Nearing the big day
when you take the social work licensing exam? Time to dig in and
get hyper-focused. Or is it? There's lots of different thinking
about how best to handle the final run-up to a giant test. And this
a giant test, any way you slice it. Long (4 hours!). Lots of
questions (170!). Lots of content to know (so much!). Real-life
consequences (a possible job, raise, or promotion, to name a
There's not a whole lot of agreement about how best to handle
the final days and hours before the licensing exam. A few items
show up on all the lists of good, pre-exam behaviors. They happen
to overlap with the good behaviors that you'll find on any "how to
improve your ___________" list. Want to be happier? Have better
sex? Improve your self-esteem? Get more sleep. Eat well.
There's very little chance you're reading those suggestions and
slapping your forehead saying, "Why didn't I think of
that?" You've been a person for a while. Plus, you're a social
worker. You've likely tracked these very items in clients.
Sleeping, eating, moving around--okay, we'll all try. Thanks!
But how to study? Should you cram or should you set
studying aside right before exam day? Should you write out
hard-to-recall content in a last-ditch effort to jam it into your
brain? Read it out loud? Discuss it with others in a study group?
Stand on your head and read it backwards? Google around to find
articles supporting most of and none of the above.
One guideline to take seriously: your past. How did you get
through high school...through undergrad...through your Master's
program? You know what worked and what didn't. Are you a successful
all-night crammer? Then all-night cram. Are you a tea and flash
cards type student? Then get water boiling. No list writer knows
anything better than you know your test-taking history. Look back,
take advice from yourself, and go pass this exam just like you've
passed so many exams before this one.
Meanwhile, if you'd really like a suggestion list to review,
here's a long one from Greatest.com: "22
Science-Backed Study Tips to Ace a Test."
Enjoy and good luck on the exam!
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