-issue. If you are worried about time usage, I don't think you will need to copy any of them on your scratch: Just sit comfortably (so that you don't need to shift your head too much to view the screen) and think/write fast but not too fast :P .

probabelitist
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Re: Testing experience for computer based subject test

Post by probabelitist » Wed Jan 10, 2024 3:41 am

Same experience as previous users, however my proctor was extremely slow in supplying me with scratch paper. They came to me, took my paper, went back, got paper, and then came again to give it. So freaking annoying. It led to a lot of stress.

KhanComplex
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Re: Testing experience for computer based subject test

Post by KhanComplex » Wed Jan 10, 2024 3:28 pm

The scratch paper thing was indeed an issue. I recommend doing as many problems as you can fit on the piece of scratch paper, and then going back and checking those problems; essentially, you can break the test up into 3 tests of 22 questions, each of which you can complete on one unit of scratch paper. Having the scratch work available to double-check when reviewing your work is quite convenient. The fact that ETS deliberately gives you less paper than you need to complete the test and makes you give up your previous piece of scratch paper to get a fresh one is quite irksome, and I can't think of a good justification for the policy. I have to assume someone thinks it is somehow beneficial for test security, but why that is true is beyond me.

LetolChorK
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Re: Testing experience for computer based subject test

Post by LetolChorK » Fri Jan 19, 2024 12:15 pm

How did you manage the challenge of limited scratch paper during the computer-based subject test, and do you have any tips for optimizing its use given the ETS policy?



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