How to optimize your exam preparation
Not only if you have a SERVIEW Training often have to pass an examination: Many professional development courses conclude with an examination in which you, as a candidate, officially demonstrate your knowledge. Preparing for and passing the exam is worthwhile, because you will receive a globally valid certification in leading frameworks such as ITIL®, PRINCE2®, Scrum or DevOps. That you are a little bit excited when it comes to an official exam is quite normal. But with perfect preparation, you'll go into your exam relaxed and focused - that's why today we're providing an overview of the best methods for exam preparation. Let's go!
Choose a diverse training
As soon as you come into contact with the learning material for the first time, your exam preparation begins. That means: With the first minute of your training you are already in the middle of the action. Therefore, choose a training provider whose training methods convince you. An appealing mix of methods, such as trainer impulses, discussions, active participation and memorable anecdotes, optimally supports the absorption of the content. After all, the more sensory channels and approaches the training covers, the better you will internalize the learning material.
In addition, the training should be fun. Positive emotions anchor learning material particularly securely in the brain. Come to the training session with an open mind and an eagerness to learn, and let yourself be inspired and carried away. This creates the ideal conditions for memorizing the material.
Consolidate content through repetition
Once your training is over, it's time for repetition and consolidation. Information that you have heard or read once does not "stick" as well as facts that you repeat several times and thus memorize. So go through the documents that have been handed out to you. Also deal with notes that you have made yourself in the training. This has the direct advantage that they record the knowledge in your own words.
Talk to your colleagues and the other training participants about what you have learned. This allows you to view and reflect on the content with different emphases and from different perspectives. Exchange stimulates thinking - and that in turn consolidates knowledge.
Take mock exams
Once you are comfortable with the world of your subject matter, you can venture into mock exams. Mock exams are catalogs of questions like those that might be used in official exams. When you get the mock exam from a training provider like SERVIEW, you get the sample solution right with it. This way you can check alone or in partner work which topics you should pay increased attention to.
Our tip: If possible, you should not take just one mock exam. Repeat the material after the first time and then try the questions again. You will find that you can answer more confidently and correctly each time. Some exam companies also offer no obligation sample tests to help you prepare for the exam. An example of this would be Scrum.org with its Open Assessments on Scrum.
Check the technique
Technical exam preparation is just as important as content preparation. Especially for proctored exams, you need to prepare your workstation carefully. Depending on the type of proctoring, you may need to install additional programs on your device or register on the exam company's site. You should do this calmly and preferably a while before the certification exam, so that you can fully concentrate on the content on the day of the exam.
Some exam institutes offer additional options for this type of preparation. For example, at PeopleCert, the official testing institute for best practices such as. ITIL® and PRINCE2®take what is known as a mock exam (= trial exam). This is a one-time run-through of an online exam in which you can familiarize yourself with the technical conditions under "real" exam conditions. The questions in the mock exam simulator are not mixed thematically, but sorted along the syllabus. The stated goal here is for you to familiarize yourself with the technology so that the official certification exam is not marred by technical difficulties.
Keep a cool head
There are many people who break out in a sweat just thinking about exam situations. A little excitement is also quite normal. After all, you're giving your career a new kick by getting official certification. Nevertheless, try to stay as calm as possible. Many testing institutes intentionally keep the exam time short. Don't let this put you off your guard.
Many providers allow you to mark questions and return to them later. You can take advantage of this by going back over the difficult sections of the exam at the end instead of pondering over them for minutes on end. After all, brooding costs time - time during which no points are scored. Therefore, if you are acutely pressed for time, your chances are better if you save the difficult questions until the end. Until then, you can diligently collect points in the topics that are easier for you. If the exam organization does not provide a marking function, you can simply write down the corresponding question numbers on a piece of paper, if the exam provider allows this.
Stay calm and focused. The exam situation itself feels unfamiliar, but you have prepared well. You have the necessary knowledge in your head. Now all you have to do is bring it out and you'll be able to enjoy your official certification just a short time later. Good luck in your exam!