Last-Minute Tips

Preparing To Take the Test

Complete this checklist to determine if you are ready to take your test.

  • Do you know the testing requirements for your teaching field?
  • Have you followed the test registration procedures?
  • Have you reviewed the test center identification document requirements?
  • Do you know how long the test will take?
  • Are you familiar with the test directions and the types of questions for your test?
  • Are you familiar with the recommended test-taking strategies and tips?
  • Have you practiced by working through the sample test questions at a pace similar to that of an actual test?
  • If you are repeating a test, have you analyzed your previous score report to determine areas where additional study and test preparation could be useful?

The Day of the Test

You should have ended your preparation a day or two before the actual test date. Many clichés you may have heard about the day of the test are true. You should:

  • Be well rested.
  • Take the appropriate identification document(s) with you to the test center.
  • Check the Registration Bulletin to see if there is anything else you need to bring with you to the test center for the test you are taking.
  • Eat before you take the test.
  • You should wear a solid color that contrasts your skin tone. Avoid wearing black, dark blue, red or white clothing, as these colors blend in with the backdrop and may cause difficulty in scoring the recorded interview.
    Additionally, it is critically important for scoring that you present a clear
    view of your face during the interview session. Therefore, consider how you
    wear your hair this day, avoid wearing such accessories as scarves or hats, and minimize large jewelry around the face, neck, fingers and wrists. Lastly, be aware of your sitting position throughout the interview, as scorers must have full view of your signed communication responses on the digital recording.
  • Be prepared to stand in line to check in or to wait while other test takers are being checked in.
  • Stay calm. You can’t control the testing situation, but you can control yourself. Test administrators are well trained and make every effort to provide uniform testing conditions, but don’t let it bother you if your interview doesn’t start exactly on time. You will have the necessary amount of time once it does start. Using the Reducing Test Anxiety (PDF) booklet in the days before you test may be helpful in mentally and emotionally preparing yourself to test.

You can think of preparing for this test as training for an athletic event. Once you have trained, prepared and rested, give it everything you’ve got. Good luck.