Prepare for Certification Tests

If you have invested the time and money involved in earning a professional certification, you would do well to study hard for any exams you have to take to finish the process. With a few helpful study tips and some continued effort on your part, you can increase your chances of passing your final exams and starting your hospitality career.

Study Tips

As you prepare for the certification exams offered in hospitality careers, remember that there are a few practices you should consider implementing as you study. Review your course materials and any other information in a place that is clean and relatively free of distractions. Study in increments of 20 to 50 minutes at a time, with five- or ten-minute breaks in between.

Keep your mind active as you read course material. Be alert while studying and strive to keep your mind from glossing over and reverting to passive reading. If you don’t, you likely won’t remember the material you read. Highlight important material and in the margin, make notes of things you want to remember or cross reference to other information.
Improving Your Memory

If you have problems remembering material for exams, you can take a few steps to help alleviate the problem. Work on reducing your stress, which has been shown to adversely affect how well people remember things. Make sure you get some exercise, and get enough sleep.

Coping with Test Anxiety

It’s natural to feel a little nervous when taking a big test. Actually, being just a little nervous can help you perform at your absolute best. If your anxiety becomes too debilitating, however, your test scores could suffer.

Research has shown that people who spend a few minutes writing down their worries before a test actually perform better. The writing frees a person’s mind so you can be relaxed and focused before the exam. You can also ease your tensions before an exam by remembering to do some deep breathing, and even by visualizing yourself performing well on the test.


Be certain you understand, and have fulfilled, any other requirements in regard to your certification exam, such as meeting registration deadlines, paying necessary fees and ensuring that you know the date and time you are scheduled to complete your test.

Last Updated: 05/23/2014


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