When it comes to taking an exam, many people suffer from nerves and don’t perform at their best. It can be a very ‘pressurised’ experience, and one that you’ll need to prepare well for. Taking your CeMAP exam to achieve a CeMAP qualification is no different.

If you follow these seven tips on taking your exams following your CeMAP training, you’ll be better prepared.

1. Make sure you have everything you need
This sounds obvious, but when you come to take an exam you should ensure you have the necessary pens and pencils, as well as spares. Running out of ink or breaking your pencil is one thing you don’t want to worry about during your CeMAP exam.

2. Relax the night before the exam
Some people like to do last minute cramming before exams, but it’s better to relax and save your energy. Get to bed early and eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the exam.

3. Schedule your time during the exam
You should map out how long you’ll dedicate to each questions and section, that way you’ll ensure you have enough time to answer the whole paper. There’s nothing worse than failing to answer a question because you’ve run out of time, especially if you know the answer.  If you aren’t sure of the answer to a question, flag it and move on, you can always come back to it later.

4. Make notes during the exam
Just as you would in the workplace, as something comes to you in the exam note it down on a separate piece of paper. This way you won’t forget anything during the exam and will be able to organise your thoughts for each question.

5. Answer every question!
Again this one seems obvious, but if you fail to answer a question you won’t get marked for it. If you make an educated guess or attempt to answer the question you could pick up much needed extra marks that will go towards your pass.

6. Use all of your available time
It can be tempting to leave the exam once you have finished, this should be avoided. If you remember something afterwards it’s too late. Use all of your time to go back over your answers and make sure you haven’t left anything out.

7. Breathe
Don’t forget to breathe.  Take a few deep breaths at the start of the exam, and try your best to relax.  Delegates on the Beacon CeMAP training courses have mock questions at every section and plenty of mock exams to try, and trust us, by the end of the week, everyone agrees you do not need the full amount of time to complete the exam.