Kamis, 15 Desember 2011

It Doesn't Matter If You Study - How to Take a Test

All of us have been hounded by our parents and teachers to study study study. But all that studying won't guarantee you a good result on the test. You can study for hours and know all the material but you can still do poorly on the exam. Why is this?
Basically, it boils down to how well you can take a test. For example, my sister is much better than I am at math. In fact, she has a degree in Aerospace Engineering. My sister is a rocket scientist. And yet, when we took the SAT, I did better in the math section.
I'm definitely not better than she is at math. So why did she not do as well?
The answer lies in how well you take tests.
You can study all you want, but unless you learn how to take a test, you will never realize your full potential and a lot of that studying will go to waste.
So, what is the solution? Learn how to take tests! There are a lot of resources out there for learning how to study. There are websites chock-full of information that can help you learn more than you ever thought possible. But that's not what you're looking for.
Let me share with you a tip on test taking. This is something you do before the test. Go up to the teacher or professor and ask, "What exactly should I anticipate for the test?" It seems obvious, but it can go a long way. Use whatever information your instructor gives you - it will put you that much more ahead than you were before. It could be something big or it could be something little. Whatever it is, use it!
Some might say that this is just working the system but it isn't. And some might say that just doing this won't get you very far and they are right. There are a myriad of other tips and tricks you can use both before and during the test. Don't get me wrong; you still need to study! But if you study poorly or study without keeping the test in mind, you will not do well on the test. Same as if you don't understand how to take a test. Granted, you will learn a lot, but the grade you get won't reflect all that knowledge.
I suppose the point is not to let all your studying go to waste. Learn how to take a test, then learn how to study for a test. Then, when you do study and learn things, all that knowledge in your noggin is going to come out on paper much, much better.

Rabu, 16 November 2011

A Walkthrough of What to Expect in the AAPC CPC Exam When You're Taking It for the First Time

If you're nervous about what is going to happen when you're taking the AAPC CPC exam for the first time then you must continue reading. The panic or stress you feel when taking a medical coding certification exam mostly comes from uncertainty. You feel this way because you are not sure what questions to expect and how you'll do during the exam. An excellent way to alleviate that is to know exactly what to expect in the exam hall so you go in mentally and physically prepared. The following is how a typical CPC exam is conducted.
What happens in the AAPC CPC exam hall
The AAPC CPC exam hall will have proctors to assist you, they will introduce themselves and begin giving you instructions verbally. Listen carefully and make sure to ask if you have any questions.
First you'll be given a Proctor-To-Coder Instructions along with an exam packet. The exam packet contains a test grid, marking instructions for the grid, gold seals, and exam booklet. You'll be told to fill in the grid marking instruction form using a #2 pencil before it is collected. If you are still unsure this is time to ask now.
Then you'll be told how to fill in the answer grid for sections A, B, C, and D. For section D you'll refer to the back of the exam booklet for the exam type, version, exam number and sign your first and last name on it. You can refer to the white adhesive label on your exam packet to find your member ID#.
The proctor will then tell you the rules of the exam. You're given 5 hours and 40 minutes to complete the exam. Snacks and hydration is allowed during the exam but you need to be careful to keep your answer grids dry and clean. You're also allowed to take breaks and go out but only one person at a time. The time will continue ticking if you take a break and you're not allowed to bring exam materials out with you.
One useful thing to know is that if at any time you feel the exam environment is distracting or have other reasons, you may elect to not take the exam. You have the responsibility to follow up and contact the AAPC to reschedule. If you stop the test in the middle of the exam then you have to contact them to review your decision and the AAPC may or may not choose to grade the exam.
When you have completed answering, locate your gold seals that was part of the exam packet and put them on the top, right side, and bottom of your exam booklet. Do not attempt to seal it though. Fill out sections F and G and return everything to the proctor before leaving the room quietly.
After the exam
Once that is done the AAPC CPC exam results are usually released within 5 to 7 business days after they receive the exam package from the proctor. Results won't be revealed through the telephone so you can check your results from official website in the member area. The official result documents typically takes 2 weeks to be mailed to you.
Now that you have a walkthrough of what to expect in the AAPC CPC exam when you're taking it for the first time, you can then stride into the exam hall with confidence and give it your best!