Have you ever been so busy preparing for a test that you forget to do the things that make getting into the test program easier in the first place? After all, how will you know where to begin if you don’t know where you’re starting?
If you’re anything like most people, you probably answer yes to both of these questions. It can be difficult enough to get ready for a test; let alone one that will decide whether or not you get accepted into a graduate program. Fortunately, there are several ways to help ease your pre-test anxiety without having to change the way you study.
The good news is that with just a few simple changes, it doesn’t have to be an impossible feat. If you feel like reading this article, chances are that it applies to you. You see, self-assessment is something we as humans do naturally and without thinking twice about it. Even though it can seem scary or confusing at times, it’s pretty simple once you get going. By understanding your strengths and weaknesses and working on improving them while taking on new challenges, there’s no reason why you can’t succeed on the exam. Keep reading for some helpful tips that will help prepare for both your techie and business certification exams:
Get a Grip On Your Content Knowledge and Skills
First things first, let’s get some context around what you need to know to pass your test. To pass certification exams, you must be able to understand the material and be able to apply it to real-world scenarios. To be perfectly honest, the topic and objective of your certification will determine which of the 100+ certifications you take will be more relevant to your interests and life. However, there are some general topics that you’ll need to be able to understand to pass the certification.
For example, if your certification is for a system administration certification, then you’ll need to be able to comprehend what each of the required concepts means and why they’re important to the system. On the other hand, if your certification is for an engineer certification, you’ll need to know a bit about math and computer science to pass the test. These are just a few things to keep in mind as you start your journey toward certification.
Ditch The Summation
Many people find that they’re more comfortable with a more organized approach to reviewing concepts. When it comes to taking a test, however, there’s something about getting sidetracked and having some fun while you’re at it. With that in mind, try ranking each concept in a different section of the test by using a combination of the ditching and summarization techniques. For example, let’s say you have to book review the requirements for an IT security certification. To get a better sense of what each of the concepts means, you could try ranking them according to how much fun you think you’ll have doing it. If you rank security high on the fun list, you probably won’t be thinking about how to implement it in a real-world setting.
Empower Your Brain with Self-Reviewing
Another way to help ease your pre-test anxiety is by playing a little bit with yourself before you sit for your certification. By repeating the steps you just outlined for getting a grip on your content, you can begin to develop the skills you need to perform well on the actual test. Doing so can make you more conscious of your performance and help you identify areas of weakness. Once you’ve identified what needs improvement, it’ll be much easier to correct your path toward success.
Don’t Forget About The Recitation Technique
Last but not least, don’t forget about the recitation technique. This is probably the most important tip of all when it comes to taking certification tests. To ensure that you’re staying focused and on-task while taking the test, you need to keep the recitation technique in mind at all times. You see, the recitation technique is simply the repetition of definitions, terms, and phrases from start to finish in your head. This is what you do when you’re studying for a test and you want to make sure you’re not getting any ideas about what’s happening on the exam.
You may have heard that you shouldn’t read the question ahead of time since it will practice your reading comprehension. While that’s true, you should still read the question while you’re still thinking about it since the timing will be crucial for the exam.
Now that you’ve got some insight into how to prepare for your certification exams, it’s time to get focused on what matters: sitting down and taking the test. The more prepared you are, the more likely you are to succeed. The only way to do that is to study hard, stay focused and be methodical with your approach. In time, you’ll find that the process of taking certification exams becomes less intimidating and more enjoyable