Here are some tips to follow for certification exams such as A+ and Network+:
- Relax before exam: In order to avoid last minute stress, make sure that you arrive 10 to 15 minutes early and relax before exam.
- Familiarize yourself with exam: Before taking the many certification exams such as those by CompTIA, you are given an option of to familiarize yourself with the way the exam is carried out (the exam interface). You must make sure to take advantage of this.
- Time management tips:
Manage time spent on each question
Be Sure Of Exam Interface: Clear your doubts, in case if you have any, regarding the rules for the exam or using the testing computer/software with the supervisor after he sets up your machine and before you start the exam. Remember that the exam is timed and you may loose your valuable test time for such questions, which you could have asked earlier.
Jot down important points before exam: Before you start the exam, ask for scratch paper and jot down points that you may need to recall when taking your exam. This is always allowed and proves to be very helpful while taking the exam.
Mark answers for review: When not sure, instead of spending a lot of time, make the question for review and re-visit it later (if the exam interface permits so). Doing so will ensure that you have time to read each question carefully (watch out for the double negatives) and don't have to rush through the exam at the end. However, do make sure you answer all the questions before the time limit expires.
Check if there is negative marking: For most exams (such as A+, Network+) there is no negative marks for a wrong answer. If the exam does not penalize you for wrong answer, do not leave any question unanswered. If you are not able to find out the correct answers to some questions, eliminate the possible answers that cannot be correct and narrow down your guess.
Few more tips for exam retakes
- Don't expect the same questions: Most exams such as those by CompTIA maintain a massive questions database. Don't expect to see the same questions on your second or third attempt. Instead spend you time trying to truly understand the material and work on your weak areas.
Use your score report: The CompTIA Score report can help pinpoint your weak areas e.g. verbs like install or set up can indicate insufficient practice. If you unable to gather much information from it, show it to your trainer and ask for suggestions. Concentrate on building the study areas you lost the most marks.
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This was first published in September 2006