How to Prepare for Tests the Right Way

Are you unlucky enough to come across people who simply do really well at tests but are otherwise mentally deficient?

I know that sounds like a harsh thing to say. I mean nobody wants to be called mentally deficient or mentally defective or disabled.

However, let's get real here. Let’s call a spade a spade. A lot of people who do really well at tests fail in everything else. I remember graduates going to graduate school and a friend of mine who could barely form coherent sentences turned out to have one of the highest GRE scores in our batch.

What went wrong? What went right? How can this be?

Well, it really all boils down to proper mindset. You have to understand that IQ can only set a range to your achievements. IQ by itself is not some sort of chain that is wrapped around your neck and completely prevents you from doing what you need to do.

To do well at IT exams, you have to prepare for tests the right way. Here's how you do it.

Assume that it can be done

Never ever underestimate your power to assume. When you assume certain things to be true, you get a tremendous amount of power. You really do. You get a tremendous sense of possibility and you're willing to put in the time, effort and energy to make something happen.

I wish I could tell you that this is all intellectual. I wish I could tell you that this really all boils down to being told to do something. It isn’t. It involves focus. You have to like what you're doing. You have to get some sort of meaning from it so you can hit it day after day after day.

Preparing for tests must involve some sort of consistency. It must involve some sort of reaching out to the deepest parts of your psyche so you can get pump up and excited enough to put in the time as far as test preparation goes.

You have to remember that this is a marathon not a sprint. It would be great if it can operate on some sort of one-time-big-time kind of scheme, but it doesn't. This is one of those things that you have to focus on day after day, week after week, month after month.

That's how you prepare and it all boils down to mindset because if you have the right attitude, you will be able to achieve. In other words, to achieve, you must first believe. What are you supposed to believe?

Well, you have to believe that it can be done. You have to believe that passing your IT tests can be done by you. You also have to believe that if other people were successful in those tests, you can be too. In other words, if they can do it, what’s preventing you?

You may be thinking that this is basic belief. You may be thinking that this pretty much speaks for itself. Don’t be so dismissive. This doesn’t come automatically.

You have to understand that people fail all the time because they do not believe in themselves deep enough. Sure, they can talk a good game. Sure, they might seem like they have a self-esteem, which translates to a healthy level of self-confidence, but don’t let appearances fool you.

At the end of the day, it really boils down to how they respond in given situations and, believe me, most people fall short. They really do. So, you have to believe all the way. You have to assume certain things are true so you can focus.

As the old saying goes, “where your focus goes, energy flows”. Give any kind of task enough energy, focus and attention to detail, don’t be surprised if you knock it out all day every day. That’s the kind of state of flow that you need to aim for.