Test-Taking Strategies for Esri Exams

07-16-2018 02:03 PM
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Congratulations, you've determined the best Esri certification to validate your skills and experience, and now you're ready to schedule your appointment and take your exam!

The hardest part is over, right?  Not quite. Next comes the exam itself - the real challenge.  Esri Technical Certifications are not designed to be easy, nor are they created to be unnecessarily difficult. Even still, the most prepared candidate can experience test-related anxiety as their exam appointment approaches. 

Perhaps it's been some time since you found yourself seated with a No.2 pencil in hand (kidding, its computer-based), ready to take an exam, but the same test-taking tips still apply.  Prepare, read carefully, watch your time, and don't skip questions. 

Whether you are a seasoned pro or an exam novice, take the time to fully prepare for your exam by downloading the preparation resources document available for each exam, as well as, reviewing the free web courses on our Esri Training website with sample questions.  Make sure you have thoroughly reviewed the exam topics and refreshed your skills.  For more on prep, check out https://community.esri.com/community/esri-technical-certification/blog/2018/04/13/steps-to-certifica...

During the exam, remember to thoroughly read the content and pay close attention to the details of each scenario. Remain within the scope of each question - avoid making assumptions or overcomplicating.  Having worked side by side with our experts to create items, I can assure you while the questions will be challenging, they are not meant to trick you intentionally.  Take your time and don't rush. If you find yourself spending too much time on any one question or are unsure of an answer, take advantage of your ability to mark questions for review and return to it later.  But be sure to answer all questions as correct responses earn one point—incorrect, blank, or partially correct responses earn zero points.

Esri exams are offered worldwide through our testing partner Pearson VUE. With over 5,000 test centers across the globe, you are bound to find a test center near you with the flexibility to select an exam appointment that works with your schedule.  Once scheduled, take the time to understand what to expect at a test center.  And, most importantly, remember you'll need two (2) forms of ID at the test center, so come prepared! 

When you are fully prepared for an exam, you are less likely to make simple mistakes.  Which means you can relax and focus on achieving certification success.  The Certification Team is ready and available to answer questions about exams and exam preparation and you can leverage our social channels to ask questions of your peers.

What are some of your tips for test-taking? How do you calm your nerves before an exam?