Exam Time: Strategies for Success

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Time
8 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty
Advanced
CEU/CPE
9
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>> Exam time. Strategies for success.
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The learning objectives for this lesson
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are choosing the best exam location for
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you and also night before
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an exam day strategies to better help you prepare.
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Let's get started. The best testing location for you.
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It seems pretty straightforward.
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You go online, you purchase your voucher,
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and then you choose a test location.
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But it didn't really work out that way for me,
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when I had my test location for the Cast Plus.
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The place that I took it out ended up being
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a very old place with very old computers.
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They had folding metal chairs
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that were very uncomfortable,
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especially for a three hour exam.
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The problem started as soon as I got there,
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because I couldn't log into the testing software.
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This delayed me for over an hour.
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Even after the test was completed,
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they lost my results.
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I had to contact CompTIA
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directly to make sure that they received
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the results and for
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a while I didn't even know if I had passed.
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It was unnecessary situation
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that had nothing to do with me.
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It was just with the testing location
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that this wasn't even really their main business.
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This is something they had add-on to
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their business to try to generate some income.
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If I were you, try to research
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the testing location that you're hoping to go to
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beforehand and make sure that it's going to be
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a place that you're going to feel
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comfortable taking the exam in.
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This is your exam, find out what works best for you.
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It's your money that you paid for the voucher
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unless your employer took care of that for you.
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But regardless, you want to make
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sure that you put the best foot
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forward for yourself and to
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find a good place that you're going to be comfortable in.
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You don't need that location,
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making things worse for you.
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Just so that you're aware testing at home is now
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an option or even at your office.
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But there are some issues
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with that as well and we'll discuss that next.
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Here's some considerations for
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taking your test at home or at work.
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You're going to want to make sure you have a quiet place
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and that you're free of distractions,
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including your pets, your children,
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your spouses that type of thing.
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You want to make sure that you are
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able to focus on the test itself,
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because that is at least one advantage
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of a testing location is that,
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it's quiet and they usually make you put on
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some headphones so that you
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can't hear anything from the distractions that way.
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You're often sitting in little cubicle areas,
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so at least you're zoned in on
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just the test-taking computer itself.
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But you're going to want to make
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sure that you can at least
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create some of that in
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your location if you're going to be testing at home.
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Because of the way this works,
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they are going to want to use your webcam to scan around
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the room and make sure that
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there's no one there in the room with you.
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There are no study materials anywhere,
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that you don't have a whiteboard somewhere
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with information written on it.
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They're going to have you take your webcam and scan
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across the room and show everything
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before the test starts.
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On that note, you're going to want to make sure that
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your webcam is working before the test.
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You don't want that to cause you
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a delay when it's time to get
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started and now your webcam doesn't work.
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Make sure your webcam and your
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Internet connection are solid,
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and just be ready that they're going to want to
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see the room and everything and they're also
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going to watch you during the entire test.
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If that has a creepy feeling to you,
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maybe you want to go to a testing center.
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But we've seen great success with this,
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especially during the recent pandemic
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with people being able to take tests at home.
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If this works better for you,
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then by all means go after it.
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The idea of a last review,
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in my opinion, and from my experience,
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there are two schools of thought on this.
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Is that you cram all the way up until the night before.
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Everyone's a little different about this.
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Everyone learns in a different way.
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Sometimes too much information
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is actually not beneficial for you.
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If you find yourself cramming up to the very last minute,
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maybe you don't feel you're ready for
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the test and maybe you might want to reschedule it.
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But I do think flashcard reviews
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up until the test is started is good,
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because those terms are going
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to show up over and over on the test,
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especially as acronyms.
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A lot of questions, will have acronyms
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in there and expect you to
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know what they are before you
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can even answer the rest of the question.
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So flashcards are a good way of
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cramming in that information especially again,
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for the areas that you don't feel so comfortable with.
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But there's no shame in rescheduling.
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If you don't feel you're prepared,
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then just go ahead
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and get it done because you don't want to make
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sure that you're not
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going into test as prepared as you could be.
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But at the same time, you don't
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want to let that ability to
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reschedule allow you an excuse to put the test off.
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You've come this far,
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go ahead and get your tests taken.
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If you feel that you're prepared.
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Now, good night sleep and nutrition are critical.
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During that time is when all of
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the things that we reviewed through the day,
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everything we learn is written to our long-term memory.
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It's very important that
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we get a good night sleep before.
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I know I sound like your mom here,
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but I really can't stress this
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enough that you don't want to
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study through the night and not be ready the next day.
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I really recommend getting
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a really good night's sleep ahead of time.
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But also nutrition and this is a critical item
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and I'm not going to lecture you about this
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here on what to eat, what not to eat.
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I'm just going to say make sure that
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you eat before you go in.
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Because testing centers don't
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allow you to eat anything and there's
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nothing worse than being in
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an already high pressure situation,
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and then you start getting hungry.
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Now your focus is on the test,
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no I'm hungry, you run back to the test.
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You don't need that. Make sure that
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you eat something before you go.
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I usually eat a protein bar because that's enough
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to help me get through
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for the next couple of three hours.
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The other thing you're going to do is stay hydrated,
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because the testing center that I mentioned earlier,
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it was really hot in there
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and surprisingly that made things even worse.
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Because of that, I needed to
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make sure that I had enough water to drink.
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I always make sure that I try not to drink too much.
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Because you don't want to go to
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the bathroom too many times,
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but drink enough that you feel comfortable and hydrated,
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because you really don't know what you're going
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into with some of these testing situations.
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Let's summarize. We went over how
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to find the best testing location for you.
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Whether that's a testing center or if you
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should choose to test at home or at work.
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Then if did you make that decision,
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we went over some considerations for testing at home.
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Then we went over final reviews and how to help you use
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techniques to retain the most knowledge before test time.
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Then we ended the lesson with sleep and nutrition.
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That brings us to the end of this lesson,
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but it's also the end of the course.
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I hope this course was helpful for you and I wish you the
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best of luck in your pursuit of a cast plus. Thank you.