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Examination Tips

  1. Meet all posted deadlines (for registering, scheduling, requesting an accommodation, deferring, etc.).
  2. Read and comply with the Rules and Protocol (for lawyers or for paralegals)—pay careful attention to what items are permitted and what actions are prohibited.
  3. Do not have items that are not permitted items in the testing area.
  4. Download the secure browser well in advance of your licensing examination.
  5. Ensure you have administrator rights to the computer you are using (otherwise, you may be unable to write the licensing examination).
  6. Practise using the online licensing examination software (with sample questions) to ensure that you fully understand all of its functions and features (note the sections across the top, the orange “Question navigation” tool (which can be minimized), the “Question review” tool, the note-taking feature, the calculator, the bookmarking tool, and the highlight and strikeout feature (using this feature may also select the radio button of that answer, so be careful when using it)).
  7. Remember that there are 80 questions in each part and that there may be multiple sections in each part. Use the “Question review” tool to ensure you do not leave any questions blank.
  8. Read the Guide to Licensing Examinations.
  9. Consider creating a tool for yourself to guide you in managing how much time you will spend, on average, per question.
  10. Have your hard copy study materials organized in advance (remember that you cannot access anything on your computer other than the licensing examination itself).
  11. Try to prepare mentally for unexpected events during your licensing examination (your Internet could go down, the electricity could go out, a fire alarm could go off in your building)—almost every situation can be readily resolved if you remain in touch with your proctor.
  12. Take care of personal needs prior to starting the licensing examination (the only permitted break is the 30-minute break between part 1 and part 2).
  13. Maximize Internet connectivity during your licensing examination (e.g., if you are writing in a home, consider asking those residing in the home to refrain from using the Internet while you are writing; consider whether you can set up your testing area in close proximity to your modem).
  14. Try not to worry if it takes time to launch the licensing examination—time does not start until the licensing examination opens, and the proctors are experienced in assisting candidates with launching the licensing examination.
  15. Try not to repeatedly click the “Next” button if your system freezes briefly—this may cause your exam to advance well beyond the next question.
  16. If you are unable to advance to a question using your normal approach, first try a different approach within the software; if you still cannot advance, contact your proctor.
  17. Don’t forget to navigate to each section that appears at the top of the licensing examination (the next set of question numbers will appear when you do that). Only questions within a given section will appear in the “Question navigation” display.
  18. Stay in touch with your proctor—bear in mind that the proctor is also assisting other candidates, so feel free to wave your hands in front of the camera if the proctor does not respond to your verbal request within a few minutes.
  19. Do not leave the testing area without talking to your proctor (except in case of emergency).
  20. Send a message to the Law Society through your online account if you experience a significant issue while writing your licensing examination that prevents you from completing your licensing examination (e.g., a medical emergency, a lengthy and unanticipated/unexpected power outage). Please note that candidates assume responsibility for, and are expected to manage, temporary intermittent outages associated with an unstable or insufficiently strong Internet connection.
  21. Remember that the licensing examination will automatically submit once your time has elapsed.
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