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Tips for Exam Preparation

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For All Types of Examinations:

  • Find out all you can about the job by reviewing the job announcement to understand what knowledge or skills might be tested.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Be prompt.

For Written Exams:

  • Practice with sample tests and study guides. (Many are available at book stores and libraries.)
  • Listen carefully to exam instructions. (If you do not understand the instructions, ask the test proctor to explain.)
  • Read each question carefully.
  • Do not spend too much time on any one question.

For Oral Exams:

  • Prior to the exam, think about your work experience and training, focusing on what has helped you prepare for the job.
  • Practice interviewing with a friend.
  • Plan a brief closing statement.
  • Speak up and speak clearly.
  • Be confident. You are the best person to sell yourself.

For Performance & Practical Exams:

  • Sharpen your skills, practice performing tasks that are likely to be covered in the exam.
  • If speed is likely to be tested, time yourself while practicing each task.