Strategies for The Exam

Here is a reminder of some simple things you can do to help you for the day of the exam.

On the day before the exam:

• Call Sylvan Prometrics to confirm your seat and the time and place of the exam center. Also check the confirmation number that was allocated for your exam.

• Ensure that you have directions for the center and the location of the nearest parking garage.

• Have a relaxing evening; do not be tempted to heavily review because this will simply emotionally exhaust you and prevent a good night's sleep. If you cannot resist some studying, simply read through the question and answer section at the end of the book.

On the exam day:

• Eat a nutritious meal before you leave. Rumbling stomachs are distracting, and it is proven that your brain functions better when fueled.

• Leave plenty of time to get to the testing center, park, and have a few moments to relax before the exam. Allow at least half an hour for traffic jams and the like.

• The testing center will provide pen and paper. You are not allowed any thing in the exam room, except a refreshment and the pen and paper provided. Leave all those heavy books at home.

• Wear loose, comfortable clothing. During the exam:

• Work out the timing. If the exam still has 61 questions and you allowed 75 minutes to complete, that means you have approximately 1.25 minutes per question. This is very important. Because you cannot return to questions after you have passed them, you must try to allocate an equal amount of time to each question. It is counterproductive to miss questions or to guess unless you really have no idea of the answer. The exam tells you how many questions are left to answer and how much time is left.

• If you do not know the answer to a question, then try answering the question by a process of elimination. As Sherlock Holmes said, "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

• Use the paper provided to work out the logic of some questions.

• Try to stay calm. Remember that the exam can be taken multiple times, so even if you are struggling, you can use the exam to your advantage by remembering what topics are causing you trouble.

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