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How to Take an Online Certification Test Exam

By Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

More and more tests and exams have to be taken online today and even getting certified is often done through the Internet. In many ways, this has made taking exams easier. All that’s left is for examinees to do well and here are a few pointers on how to perform more than satisfactorily in an online certification test exam.

Advantages of Online Certification Exams

Since online certification has become a trend people no longer have to miss work or commute just to physically present to take tests; people can actually take their exams in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. Apart from the convenience of not having to commute just to take a test, online certification has other advantages. For one thing, because most online tests are available the whole year, the examinee can study and research at his or her own pace.

Preparing for a test always takes time and effort and being able to do it thoroughly is a big plus. This is easier to accomplish with the flexibility that comes with online exams. In addition, one other advantage of online tests is that they are generally cheaper than taking a test in a classroom or seminar type setting.

The Most Common Certification Exams

Many certification exams come with e-learning packages and courses but a good number are stand alone activities. Some government regulated certification exams for certain permits (such as learners’ permits for driving) can now be taken online in some states.

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The IT field remains one of the areas where certification exams are commonplace. There are easily over 200 certification exams for different programs and software. Most of these exams are conducted by vendors through authorized online testing centers. Many IT people earn their certification by buying software, mastering tutorials then applying for certification through the Internet.

Education is another area where online certification is becoming more common. In states like New York, Florida and Texas, certification can be obtained by taking online exams. Other fields that have joined this trend are some medical fields such as nursing and medical billing. Colleges and universities have fully embarked on online classes which use online certification tests.

Studying for the Test

Most online certification test exams aim to measure the examinee’s level of skill and competence against a set standard. This being so, studying is part and parcel of preparing for a certification test. Even if you think you have enough stock knowledge to qualify for the certification, you still need to review. You don’t want to be in the position where you are certain you know the answer but can’t remember the exact word while the clock is ticking away during your exam so do yourself a favor and study.

  • Find out everything you can about the exam: how many cover and what type of questions will be asked, what topics it cover and how much time is allotted per section of the test.
  • If you are trying to obtain a product-related certification then visit the vendor’s website. This may actually provide a study guide for future examinees.
  • Based on what you find out about the test coverage, gather review materials, read them and take notes.
  • Take as many practice exams as you need to feel confident and pay close attention to the questions you are unable to answer correctly; take note of these and review the answers.

In many cases, taking an online certification test exam could be the key to career advancement and better pay. These two benefits make it worth every effort to prepare for the test and do well in it.


Education is another area where online certification is becoming more common. Often, certification can be obtained online.

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