Case Management

Sneak peek: Preparation strategies for certification exam success

Case Management Weekly, July 18, 2012

Preparing for a case management certification exam?  

When preparing for an examination, look to the sponsoring organization for information about the test. Other non-affiliated resources such as flash cards, sample questions, and books can help you prepare. 

These tips can help you pass the first time. 

Buyer beware. If you decide to use a test preparation service, beware of the hard sell. Conduct your own research to determine whether a company's products or services are a good match for your needs. 

Focus on your weak areas. Select study materials that fill in your knowledge gaps. For example, if you've worked as a case manager in only one clinical setting, consider study aids that focus on unfamiliar practice areas. 

Know yourself. Tailor your study methods to your learning style. If you learn best with written information, read a book. If you learn best by taking sample exam questions, follow that route. Practice exams can be particularly useful if you find test-taking stressful. 

Seek colleagues' perspectives. Before an exam, ask colleagues who have already passed it for an overview of the experience. Tests change over time, but much of the core information remains. Ask which topics you should focus on when studying. 

Understand complex concepts. Study concepts that are a focus of the test you plan to take. Sharpening your focus can help you make better use of your preparation time. 

Think, don't just memorize. Some certification tests require you to think rather than rely on rote memorization. Be certain that you know the information and how to apply it. 

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from an article in the July Case Management Monthly published by HCPro, Inc.

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