Taking the Written Exam

On exam-day eve, you should relax and spend a maximum of one hour studying. Make sure you have prepared in advance enough that you don't sit up all night studying and worrying—if you want to do your best, you need to feel refreshed. Have a good meal, scan your study materials (such as the "Foundation Summary" sections in this book), and get a good night's sleep.

On the day of the exam, eat a well-balanced breakfast and briefly review your study notes. Make sure that you arrive at the testing center at least one hour before your scheduled time. Find a quiet corner to relax and mull over the main exam subjects.

When you are sitting in front of the testing computer, there is nothing you can do to increase your knowledge or preparation. Take a deep breath, stretch, and read the first question.

Don't rush; you have plenty of time to complete each question. Both easy and difficult questions are intermixed throughout the test in random order. Don't cheat yourself by spending too much time on a hard question early in the test, depriving yourself of the time you need to answer the questions at the end of the test.

On a fixed-length test, you can read through the entire test and, before returning to marked questions for a second visit, figure out how much time you have per question. As you answer each question, remove its mark. Continue to review the remaining marked questions until you run out of time or you complete the test.

After you complete the exam, your test will be scored immediately. A few moments after you finish, the computer will indicate whether you passed or failed.

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