Preparation is the key to almost everything we do in life. This philosophy applies to certification testing, as well. I know that some people just don’t test well; others test great. I was one of the people who didn’t like to take tests. However, I have found a few methods that can get me through exams.
The more preparation you dedicate to each class you take, the easier it will be to pass. Repetition is also the key. If you have not done math in years, then trying to learn it all over again in three days of certification school will not work. The Operator Certification Program has a test preparation page on our website that provides information to help you pass. To see what we offer to help you prepare for the exams, click here.
On the test preparation webpage, you will find all the drinking water, wastewater and solid waste manuals that we use in our teaching. Drinking water operators also have a math handout available for treatment and distribution equations. With 60 questions, including all of the answers worked out in the back, this is a good source of information and an indicator of the type of math problems that could be seen on any drinking water exam.
When you are preparing for an exam, know that you can over study, as well. This happens when you have spent so long on the material that it does you no good to look at it any longer. To avoid this predicament, take breaks during your study sessions. Do not try to over study the night before the exam – the information will not be retained. Also, a good night’s sleep is very useful before any exam.
On test day, do not rush through your exam just to get it over with. Many operators get very uncomfortable while taking an exam and want to finish it as soon as possible. The Commonwealth of Kentucky provides ample time to take an exam, so read every question carefully. Personally, I would read each question twice before marking an answer.
If you come upon a question and have no clue what the answer is, do not remain on that question for a long time thinking about it. This can deter from your confidence. Instead, mark the number down on a scrap piece of paper and skip it on your Scantron form. Too many operators have gotten stumped on a question early in the exam and spent too long thinking about the problem. After this takes place, a tester’s confidence hits rock bottom. Confidence is a big key in successful test taking. If you think you are going to fail before you start, there is a good chance you will. If you take the opposite stand and say, “I am well-prepared, and I am going to knock this exam out of the park,” you have a better chance of passing.
I know that any of the trainers here at DCA have no problem answering any questions you might have in preparing for an exam. So if you do have a question, feel free to give us a call.
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