"Scheduling the Exam"

On some courses, particularly online courses like www.vtc.com, they recommend that you schedule the exam then study towards it afterwards. There are two schools of thought here, some believe that scheduling the exam makes you study harder (particularly if you've had to fork out hard-earned cash). Other school of thought is to do practice tests etc and when you feel you are at the right standard then schedule the test.

Just checked the prometric site and the maximum period you can book a test in advance is about 8 weeks. I would have thought that 8 weeks preparation should be ok (having done 6 or 7 weeks already)

Just wondered what strategy regarding " test scheduling" worked for you?[/quote]

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  • nelnel Member Posts: 2,859 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Its down to the individual but for me i always study first then book the exam when i feel ready. Then in that period i review material etc.
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  • SieSie Member Posts: 1,195
    I usually study then book the exam, a couple I have booked half way through study but only when I feel I will be ready. This was mainly due to setting myself goals I wanted to keep for my own pride.

    Do what feels best, yes booking early will force you to study harder but that in itself can be a barrier depending on the person.

    Not book and you could let it slide for a while.

    I guess it depends what sort of person you are, if you dont book it now will you be committed to it?
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  • RobertKaucherRobertKaucher Member Posts: 4,298 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I have to book the exam or I do not study as I should. I think it is a good practice for most people. I took my first cert in 2006 (70-271) and got lazy. Did not take my next exam for over a year. I purchased a bunch of vouchers and started scheduling test. The fact that I had spent the money and that they had expiration dates helped motivate me.
  • msnelgrovemsnelgrove Member Posts: 167
    I usually like to book the exam when I am halfway done studying. That way I have a better idea when I will be ready.
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