Sitting an Exam from the Students' Point of View

  • Jana Matošková
  • e-Pedagogium, December 2017, Palacky University Olomouc
  • DOI: 10.5507/epd.2017.055

What do students think about an exam and how do they prepare for it?

Photo by Tamarcus Brown on Unsplash

Photo by Tamarcus Brown on Unsplash

What is it about?

The study examined students’ reports about their feelings related to exams, factors influencing exam passing and behaviour and mental strategies applied during exam sitting. It was based on an analysis of data gained by way of interviews and group dis- cussions with students, a questionnaire survey among students and student seminar works.

Why is it important?

It is based on student' reports. The study supports the idea that academic performance is influenced by external context as well as internal factors like intelligence, personality, and study motivation. The study indicates that students prefer neither a surface approach to studying nor cheating, but there are exceptions in which they find such behaviour appropriate. Further, if students have lack of knowledge, they often rely in such cases on an examiner’s exhaustion, lack of attention or indulgence.


Dr. Jana Matošková
Tomas Bata University in Zlín

Only a few studies have examined exams from students’ points of view and dealt with their recommendations for exam passing.

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