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Three Simple Ways to Prepare for a Certification Exam

When it comes to preparing for an exam, different methods work for different people. Since not everyone is the same, there are plenty of tips and tricks to ready yourself for an exam and stay ready.

There are three time-tested and well-researched components for preparing yourself to take any major exam, including certifications:

  • Staying Physically Ready for an Exam
  • Staying Mentally Ready for an Exam
  • Staying Emotionally Ready for an Exam

Many people are naturally very good at one or two of these areas—perhaps you have a strong memory, or you don’t get rattled by the significance of the test—but it takes practice to get good at all three.

And if you can master all three of these areas, test taking will not only be much easier for any exams you’re currently preparing for, but it will also get you used to the challenges and routines of staying “on the ball” for future exams, quizzes and tests.

 

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.

 

The Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam: Insights From Those Who Have Passed

What is the hardest part about taking the PMP exam?

It’s a question that gets asked a lot. And although there are a lot of questions about obtaining a Project Management certification in general–who should consider it, does it help your career, what jobs or industries require it, etc.–all the questions get boiled down to one single concern once someone decides to pursue a PMP certification: Will I pass the test? Just how hard is it? How should I prepare?

So we asked certified project managers, people who have taken the test before and passed, what was the hardest part for them?

 

Preparing Before You Prepare

 

In my view, there are two significant challenges to earning the PMP certification:

1. Earning the required experience hours for the certification on all aspects of project work. These experience hours need to be documented in case your application is selected for an audit.

2. Completing enough practice questions and full length (200 question) practice exams.

Bruce Harpham, ProjectManagementHacks.com