Our View: CBT- The right way

Everyone here at The University of Akron will probably have a class sooner or later that conducts its testing through the Computer Based Testing Center in Shrank North. Sometimes this CBT style testing is a hassle, but it can also be quite a benefit if your time is managed adequately.


Everyone here at The University of Akron will probably have a class sooner or later that conducts its testing through the Computer Based Testing Center in Shrank North. Sometimes this CBT style testing is a hassle, but it can also be quite a benefit if your time is managed adequately.

Most classes that use CBT give you multiple chances to take the test, taking the highest score as your final grade. Subsequently, these classes give you the opportunity to take the test on your own time when you may feel more prepared. At times it can be a little aggravating to schedule outside time to take a test. However, if you are allowed to take the test twice and you plan your time wisely, you can prepare and take the test early in the week and again toward the end of the week. How many other classes give you the opportunity to see how the test is set up and take it twice?

The major downside to CBT is the long lines. Periodically throughout the semester, if you walk by Shrank North, you’ll see long lines going down the hallway of people waiting to take their tests. Usually, these long lines are seen on Thursdays and Fridays around noon or afternoon. Of course, these are ideal times for any student to take a test. However, every other student on campus thinks exactly the same thing, so people wait regularly in long lines up to an hour just to take a test. This week is no different. As classes wind down for Spring Break, everyone is scrambling for time to take tests at CBT. We must remember that everyone else is probably thinking the same thing.

Though Spring Break is only a couple of days away, perhaps students of classes that require CBT should consider a new strategy when they return from break. Having the option of taking a test twice is a huge advantage, and there is no excuse to not use that advantage. Take the test early in the week and early in the day. You won’t feel rushed from waiting in lines and it gives you the chance to feel prepared. Most importantly, it cuts down on the time you waste waiting in lines, as well as helps the flow of other test takers throughout the week. If everyone tried a different strategy, things might be a little easier for everyone.

College is one of the best opportunities in our life to gain experience in time management. Take advantage of this as much as you can and try out a new routine if you’re required to take a computer based test.