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Preparing for A Professional Certification Exam: Everything You Need to Do to Pass

As you begin to prepare for your certification exam, there are some common-yet-powerful techniques that can make sure you’re not overlooking anything in your preparation. So many professionals prepare for a certification by reading a book and then they’re disappointed if they don’t pass the exam. The reality is, knowing the source information is only a small part of the preparation most people need to go through in order to take their certification exams.

Obviously, at Skillset we offer certification practice questions and study tests for hundreds of skills in a variety of fields, from Cryptography to Project Management — that’s because we believe taking practice tests is the very most valuable thing a professional can do when preparing for a certification exam (in the IT certification field or otherwise). But even taking practice questions is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of exam prep.

Today, we are sharing tips and tricks that will allow you to pass your certification exam regardless of which type of certification you are aiming for.


Review the Exam Blueprint

The first thing you want to make sure that you have is your exam blue print, which is also known as a text plan. Consider your exam blueprint as an outline to the exam. With the blue print, you will know which topics hold the most weight on the exam and plan to study accordingly. Reviewing the exam blueprint is what you do first, to maximize your study time.


Review the Exam References

In your exam handbook, you will find exam references, also known as a bibliography. This is where you will see the references used by the writers to determine the correct answers to the exam questions. You can go to each of the references yourself to help you better understand the type of questions to expect on your exam.


The Importance of Reviewing the Exam References

By reviewing the exam references, you will have gained additional insights as to how the exam questions were composed and the text that they are based off.


Take as Many Exam Practice Questions as You Can

Certification exam practice questions are the most valuable resources many studiers ever find. The will help you refresh all of the information that you have learned during the duration of your courses. This is very important if you want to pass. Some of the things you learned in the beginning of the course may have slipped your mind. Additionally, by doing the practice questions, you can see what areas are your strongest and which ones you need to focus on more before the exam day.


Practice Makes Perfect

The practice questions are similar to the actual exam and practice makes perfect. You will become faster at answering the questions correctly, and be prepared for anything that comes your way. If you do not take any of the other advice from this article, make sure you do the practice questions. Additionally, make sure you do as many practice questions as possible.


Lessons Learned from 1 Million Exam Practice Questions Answered

We’ve just hit a big milestone at Skillset, which comes with a lot of reflection, advancement and realizations about the “new normal” the site has entered in 2015. It’s all very exciting and insightful, so we wanted to share our experiences publicly and transparently.

First, the milestone: As of this week, Skillset.com users have answered more than 1,000,000 questions!

That’s one million. With an ‘M’. That means that our (very dedicated) users and visitors have clicked “submit” while answering one of our thousands of certification practice questions many thousands of times per day over the last few months.

Of course, after one million sample questions answered, we’ve learned quite a bit.


How did we get to one million questions answered?


The short answer to this question is that we have more than 100,000 sample questions available, so this milestone was almost inevitable. What we didn’t expect was how quickly our users would get there.

Skillset.com users are now answering more than 10,000 questions per day. Only a few months after we launched the site in earnest, that is a truly surprising number.

The reason, however, is fairly simple: Anyone preparing to take a professional certification exam knows they need to practice. And they can (and do) practice endlessly on Skillset, while rarely seeing the same question twice.