How to take your exam[1]

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How to take your exam[1]

  1. 1. How to Take Your Exam Advancement Examination Day Has Finally Arrived 1 of 21 Finally the day to take your advancement-in-rate exam has arrived. You have studied diligently for the past several months with your shipmates, and you are confident that you are prepared. Still if this is your first time to take an advancement exam, you are probably a little nervous. This section will help you know what to expect when you take your actual advancement-in-rate examination.
  2. 2. How to Take Your Exam Items You Need to Bring on Exam Day 2 of 21 On exam day, you have required and optional items that you need to bring to the testing site. You must bring your military ID card when you take your exam. At most exam sites, the Uniform of the Day is required. Candidates may use the following items on exam day: Log tables Slide rules Musicians may not use “musical slide rules”. Quartermasters are not authorized to use “nautical slide rules”. Solar or battery-powered, hand-held calculators of any key configuration as long as they are capable of displaying only a single line of numeric and mathematical characters Calculators must not be capable of storing and retrieving data. Seabee ratings are not allowed to use preprogrammed construction, electrician, plumbing, and other calculators designed specifically for tradesman use. Engineering Aid (EA) candidates are allowed to use general scientific calculators that are not programmable. Any examining material or instruments authorized in the NAVADMIN for the current examination Prior to exam day, check with your exam site to determine its specific requirements.
  3. 3. How to Take Your Exam Items That Are Allowed or Provided on Exam Day 3 of 21 On exam day you will be allowed to bring or will be provided all items that are required for you to take your exam. All advancement candidates are provided the following items: Computer-generated Advancement in Rate or Change of Rating Worksheet Unopened examination for the appropriate rating and paygrade One answer sheet Scratch paper Two lead pencils Colored feedback sheet Any examining material or instruments authorized in the NAVADMIN for the current examination (Prior to exam day, check with your exam site to see if you need to provide some of these materials or instruments.)
  4. 4. How to Take Your Exam The Examination Session Begins 4 of 21 The examination session lasts exactly 3 hours (180 minutes). It starts on time, and it ends on time. If you are late, you will not be allowed to take your advancement exam. Don't be late! When you arrive to take your exam, your military ID card will be checked before you are allowed in the examination area and given any testing materials. Once you have received your materials, you will be assigned a seat for the test. Usually, you will not sit beside or across from anyone in your rating.
  5. 5. How to Take Your Exam Pre-Exam Procedures 5 of 21 Once the examination area has been closed and the testing session begins, the ESO or designated examiner will read the Verbatim Instructions for your exam. Before you begin answering your exam questions, you will: Verify and correct bar-coded information on your Answer Sheet. Enter information from your Worksheet on your Answer Sheet. Open your examination envelope and remove your examination booklet. Check your examination booklet to ensure you have the exam for the rating in which you are competing or hoping to advance. Check to make sure no missing, misnumbered, or illegible pages are contained in your examination booklet. If you have an incorrect examination booklet or your booklet has errors, you will be given a replacement examination booklet. If spare examinations are not available, an exam will be split between two Sailors. If you are using a split examination booklet, you cannot write in the examination booklet when you are taking your exam.
  6. 6. How to Take Your Exam Examination Proctors 6 of 21 Proctors are personnel who supervise the administration of your examination to ensure standardized test procedures are maintained. They assist in the administration of the exam and ensure no cheating occurs. There will be at least one proctor for every 25 candidates. During the examination session, proctors: May explain the instructions on the face of the exam booklet. Will not read the exam questions to you or interpret them for you. Will provide extra pencils and scratch paper when needed. May escort candidates to the head in emergency situations. Will collect your exam materials and ensure your Answer Sheet and Worksheet are complete and clearly understood.
  7. 7. How to Take Your Exam Your Examination Booklet 7 of 21 Each examination booklet contains 200 multiple-choice questions. On every exam: Each question has four numbered responses. Each question has only one correct answer. Occupational questions are first and PMK questions last. Your paygrade determines the number of rating and PMK questions you will be given. As you advance, you will see more PMK questions and fewer rating questions on your exams. Check the table to see the number of rating and PMK questions that will appear on your exam. Question Count By Paygrade Paygrade Rating PMK E4 150 50 E5 135 65 E6 115 85 E7 100 100
  8. 8. How to Take Your Exam Test-Taking Tips for Your Advancement Exam 8 of 21 Be confident! If you have developed and followed your study plan, you are prepared to take this exam. Follow these tips as you take your exam: Accept the fact that you will be anxious. Very few people enjoy taking tests! Do not rush through your exam. Do not be distracted by the people around you.
  9. 9. How to Take Your Exam Additional Test-Taking Tips 9 of 21 Follow these tips when answering your exam questions: Read each exam item carefully. Try to answer the question in your own words before you read your answer choices. Read your answer choices. If you find the answer, mark your choice and move to the next question. Fill in the bubble for your answer completely. If you change an answer, make sure you completely erase the answer bubble. Trust your knowledge and do not watch for answer patterns. Be sure you fill in only one answer per question. Make sure the number on your answer sheet matches the number of the question you are answering.
  10. 10. How to Take Your Exam More Test-Taking Tips 10 of 21 The order in which you answer your exam questions can help relieve your anxiety and often improve your exam score. Follow these suggestions for answering your questions: Answer the easy questions first. Save the toughest questions for last. Do not waste time and build anxiety on difficult questions. Go to the next question if you aren’t sure of an answer. Mark the skipped question in your exam booklet, (if you are not sharing an exam booklet). Change your focus to answering the next question. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and relax if you run into several difficult questions in a row. Think to yourself, “I can do this; just relax.” Answer every question on your exam. There is no penalty for guessing.
  11. 11. How to Take Your Exam Choosing the Correct Answer 11 of 21 One helpful thing about your advancement exam is that you always have the correct answer for each question in front of you. You just have to select the correct answer and eliminate the wrong answers, or distractors. These distractors are designed to be similar to distract you away from the correct answer. The chiefs who developed your exam have taken courses to help them develop answer choices that will distract you from the correct answer. So, the best exam results are obtained when you have studied and can remember the correct answers.
  12. 12. How to Take Your Exam Strategies for Selecting the Correct Multiple- Choice Answer 12 of 21 When taking your advancement examination, use the following strategies to help you select the correct answer: Read each question carefully. Underline key words or information in the question that will help you understand it and guide you to the correct answer. Try to answer the question in your own words before you look at your choices. Read each answer choice carefully. Select the choice that matches your answer the best. NOTE: If there were not enough complete exams available for your rate and rating, sometimes you may have to split an exam and share it. If you are using a split exam booklet, you cannot write in the examination booklet when you are taking your exam.
  13. 13. How to Take Your Exam What to Do When You Are Unsure of an Answer 13 of 21 It is very rare for a Sailor to answer all questions on an advancement exam correctly. Use these strategies to help you answer difficult questions: When you are not sure of an answer, mark that question in your examination booklet, if you are not splitting your exam with another Sailor. Then skip the question, and come back to it later. Be careful not to lose your place on your answer sheet. Sometimes information that is included in a question, diagram, or answer choice will help you answer a difficult question you skipped or one you encounter later on your exam. After you have answered all the easy questions, go back to the questions you left unanswered and use the process of elimination (POE) strategies to help eliminate choices and increase your odds of choosing the correct answer.
  14. 14. How to Take Your Exam Process of Elimination (POE) Strategies 14 of 21 Process of Elimination (POE) strategies help you eliminate incorrect answers when you are unsure of the correct answer to a question. When you eliminate incorrect answers, you increase the probability of selecting the correct answer. Remember, for every incorrect answer you eliminate, the probability of selecting the correct answer improves. Eliminate two choices, and your chance of getting the correct answer jumps to 50 percent. Follow these POE strategies to help you select the correct answer: Look at each answer choice critically. Try to determine why an answer is wrong. Cross off incorrect answers in your exam booklet, if you are not splitting your exam with another Sailor.
  15. 15. How to Take Your Exam Additional POE Strategies 15 of 21 After you have eliminated as many answer choices as possible, make an educated guess from the answer choices that remain: Make sure the answer satisfies all parts of the question. Rule out all answers that contain wrong options. Rule out all answers that omit options that you are sure exist. Choose an answer that makes sense based on logical reasoning and your background knowledge.
  16. 16. How to Take Your Exam Strategies for Questions with Diagrams 16 of 21 Some of your exam questions may include a diagram that you must use to help answer that question or several questions. Follow the strategies below to answer questions that contain diagrams: Before reading the question, you should: Study the diagram carefully. Read the title and any description that is provided. Ask yourself what the diagram is about. Ask yourself what the diagram shows you. Examine all labels on the diagram. Follow the strategies for answering multiple-choice questions.
  17. 17. How to Take Your Exam Strategies for Questions with Tables 17 of 21 Some questions on your exam may include a table that you must use to help answer that question or several questions. Follow the strategies below to answer questions that contain tables: Before reading the question, you should: Read the title of the table, which is usually located at the top. Read all labels for the table. Determine the number of columns in the table and their purpose. Determine the number of rows in the table and their purpose. Figure out the relationship between the columns and rows. Ask yourself what the table shows you. Follow the strategies for answering multiple-choice questions.
  18. 18. How to Take Your Exam Strategies for Questions with Graphs 18 of 21 Some of your questions may include a graph that you must use to help answer that question or several questions. Follow the strategies below to answer questions that contain graphs: Before reading the question, you should: Determine the type of graph used such as bar, line, or circle. Read the title of the graph. Read all labels for the graph. Analyze the graph. Answer these questions about the graph. What information does this graph give me? What are the labeled items? What happens to an item when other items change? Follow the strategies for answering multiple-choice questions.
  19. 19. How to Take Your Exam Strategies for Questions Requiring Calculations 19 of 21 For some questions on your exam, you may have to use a mathematical formula and compute your answer. Follow the strategies below to answer questions that require mathematical calculations: When inserting numbers into your formula, make sure you copy the numbers from your question correctly. When working the problem on your scratch paper, make sure you put the question number beside your math problem. You may want to return to your calculation later. If you calculate your answer, and it does not match one of your answer choices, recheck your calculation with your calculator before trying a different formula or rearranging your numbers. If there is enough room, and you are not splitting your exam with another Sailor, calculate your answer in your exam booklet so you can easily see all numbers used in your formula.
  20. 20. How to Take Your Exam Double-Check Your Exam Answers 20 of 21 If you complete your exam before time runs out, double-check your answers. Follow these tips when you complete your exam: Make sure you answered all items. Make sure the question number matches the number of the item on your Answer Sheet. Make sure you have marked only one answer per question. Be careful about changing a multiple-choice answer without a good reason. Change your answer only if you have sound reasoning for the change. Your first intuition is often your best intuition. If you finish early, you will have time to complete the feedback sheet in the materials you were given when you entered the examination area. Then, you can turn in all your testing materials and leave the examination area.
  21. 21. How to Take Your Exam Pacing Yourself During Your Exam 21 of 21 You have exactly three hours (180 minutes) to complete your advancement examination. You will be notified when there is 30 minutes of testing time left. Having your watch handy can really help you pace yourself during your exam. Never let time run out without answering all questions. Follow these timely tips as you complete your exam: Watch your time carefully. Follow your pace and do not be distracted by the pace of others around you. Check your watch regularly after you have been notified that only 30 minutes are left for your exam. When you know you will not have time to read and answer the remaining questions: Select your favorite number: 1, 2, 3, or 4. Use this number as your answer choice and fill in the answers to any questions you will not have time to read and answer.

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