8 Things to Know for Test Day

By | November 28, 2016

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This is it, the moment you have been preparing for – the State Exam. Once you are checked-in at the test center, there is nothing else you can do to prepare… Or is there?

1. Pay Attention to Surroundings

As you enter the testing center, be aware of your surroundings. Know where the restrooms and exit are and the procedures you must follow if you need a break during the test.

2. Stay Distraction-Free

You deserve a quiet environment while taking the exam. If another test taker is distracting you, raise your hand and ask for ear plugs

3. Take the Exam Demo

If your nerves get the best of you. Take time to go through the DEMO before starting the test. This will help you relax before the exam begins and the clock starts ticking. The demo walks you through the computer functions, how to answer a question using the mouse, flag questions, and review the test.

4. Do a Memory Dump

Before you sit down at the monitor, you will be given a white board and erasable markers. Once the exam has started and the timer is going, you can recreate your study notes by writing down key terms and concepts to refer to during the exam. Taking time to do this will also give you a few minutes to settle down before jumping into answering questions. You can write down anything during the testing process, but be sure to follow the exam center’s rules. Remember you will not be allowed to take any notes IN or OUT of the test center. The proctor will take the board from you once you officially submit the exam for grading.

5. Flag Questions for Review

Even if you mark a question for review, always choose the first answer that pops into your head. You only get one chance at your first instinct

6. Review Flagged Questions

Once you finish your first go-through of the exam, ONLY review the questions you flagged, not the entire exam

7. Do Not Change Answers

Do not second guess yourself! Stick with your original choice unless you are POSITIVE it is not correct.

8. Have a Positive Attitude

Have a positive mental attitude – YOU GOT THIS!!

 

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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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