Many jobs require employees to take professional exams. These exams are a baseline to prove that employees have the knowledge to complete their job, as learning it on site is dangerous or sometimes impossible. Preparing for professional exams involves using basic study tips like reading material related to the job, but you should also practice in new ways, including testing your ability to present what you know, and your ability to adapt to new questions.
Know The Most Critical Information By Heart
In a professional setting, knowing the fundamentals is far more paramount than in educational tests. In school, you’re taught to think quickly to solve problems, but for technical exams, the questions tend to be static. You are either able to recall the information and demonstrate you understand the subject, or you are not. Therefore, if you review the necessities and learn them by heart, this will often reflect in a higher test score in a business setting than trying to be a jack of all trades. You were hired for a specific purpose, after all.
Practice Calm Decision Making In Stressful Situations
Professional Exams use three types of questions; factual questions, situational questions, and personal questions. Situational questions are intended to allow the examinee to see how you would react under pressure, or with high emotional stakes. Jobs often require you to control your emotions while dealing with stressful situations, especially if you are say, a doctor or firefighter, so practice having a friend cross-examine you, so you feel less stressed in an exam setting.
Prepare To Explain Your Reasoning
Finally, professional tests aren’t beholden to the rule that everything they say must be factual the way educational tests are. Many professional tests use this to their advantage to present you with no right answer, or with questions whose answers are only appropriate in that job setting. This can help test to see if you view things from the point of view of their workplace, and again, to test how calm you remain in a stressful or bad situation.
When you’re presented with a situation like this, focus on what answer has the most positives or, as they say, is more right than the others. When you make a professional decision, you need to not only make the decision but still be calm enough to present your reasoning and explain its factual grounding to others. Sometimes how you reach and present your answer is more important than the answer itself, so practice explanation in everyday life before a test.
Better Preparation Means Better Results!
Taking a test is a stressful venture, and the significance of the test changes greatly if it is a professional instead of an educational test. Remember that professional tests don’t judge the speed of your learning, but how much practical information you have already memorized. They are also intended to test your ability to adapt your thinking in stressful or no-win situations and assess whether you can communicate why you chose your answers in a clear manner later.
Guest blog by Jennifer Jones who left her corporate job to spend more time relaxing with her family. Jennifer loves to keep fit in the great outdoors and has turned her passion for writing into a career.
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