Everybody dreads certification exams like sinners dread judgement day. For most, your hopes and dreams will hinge on how well you do on the exams. For healthcare professionals who want to get a job overseas, certification exams are what you call a necessary evil. While we have been undergoing exams for most of our lives and know what to expect, certification exams are still a different kettle of fish.
Some tips to prepare for certification exams
- First, certification exams test you on a whole body of knowledge. Most likely, it will be composed of several types of assessment. Find out what types and in what order and prepare accordingly.
- Find out in advance how long it will take. Some exams take up a whole day, with breaks in between. Make sure to arrange ahead of time your food for the day – it’s fuel for your brain. Moreover if you’re a coffee-drinker.
- Talk to people who have undergone the same exam. It can be a friend, an acquaintance, or even a stranger on an internet forum. They can give you a heads up on what to expect since they’ve already gone through the process.
- Scout the location, if possible. Knowing the address is just the beginning. You need to know how to get there, if there’s a nearby restaurant, if it’s near a known traffic gridlock. Mountaineers often do what they call a recon trip to avoid pitfalls – something that you want to copy.
On the day of the exam
- Wear comfortable clothes. You may want to dress up in layers, so that if it’s hot inside the testing room, you can remove the layers, and if it’s cold, you can retain them. Some testing centers are notorious for keeping freezing temperatures. You don’t want to be shivering and shade the incorrect circle when it’s no erasures allowed.
- Know the rules beforehand. The testing centers might require that you present two government ID cards. For Prometric regulations, for example, does not allow you to converse with other candidates at any time during the day.
- Finally, read and understand the instructions. It may sound simple, but thinking that you already know all about it is the path to failure.