APICS has outlined successful strategies to help you feel more confident on testing day. The following tips will help you develop a study plan, improve your test score and help you work toward earning your APICS designation.
1. Choose your exam preparation resources
APICS offers a variety of ways to help you prepare for your APICS exam. With several options to choose from, instructor-led, instructor-supported or self-study, you can combine and tailor your learning options according to your individual learning style. Visit the APICS Education Selector to determine which option is right for you.
2. Prepare for the exam
Create a study plan. Candidates take, on average, approximately 100 hours to study for each exam. You may need more or less time, depending on your level of experience, amount of class time, study preferences and other factors. The amount of study time also depends on which APICS certification exam(s) you’re taking. One way to determine how many study hours you will need per week is to study one chapter in the CPIM, CSCP, or CLTD modules; use this to determine how much time you’ll need to adequately review the material.
Another great preparation resource is to connect with other professionals through the APICS Supply Chain Channel. The APICS community is here to support your efforts to increase your knowledge and enhance your skills.
3. Plan your exam date
Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your exam. You’ll want to take the exam while the information is still fresh in your mind. Determine when and where you would like to take your exam and build your study plan by working backwards from your desired exam date. For the CPIM, try to take all five CPIM modules in the recommended order within a one-year period.
4. Purchase Exam
CPIM exams are offered year-round in North America and during specific testing windows outside North America. CSCP exams are offered worldwide during specific testing windows and CLTD is offered year-round worldwide. When you’re ready to test, visit apics.org/att to request your Authorization to Test.
5. Take the exam
Stay calm and focused during the exam. Use the entire time allotted for completing the exam. If you find that the first few questions are giving you trouble, flag them for review and move on until you find one you can answer with certainty. This will build your confidence and enable you to get the “feel” of the exam. Pay particular attention to the wording of the exam questions. Read carefully! If possible, allow sufficient time to go through your answers a second time at the end of the exam.
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