If the thought of preparing for the CPIM exam takes you right back to high school and the preliminaries are troubling, please relax. It’s OK. Taking the test is not necessarily a test for past nerve flexion and eyelid twitching. Your initial preparation is to start before opening the book.
First, let’s avoid them through three bad habits: too little learning, too much learning, and too much self-confidence. You must study for this exam, but you must do it well. Do you remember the man in the class who was in meetings all night and couldn’t hold his pencil up at all on the day of the exam? Don’t be like that, don’t be a classmate of the whole class. Finally, don’t rely on all of your professional experience as a prerequisite. These exams are prepared for experienced professionals.
Five study tips for the CPIM exam will help you overcome exam pressure
These 5 tips aren’t rocket science, but they can certainly help you get the most out of your learning. The first is as simple as bringing an umbrella when it rains:
1. Get the right materials.
At least you should have the “APICS CPIM Exam Content Manual” and “APICS Dictionary.” These absolutely indispensable references will give you an overview of the exam content, as well as definitions of any acronyms and terms you will come across. But working in a research department is like rowing a boat with just one oar: you can do it, but it’s more work to get to your destination. We recommend starting with one of our study plan packages, such as our starter package, which is enough to move you in the correct path.
2. Keep the materials together.
We all know how distracting it is to spend 15 minutes looking for some obscure acronym definitions. Eliminate it with this simple step.
3. Set the schedule.
Again, this is Research 101, but it’s essential. As many reading lists or miscellaneous lists can attest, you will not be able to complete the task at all unless you firmly plan the time to complete the task. To learn, it is best to reserve a certain time every day. Forming a habit takes time and can also easily cope with the study pressure in daily work.
4. Use the 20-minute rule.
Did you know that many experts recommend that you limit your active learning time to about 20 minutes? Your mind can only process a limited information at a time. Floods and all-night study will destroy the whole purpose of learning. Use the time remaining to review and apply what you already know, then take a break and then return to the second round.
Practice exam-taking skills. You can do two things with the sample test: point out your weaknesses, so you can give them more attention and reduce your nerves’ strength before the exam. After you’ve practiced a few times, the awful big exams coming up won’t be that bad.
Is it difficult to pass the CPIM exam? of course. But if you follow these tips, you can keep stress to a minimum and achieve maximum success.