I have completed all the modules for the Business
Relationship Management Professional course through ITSM Zone and I
am now preparing to take the test later this week. For me, the benefit for the
online course and testing has been the flexibility for me to do this work over
the course of a few weeks with no impact to my day to day work.
The only challenge for me, for as long as I can remember,
is the test taking part of the test. Over the years in an effort to minimize
the anxiety I have come up with a few tips which I will share with you.
Seems like a no-brainer but in some cases overconfidence
can be replaced by drawing blanks on test day. Many tests are set up to play
off of this and will have a ‘second best’ answer that will seem correct enough
but will still get you no points on the total for the day. Make sure that you
give yourself plenty of time to study. Cramming might work for some and not for
others so understand what works best for you.
Personally I like to see things represented in a visual
way. I find that this provides a link in my memory back to something that I learned
in the course. In many cases there may not be anything visual provided so I will
tend to draw up something as a doodle in the notes section or off to the side
in the course work.
Doing one practice exam will give you a pretty good idea
of what you can expect in a testing situation from the types of questions you
may encounter to the time it will realistically take you to complete the exam
it to others
I had an instructor who told me the best way to
understand a concept was to explain it to someone else who would normally not
understand the materials covered in the course. Much of what I have done in
these past 7 blog posts, if even self-serving, has allowed me to better
understand the content for the test I am about to take
Whether you are in a classroom setting or taking the test
online you should be able to connect with others who have either taken the
test, are preparing for the exam or know the material. In some cases such as
with the BRMI you
are able to go to their website and connect with like-minded individuals
Before the test make sure that you we hydrated. Since humans
are bags of mostly water, keeping yourself hydrated before the test will help
your brain run at peak performance. Save having a few fingers of scotch for
after you ace the test.
For more information check the BRMI and consider membership to
reap the full benefits available.
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