How to Prepare for Certification Exams

If you are preparing to take a certification exam for your medical field career, relax. Take a deep breath. You've succeeded in graduating from an accredited health care program, so you're well practiced at studying and test taking. You should feel confident in your skills and medical knowledge. You will obviously need to study for the certification exam, so test preparation should begin at the certification board's Web site. These sites have helpful hints and resources to help you pass the exam. Many boards offer practice tests with questions from old exams to give applicants a feel for how questions are posed. Reading professional journals is another way one can prepare for these exams. Test taking tips from those already certified may be offered in the journals as well as review courses that may be available.

The certification organization's Web site is the best resource for all pertinent information about the exam. Instructions regarding the test application, fees, required documentation (transcripts, etc.), and testing sites and times will be easily located on the site.

How to Prepare for Certification Exams

Try to connect with other professionals in your area who are preparing for the same certification exam and form a study group. Not only do study groups help prepare you for the actual test, but they can offer emotional support for anyone particularly anxious about having to take a national board exam. The saying "two heads are better than one" applies to the study group format. Studying with others may help you learn new information, can introduce new ways of thinking, and provide better overall preparation as opposed to someone going it alone.

Study, and then take comfort in the fact that you've prepared well for the certification exam. Be sure to get a good night's sleep before the test and eat a good breakfast the day of the exam. Be on time to the testing center. Take a deep breath and focus your mind before you look at the first question, then get on your way to professional certification.

Last Updated: 05/21/2014

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