Start From Back To Front: A strategy that has been adopted by me and my students, it might actually work out better for you to start answering the questions
from back to front. Starting the CPC exam paper from the end to the front may work for you because questions are generally more advanced at the end, while
the front questions are somewhat simpler. Therefore you may not need to spend as much time on the front questions.
Make Full Use Of Your Open Book: As the CPC exam is an open book exam, make sure you take advantage by adopting an effective marking or highlighting
technique to enable you to pin point the answers you are looking for. I personally use Laureen Jandroep's proprietary Bubbling And Highlighting Technique,
and have found it extremely helpful.
This Bubbling And Highlighting Technique will help you highlight your own book so you can quickly find your own answers. So instead of flipping back and
forth between pages where the guidelines are, the answers are right next to the codes when you take the board exam- literally jumping out at you. My students
swear by this technique, they’ve said it gave them the confidence and helps them in their day to day coding work AFTER the exam too!
If you have your own marking techniques by all means use it to help you out during your exam. Having an effective searching technique will make a huge
difference because time is a HUGE CONSTRAINT during your CPC exam paper.
Skip Unsure Questions First: Do not worry if you’re unsure of the answers to some questions. Just skip those questions and mark them. You can come back to
them later. Work on those that you are certain of, as there is a higher chance of you getting more answers correct. This way, you can be sure that you’ve got
time to cover every question. After you have gone through the whole paper, return to those marked questions. If you are really running out of time, just pick
an answer randomly, this way you will at least have a chance of getting the correct answer as opposed to leaving the question blank.
Confirm And Check Out Your CPC Examination Venue Beforehand (if possible): This will help you feel prepared and less stressed out on the actual CPC exam
date. Double check the CPC exam venue on the official website, and always arrive early just in case. This is very important as you may be forbidden from
taking the CPC exam if you are late.
Never Sit For Your CPC Exam On An Empty Stomach: On the day of the CPC exam, take a breakfast rich in protein and low in greasy fat. Take some carbohydrates
too. Two half-boiled or poached eggs taken with some toast would be perfect. Taking a glass of milk would be good too as it is full of protein, natural
sugars and vitamins that will nourish you, your brain and your body. Refrain from eating fried oily food for breakfast as you may feel sluggish later. Never
ever sit for your CPC exam with an empty stomach. That is the biggest mistake anyone can make as you are not operating on your full potential and you'll
suffer the mental sluggishness of low blood sugar. Remember, this CPC exam is 5 and a half hours long. It’s a long time to fast.
Things To Bring Along To The CPC Exam: Most importantly, remember to bring your coding manual for the open book exam. Also, bring along a bottle of water
with you into the CPC exam venue. You will need water for optimal function of your body and brain. Also, bring a watch with you to keep track of the time.
Plan your time accordingly. For example, 2 and a half hours into the test, you should be about halfway through the questions. Lastly, bring along a jacket or
sweater to keep you warm and comfortable if needed during the test.
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