Here are some test taking tips I learned while taking a PMP prep course. Since certifications require you to know a ton of information and questions can be confusing, make sure you have a few tricks up your sleeves to help you combat the exam.
- Cram Before Exam – Try to arrive extra early to the exam, and read over some last minute notes of things that are hard to remember. If you read over a few things right before the exam, they are more likely to stay with you. This tip may go along with #2 if you want to study the material to use for your brain dump.
- Perform A Brain Dump – If you are provided with sheets to write on, do a brain dump of formulas or process maps so that you can quickly reference them during the test. Most testing software includes a training test that teaches you how their testing system works. Quickly take the training test and use the rest of the time to do your brain dump before you submit your answers.
- Pick “C” – If you don’t know the answer to a question, pick option “C”. Option “C” is a test maker’s most used answer.
- Pick The Longest Answer – Alternatively, if you don’t know the answer to a question pick the longest answer.
- Skip Long Questions – Skip longer questions that will take a lot of calculations or time to map out and come back to them later if you have time. You don’t want to spend all of your time on one question.
- Flag Hard Questions – Most testing software has a way to flag questions. This is useful if you are unsure of your answer. You can review the flagged questions later to see if you can understand them better.
- Find Answers In Questions – Jot down any question numbers that could contain the answer to another question and the topic that the question is about. Some questions, for example, can include definitions and will provide info that can be helpful to you on other questions if you remember where to look.
- Read The Last Sentence – If you get a really long question, read the last sentence first. The last sentence is usually the question they are asking and will give you clues on what to look for in the rest of the question.
- Read The Question Carefully – Look for action verbs and descriptors to see what the question is really asking for. Don’t get caught up on tricky wording.
- Revise Your Answers – If you have taken practice quizzes/tests when studying for the exam, make note of answers you changed and if they were right or wrong. If rereading a question and changing the answer gives you the right answer most of the time, it may be a good idea to double check your answers, especially the ones that are flagged. If rereading questions and changing your answers usually hurts you, because you second guess yourself and change your answer from the right answer to the wrong answer, then you may not want to double check answers as much. It is important to know what works best for you.
I hope these tips will help you on your next test!