5 Study Tips for American Board Exams
If you’ve recently enrolled in the program, preparing for your American Board final exams may seem overwhelming, especially if you’ve been out of school for years. Yes, you’ll need to pass a subject-area exam and a pedagogy exam, but the program was designed to ensure you’ve got all of the study materials you need to be successful.
See the study tips below to make sure you get off to a great start when preparing for your exams. It will help to remember your goal- you’re not studying to just pass the exams, you want to make sure you’ve got all the knowledge and skills you need to be the best teacher you can be.
- Use your study plan and create a study schedule. Your study materials include a study plan that will help you map out how much material you need to cover each week, how frequently you should study, and when you want to schedule your exams. The best approach includes study time throughout each week to ensure that you have time to cover all the material while balancing your studies with your work and personal life.
- Watch the provided webinars. If you only focus on the written study materials, you’ll miss the valuable information presented in webinars. Webinars are found under the Program Information button on your account home page.
- Utilize the practice quizzes and exams. Taking practice quizzes as you move through the material is a great way to assess whether you are absorbing the needed information. When you feel prepared to schedule a final exam, take the aligning practice exam first; if you score an 85% or higher, you should be successful on your final exam.
- Learn the standards. Standards are not facts to memorize; instead they provide insight on what you need to know and be able to do. Being comfortable with the standards will help with your final exams and the work you do in the classroom.
- Prepare for the writing portion of the PTK. Many candidates (mistakenly!) assume that they will pass the writing portion of the PTK without studying for it, but it isn’t as easy as it seems. If you fail the writing portion, you will need to retake the entire exam. Time yourself when practicing different writing prompts and familiarize yourself with how the essay is structured and graded.
With a set study schedule and a focus on your goals, you should be able to pass your final exams and finish American Board’s program within a year.
If you’ve recently passed American Board exams and you have other great study tips, tell us about them in the comments!