According to my calendar, today is apparently the day I get myself organized to study for test number three, Site Planning & Design.
I took my second exam on December 10th and as of this morning still had yet to receive my letter. Upon arriving home, I hurriedly opened the mailbox (as I’ve done since December 24th, thinking I’d receive my letter 2.5 weeks after taking the exam, much like PPP) and was greeted with the best post-Christmas present I could have ever received. A PASS.
Starting to study for SPD tonight will feel so much better with two PASS letters sitting in their envelopes on the corner of my desk. I guarantee you, I would have been on the couch with some Java chip icecream should this have gone differently.
The bottom line, when it comes to these tests, is to just make sure you study your tush off. Don’t give yourself two weeks to cram and then hope for the best (but also don’t give yourself unlimited time). Take. your. time. There’s no rush. This isn’t a race. If you still don’t feel comfortable with the material after 3 weeks, then by all means, give yourself another week. There is no harm in giving yourself extra time if you know you’ll put that time to good use. Do you really want to cram for 2 weeks, only to fail and then have to re-study what you studied, plus some? And (if you’re firm isn’t reimbursing you), do you really want to spend another $210 to re-take the exam? IMHO, the least amount of time spent in that Prometric center, the better.
I gave myself 5 weeks for CDS, spending one of those weeks reviewing what I studied for PPP. I planned time off from studying and set reasonable goals for myself each week, taking either a practice exam or practicing the vignette each weekend until I felt comfortable.
Seriously, don’t rush. The better you feel about the time you’ve spent studying, the more confident you’ll feel when you enter that testing center and the happier you’ll feel about your results walking out of the test.
If I can do it, you can do it.