Cambridge English Qualification Digital: 7 Practical insights for your students

Cambridge English Qualification Digital: 7 Practical insights for your students

Are your students preparing for Cambridge English Exams and have some questions about the new computer-based, digital process? We have useful and highly practical insights for your students!

Cambridge English Qualification Digital: 7 Practical insights for your students

Give your students a better understanding of the new digital, computer-based exams by Cambridge. Share these insights with them. They will make their lives easier and show them how a Cambridge English Exam can be tackled.

1. Easily adjust contrast and text size

Candidates can customize both the contrast and text size according to their preferences. To access these settings, simply click on the Settings button, which appears as three lines at the top right corner of the screen. From there, they can select the contrast level and text size that best suits their needs, ensuring a comfortable and optimized viewing experience during the exam.

Cambridge English Qualification Digital: Easily adjust contrast and text size

2. Return smoothly to the unanswered question later

Exam takers have the flexibility to review and modify their answers at any point before the test concludes.

3. Easily identify unanswered questions

Each question is marked with a grey line above its corresponding question number. Once an answer has been provided for a question, the line will turn black. Any questions that remain unanswered will continue to have a grey line above their question number, making it simple for exam takers to spot them immediately.

Cambridge Qualification Digital - Easily identify unanswered questions

4. Keep track of the remaining time during the exam

A timer is displayed at the top of the screen throughout the exam. When there are only 5 minutes left, the timer will switch from showing only full minutes to displaying both minutes and seconds. As a final reminder, when just 1 minute remains, the background colour of the timer will change, and the text will turn red, ensuring that students are aware of the limited time remaining.

5. Straightforward text underlining and highlighting

To highlight a specific portion of text, candidates simply need to select the desired words or phrases using their cursor. Once selected, they can right-click on the highlighted text and choose the "Highlight" option from the menu that appears.

If they wish to remove the highlighting at any point, they can click on the highlighted text once more and select "Delete highlight" from the menu. This feature allows exam takers to easily emphasize important information or mark passages for later review.

Cambridge Digital - Straightforward text underlining and highlighting

6. Make notes during the exam

To create notes, candidates should select the desired text, right-click, and choose "Note" from the menu. This will highlight the passage and create a note. They can easily copy and paste content from their electronic notes into their answers as needed.

Cambridge English Qualification Digital - making notes

7. Word count and spell-checking

The system automatically counts the words as exam takers type, providing them with a real-time update of their word count.

However, it is important to note that there is no built-in spell-checker.

Cambridge English Qualification Digital -  word count

All tips and more are summarized here – originally created by Cambridge.

Some additional info to highlight: Advantages of taking a digital exam

Digital exams offer several advantages over traditional paper-based exams. One of the most significant benefits is the quick turnaround time for results. Candidates typically receive their scores within 5-10 working days, compared to the 4-6 weeks required for Cambridge paper-based exams.

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