Exam Tips

  • RELAX! Have confidence in yourself and your abilities.

  • Remember... you have met the eligibility requirements, now demonstrate your knowledge.

  • Maintain a positive attitude.

  • Get a good night's sleep prior to the exam and have a nourishing protein-filled breakfast on the day of the exam. (your brain needs rest and nutrients to perform optimally).

  • Arrive early at the test site.

  • Immediately identify any inappropriate conditions to the test center administrator.

  • Read all exam questions carefully.

  • Identify and answer all easier questions first.

  • Do not spend too much time on any one specific difficult question.

  • Skip questions that you are unsure of and return to them later.

  • Eliminate any incorrect answer choices from the potential options.

  • Translate words and substitute terms to simplify the questions.

  • Apply practical reasoning to determine the correct answers.

  • Divide the question into manageable and understandable parts.

  • Keep the intent of the question and basic subject matter in mind.

  • There are no trick questions. If two choices seem correct, choose the BEST answer. Remember, good test questions include options that are plausible, but not completely correct. Many options for test questions include common mistakes that individuals make when they don't completely understand the material being tested.

  • Don't second-guess yourself—your first instinct is usually correct.

  • Don't read too much into questions and over-anticipate the answers.

  • Answer what is asked for and not what you feel should be asked.

  • Estimate time required to answer remaining questions.

  • Return to previously marked difficult questions to select an option.

  • Plan time effectively. If you comment on a question, get to the point quickly. You have 3.5 total hours to complete this exam, this includes time you take to answer questions as well as any breaks you may take.

  • If you're not sure of the answer, make an educated guess. Unanswered questions count as incorrect, so it is in your best interest to choose something rather than leaving a question blank.

  • Monitor the on-screen counter which continuously counts down your remaining testing time from the start of the examination.