Test Taking Strategies
No matter how much you know, if you cannot sit down and pass a test, you will not obtain a license. While taking the test, keep the following tips in mind:
- Remember, It is Pass/Fail: Do your best but do not get too caught up with the numbers. If you want to aim for a perfect score, that is perfectly okay, however, do not allow yourself to become paralyzed by anxiety over a few wrong answers. Focus on finishing and maintaining your composure. Do not let confusing questions completely throw you off kilter because you are set on perfection.
- Take Your Time: You will likely be testing in a room full of other applicants. There is no bonus for finishing tests early, in fact many test takers who rush through exams do poorly. Focus on yourself and not the other test takers, and, if you do have time, double check your answers.
- Do Not Second Guess Yourself: Unless you know with absolute certainty your answer is wrong, do not change it. Read questions carefully and repeatedly and listen to your gut.
- Get the Easy Questions Out of the Way: Nothing is worse than not finishing a test and realizing the final pages were full of easy questions. Answer what you know first, and come back to what you don’t to rack up the maximum number of points.
Passing the test ultimately comes down to knowing the subject matter and feeling comfortable with actually taking the test.
Consistently study leading up to your test to ensure that you are prepared for the content. And focus on developing a good test taking attitude to stay composed and confident during the test.