Bringing Paper To The Computer Screen
**NOTE: Beginning with the June 2022 test administration, LSAC will no longer administer the LSAT in a paper-and-pencil format outside of the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada. This policy applies to test takers who are registered for an international administration of the LSAT, as well as test takers registered for a test within the U.S. and Canada but residing temporarily in another country. Any test taker who will be physically outside of the U.S. or Canada at the time of the administration will have their LSAT delivered as an online, computer-based test that is live remote-proctored.
Bringing Paper to the Computer Screen
You are not allowed to write anything on your scratch paper until you begin the GRE (this will be when you see the first Analytical Writing prompt and a timer appears in the corner of your computer screen). This rule is in place to prevent people from writing downs all the tips and information they memorized before they begin the exam.
This should be fairly obvious, but only write on the scratch paper, not anything else in the testing center, such as the table or computer. Doing so will likely get you removed from the exam and could damage equipment. If you run out of room and need more scratch paper, raise your hand and the test administrator will bring you some.
All certification exams, whether they are computer-based or paper-and-pencil, involve two (2) hours of exam time (time to answer the exam questions). The total seat time (the total time spent at the computer terminal (15-minute tutorial, two hours of exam time, and a 15-minute post exam survey) is two and one-half (2.5) hours. If you are taking an exam with multiple parts (for example, CWI, Parts A and C), each part is two (2) hours of exam time and seat time is two and one-half (2.5) hours. Most exam-takers find that it takes less time to complete a CBT exam because the process of answering questions is more efficient. However, expect to be at the test center for approximately three hours (per part) as additional time is needed for check-in/check-out, and to review the pre-exam tutorial.
Yes. Scratch paper is available at the computer testing center for taking notes during the exam. Candidates will need to submit their scratch paper at the end of the exam and the scratch paper will be shredded.
The testing experience may be different but your scores are unlikely to be. The scientists who design and study the operation of certification exams have demonstrated over many decades that overall, there are no meaningful differences in scores between paper-based and computer-based exams.
You will have two (2) hours to complete each exam part (answer the actual exam questions). All certification exams, whether they are computer-based or paper-and-pencil, involve two (2) hours of exam time (time to answer the exam questions). The total seat time (the total time spent at the computer terminal (15-minute tutorial, two hours of exam time, and a 15-minute post exam survey) is two and one-half (2.5) hours. If you are taking an exam with multiple parts (for example, CWI, Parts A and C), each part is two (2) hours of exam time and the seat time is two and one-half (2.5) hours. Most exam-takers find that it takes less time to complete a CBT exam, because the process of answering questions is more efficient. However, expect to be at the test center for approximately three hours (per part) as additional time is needed for check-in/check-out, and to review the pre-exam tutorial.
Candidates are allowed to bring scientific, construction, or four-function calculators. A basic, four function calculator will also be provided on your computer screen during your exam at Prometric. More specific information is provided in the applicant instructions you will receive prior to testing. www.aws.org/library/doclib/ApplicantInstructions-CWI-CBT.pdf.
There is a clock on the computer screen (toward the top) that reflects the time remaining for each section of the exam. Note that personal watches must be removed and stored prior to entering the testing room. View sample tutorial page, www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/ABP/Tutorials/CCARDSilverlightTutorial/CCARDSilverlightTutorial/cdemo/tutpg11.htm
Many GRE students wonder which version of the General Test to take: paper or computer? Unfortunately, we have far less choice than we might like between a pencil-and-paper version of the GRE and the computer version.
Essentially, anywhere the computer version is available, students are required to take the computer-based version. This area includes practically the entire United States, most of Canada, and many other parts of the world. If you live in an area without access to a computer testing center, you may register for one of the three annual dates on which the paper-version of the GRE General Test is administered. More details may be found here:
Once you complete the exam, your unofficial results will be displayed on the computer screen explaining whether you passed or failed. It also will provide a score profile indicating your performance on the major areas of the exam. You will also get a printout of your results from the exam center. FINRA will post your official results with the Central Registration Depository (Web CRD) or report it to your regulator within three business days following your exam.
Yes, a very interesting blog (which validates my own personal experience as a homeschool "teacher").My son insists on doing everything digital.. and we're a modern paperless house so in principle we should be agreeing but he simply doesn't process the information deeply enough on-screen. By following math logic and taking notes on paper, I find that a far better understanding is achieved (and therefore faster). Thanks to the author for the blog/validation!
Hey Sue-Ann,What an awesome question! Honestly it is possible that yes, that is the problem. Maybe once tech catches up so that we can do it as smoothly by hand on a screen, those same handwriting benefits will translate to our digital interactions. That would be awesome, but I honestly don't know. I can't wait to see what they develop to make paperless more like paper writing for equations, etc. Thanks so much for chiming in! It got me thinking :)-Brigid
Came across your article recently - love the way you explained this! I'm one of the founders of the Formative Loop math program where students practice skills on paper, but then the teachers grade on the computer to make it individualized. We're always surprised that this pencil/paper approach has such a big impact on students' learning compared to fully digital programs (which is frankly what we initially designed!). Just wanted to say thanks for the great post!
So frustrating! Please stick to your passion for non-digital work, especially in math class! You are absolutely right. Sorry that you are dealing with that. Going fully on-screen is definitely not what's best for students. Feel free to share the facts with everyone. The kids will probably back you up as well! They are getting frustrated with the paperless trend too. I hope things improve. Hang in there and keep advocating for what they need :)Thanks for commenting. Have a great week! :)Brigid
Finally, the passing score calculations and standards will remain unchanged so candidates who complete a computer-based exam will be held to the same standard as those who completed a paper-based exam.
For the computer-based, will there be an opportunity to have pencil and paper for personal use? For example, if I want to scratch out the years of payments for a TVM calculation, could I do that (or will there be no paper allowed in the testing room)? Thanks in advance.
Once seated, your student will start with a simple tutorial. It will explain how to navigate and how to select answer choices. It will also remind your student of the general rules of testing. All testing will occur on a computer. During testing, instructions to your student for each section will be provided on screen and must be read. For select, important instructions, students will also be advised when they can use provided headphones to hear the written instructions spoken aloud.
Once your student completes the tutorial, they will start with the writing sample section by typing their response on a keyboard. Like all sections, there will be a specific amount of time allotted to complete the sections, and students will be given a five-minute warning at the top of the screen before the end of the section. Students will receive a small dry erase board and marker to organize their thoughts. However, the complete writing sample response must be typed on the computer.
I have already left a comment regarding what I would like to see from Remarkable. Here, I will comment on what some should buy first and that is the Mini iPad. For the money, it simply does so much more. And, if you hate writing on the iPad screen, write it on paper and simply scan it in to Notes on the iPad. Remarkable is actually a luxury item and will remain so until they bring the price down by quite a bit.
You're probably asking: Why not just use an iPad and an Apple Pencil? That's a fine method for taking notes, but the iPad has some downsides. For one, the glass screen doesn't provide the same type of paper-like friction. But also, it's hard to stay focused when your favorite mobile game or Netflix show is just a few taps away. I think an iPad can be a great tool for note-taking, especially if you invest in a screen protector with a paperlike feel. But an iPad can be risky if, like me, you lack self-control.