A reader writes: “I really enjoyed the class you taught prior to my taking the certification examination. Do you have any tips on how I can pass it the first time?”

First of all, congratulations to your participation and enthusiasm. I remember you well and believe that you will do well on the test(s). Although I am a fairly good test taker, I have failed more than one on the first try, yet passed due to simple persistence. I suggest the same approach for you. Failure can be a great learning experience in itself.

Following are some general comments/suggestions that might be of benefit.

1. We all learn in three ways with one of them usually being dominant: Visual, Audio and Kinesthetic (hands on).

2. The class I conduct attempts to address all three learning methodologies but is usually weak on hands on due to limited space and time.

3. You were diligent in using a high lighter to flag key concepts that will probably be on the test.

4. You should have read the manuals at least two times and then reviewed the high lighted areas two more times.

5. In taking the pretest, you got an idea of the need for timing so that you do not get bogged down in a particular question. Simply mark it and return later if you have the time.

6. Since there was math you need to have a good calculator (not your phone) to input the numbers. Remember to always run the math twice and go on if you go the same answer both times.

7. Get plenty of rest and look forward to a great learning experience.

Remember that a day or two of class room does not negate your responsibility to study and prepare for the written test.

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.