Let’s start with taking your certification test. This will be the hardest part for most people. The good news is, the National Council for Accreditation of Nursing has created a specific study guide for taking the test. This study guide can save you a lot of money, time, and frustration in preparing for the test. If you can get hold of this guide before you get started taking the actual exam, you will have a huge leg up on the competition.
Most of the guides are pretty similar and offer you practice questions that you can do without paying any money. However, some give you even more practice questions than others. The best guide will give you access to real nursing professionals who have actual nursing jobs and real experiences. You can ask as many questions as you want and get immediate answers. Furthermore, the answers will be unbiased and from real people, not just some paid survey taker.
You have probably been advised to study for weeks, even months, before taking your test. That’s completely false! I’ve heard of students who spent months studying for their NACs, only to find out that they could not pass their exams. Remember, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is based solely on previous grade point average, not exams taken. So if you’re putting weeks into studying for the exam, you are setting yourself up for failure!
One way to save time and frustration is to spend a lot of time on practice questions taken from actual exams. There are plenty of websites where you can go to take practice tests. Spend about 30 minutes answering questions from the actual test, then go back and answer questions from practice exams. This will save you time, because you won’t have to go back and forth to your studies and the exam. Not to mention, it will make you feel more confident. Some students feel that by spending time on practice exams, they will become overconfident and fail the LSAT because they feel like they already know everything there is to know about the exam.
Practice makes perfect! Spend as much time as you need to think through a question and then take the time to thoroughly analyze the wording of the question. Then write the question down and try to remember as much of the wording as you can. This may sound silly and obvious, but keep in mind that you took only one shot to ask the question and if you don’t really pay attention, you might miss the important parts. For example, most people might list their goals as, “I want to be promoted” but what they really mean is, “I want to have an upper hand in my job and move up in the company.” Even though the goal statement sounds clear, the question itself could be very vague, which leaves you vulnerable to an incorrect answer.
Don’t get discouraged! You’ve just been asked a million questions and sometimes, people get nervous when they don’t do well or even get passed the first time. Relax! Spend a lot of time on practice questions and go through your answers. You’ll feel much better once you have completed your practice session!
Once you feel confident enough to proceed, prepare to do the actual test! This means preparing to take the actual teas exam, following directions exactly as they outline, studying every day, and of course, taking the time to practice! If you follow these three steps, you should have no problems passing the tea’s exam!