So you've completed your Alberta Basic Security Training or your Alberta Investigators Training and you've booked your government final exam. Awesome. But now maybe you're unsure or nervous. You have questions, such as: How can I pass my exam? How do I overcome the anxiety I'm feeling? What do I need to do to prepare? What can I expect the test to look like?
We know most people don't like writing exams. They can be stressful, and the anxiety going into one can make you feel like you want to throw up! But we believe you can do it and do well! With proper preparation and expectations, you will feel more confident going into the exam which will increase your chances of passing.
First off, make sure you understand how the test works and prepare well for the exam. Don't expect it to be easy or that you'll pass without studying. It's important to take the exam as seriously as you're taking your future career.
Here are 12 tips to help you write your exam so you can do your absolute best!
Plan ahead: you have your ID and pen ready to go, you have confirmed the time of the exam and what time you need to arrive.
Ensure that you are well rested and hydrated. This will make sure that your brain and memory are working optimally.
Arrive early to give yourself time to relax and get settled in. Rushing into an exam can result in making rushed choices.
If you get anxiety with exams, BREATHE. Take long, deep breaths in and out. This will in turn slow down your heart rate and reduce your anxiety. If your anxiety is high and you have some time, do a few jumping jacks or push ups to get your heart rate up, then do the breathing exercises to slow it down again.
Read through the exam questions slowly to ensure you understand exactly what is being asked of you.
Answer the questions you are sure of first, then work through the remaining questions.
Do not over-think the questions. Answer the question as if you have all the information from the question itself.
Go with your gut. If you're not sure if your initial answer is correct, usually our intuition is right. Only change your answer if you're sure.
Read the scenario question thoroughly then begin answering the questions related to the scenario.
Answer the scenario question COMPLETELY. Explain your thought process, as there are opportunities for part marks.
If you have a question about what a word means or how a question is presented, you may ask the proctor for clarification.
Do your best and walk out of the exam with your head held high. You did it! If you didn't pass, it's okay! You can take it again.