5 Benefits of Taking Practice Tests as Preparation for the Contractor Licensing Exam

You’ve spent years learning skills and weeks or months practicing the details. Now, it’s time to practice for the exam. The best way to ensure that you know what to expect from the contractor licensing exam is to take practice tests. This may seem like an unnecessary extra step, but it’s actually one of the most useful tools you can use. Here are five reasons you can benefit from it.

Find Out What to Expect from the Real Exam
One of the biggest reasons that people struggle with taking exams is that they don’t know what to expect. No matter how much you can practice skills, hit the books and re-read your notes, there’s no replacement for knowing just what the exam is going to be like. This is even more important for people who haven’t taken multiple choice tests in a long time, as well as people who struggled with them when they were in high school or college. Having the opportunity to test it out in a stress-free format can make it easier for you to pay attention to what you see and to how the test goes.

Fill in Information Gaps
For a lot of people, taking a practice test is a way to find out what they don’t know as well as what they do. You may be an expert in certain parts of your field. But if the test doesn’t focus as much on those, you may have parts where you struggle to know what the best answer should be. While practice exams aren’t going to be exactly the same questions, they often cover the same subjects. Once you’ve taken one, you’ll have a concrete list of items that you need to study.

Address Issues with Testing
Everyone has quirks about the way that they take tests. If you don’t know what they are, they’re more likely to come up at the worst possible moment. For example, if you tend to gloss over the questions and just look at the answers, you’re more likely to choose the wrong one. It may be something as simple as getting tired halfway through the exam. Practicing with exams of the same length and for the same duration of time can make it easier to spot what’s likely to go wrong. If you can take it in a setting with similar seating and lighting, you’ll get even more information.

Learn to Pace Your Timing
Having a few hours to take an exam may make it seem like you don’t need to pace yourself. In fact, learning how to use your time wisely is an important benefit of practice exams. If you think you have all the time in the world, you might be tempted to get lost thinking about all the different aspects of the harder ones. But by the end, you could find yourself rushing to finish the last ones. By practicing with the same time limits, you get a sense for how long you need to devote to each question, and how much time you have to do it. This makes it easier to keep a steady pace that can avoid building tension over time.

Overcome Test Anxiety
Test anxiety tends to involve a variety of possible problems. For example, if you are unsure of what the test will be like, you may be worried that you haven’t studied enough or that you don’t know the right subjects. Having an opportunity to practice helps you to fill that in and know what you’re likely to see. You may also be anxious about taking a test because you need to perform on the fly. Being able to think quickly and come up with an answer is an important part of running a contracting business. The good news is that practice can make the unexpected into a common task that doesn’t bother you as much. You might have been afraid of driving at first, too. But after a while, it’s just something that you do.

Passing the test is one of the final steps you need to get your contractor license. To learn how CSLS can help you prepare, contact us today!


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