How to Nail Your Upcoming HR Certification Exam

By now a few of you out there have already taken your HR Certification Exam and we’ve already been getting many excited reports of newly certified HR Professionals.

Congratulations to those folks.

But for the rest of you out there who have yet to take your exam, this article will provide you with a bit of advice that many people often forget when it gets down to crunch time.

Being an advocate of academia and higher education I know how stressful studying for a big exam can be, and I’ve also gone through my share of all-nighters.

I even did pretty well on most of my exams, but looking back on things now, I always found that the ones I overprepared for were the ones on which I normally performed the worst.

How Stress Can Impact Your Memory

Past studies have shown, and even more so recently, that stress has a significant effect on the hippocampus region of the brain, which is essentially responsible for all things related to memory.

This means, simply enough, that the more stress a person is under the more difficult it is for them to form new memories and retreive existing memories.

This is a large part of the reason why “stressing out” and “pulling all-nighters” to prepare for an upcoming exam can be detrimental to performance.

Less is more, in this case.

You will not store memories as well when you are stressed, so you’re really just wasting time if you try to study when you’re overwhelmed. The minute you start feeling over-stressed, take a short break and come back to it only when you feel refreshed enough to begin studying again.

Don’t ever allow yourself to get to the point where you need to pull an all-nighter to get ready in the first place.

Don’t “cram” on test day. Stress leading up to an exam can cause you to be unable to retreive memories. It’s ok to review notes quickly to get a refresher, but try to avoid any kind of studying binge on the day of your test.

You need to be completely relaxed and calm for optimal performance. If you can help it, avoid any sort of stressful situations. Take the day off work (and life) if you can. The more relaxed you are while you are taking your exam, the better you will be able to retreive your memories.

Now of course all of the relaxation in the world won’t save you if you haven’t studied well enough, so make sure you’re sticking to a study schedule that allows you to get everything in while still remaining relaxed.

Last, but definitely not least, here is a bit of encouragement for those of you out there who have yet to take your exam.

Emails From Newly Certified HR Professionals

Here are a couple of emails we’ve gotten just recently. These were all received in just the past week.

“I thought u should know I just took my phr cert exam and I passed. Thanks for all your help in my prep!”

“Just wanted to let you know that I took my PHR exam on Friday and PASSED on the first try !  Thank you so much for the wonderful materials provided in the two courses that I took, I don’t think the exam would have been so easy without the CD’s and workbooks.”

“I passed!… Even w/my MSHR the prep course helped significantly. Thanks!”

Take these in as confidence that you can do it too.

Stay relaxed, study, and you’ll be fine. Good luck everyone!

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