What to Expect on Test Day

By | October 21, 2016

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You have worked hard, followed the your study plan, studied the content, watched the videos, taken practice tests, and successfully completed all insurance licensing requirements.

Now it’s time for the BIG DAY – taking your state exam! You are ready to do this and you must have confidence. Manage the things you can control to reduce stress, as opposed to worrying about those you can’t.

Be prepared by following these tips on Exam Day:

  1. Make sure you have the correct address and directions to the test center: Not all test centers are easy to find, so make sure you know how to get to the center and you have the correct physical address with suite number. If time permits, drive to the center before your test day so you know exactly where you are going and there are no surprises.
  2. Prepare for traffic delays: Be aware of rush hour traffic patterns, construction, road closures, or local events (such as sporting events near the test center) that may cause abnormal traffic delays on the day of your exam.
  3. The night before: Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before the exam – it is not recommended you pull an all-nighter. You need to be fresh and alert the day of your exam.
  4. Arrive at the test center early: When you schedule your exam, you will be directed as to what time you need to arrive, usually a half hour before your start time. Add an additional 15 minutes just in case you run into unexpected delays.
  5. Make sure you have all the required documentation and identification: Depending on which exam and state you are testing, there are specific documents required upon check-in. You must have a photo ID, and may be required to have a second form of signature bearing ID. Some states require an original course completion certificate. Gather all the required documents and put in a safe place the night before your exam so you are not scrambling to find them right before you leave to go to the exam. Also, bring your examination confirmation number.
  6. Be familiar with the security measures: Leave all study materials and personal items, including your cellular phone, locked in your car since these items are not allowed in the testing facility. You will be provided with a locker to keep your ID, car keys, and weather-related clothing. Be aware that some test centers do not allow test-takers to wear hoodies. You WILL have your picture taken prior to testing, and expect to see security cameras in the examination room.
  7. Food and Drinks: Be sure to eat a good meal prior to arriving at the test center. Food and drinks are not permitted in the test center. Make sure to use the restroom prior to testing and be familiar with the procedure if needed during the test.

Knowing what to expect and being prepared before the big day will reduce stress, anxiety, and allow you to focus on passing the exam on the first try!!!

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Author: Barb Gavitt, ITP, SILA-F

Barb Gavitt, ITP, SILA-F, is the Vice President of Product Development and Education for A.D. Banker & Company and is responsible for developing and maintaining the curriculum and learning tools used in insurance licensing and FINRA training courses, both live and online, delivered nationally. Barb has been in the insurance education and training industry since 1991. She has a B.S. in Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Certificate in Distance Education from Indiana University. She is an Associate Trainer for the International Board of Certified Trainers (IBCT) and holds the CDEI designation (Certified Distance Education Instructor) from the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC).

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