- Feb 13
Best Tips for Preparing For Your Kryterion Testing Network Exam
This post is about helping test candidates prepare for exams at testing centers within the Kryterion Testing Network (KTN).
KTN has more than 1,100 testing centers around the world. Fortunately, the process of preparing for a KTN exam is relatively uniform no matter where you take your test.
This week we talk about KTN exams. Next week, we'll talk about preparing for an online proctored (OLP) exam, which takes place in a location that's not a testing center, like a test candidate's home.
Focus on Your Test
Taking time to prepare for the exam-delivery process itself allows you to give all of your attention to doing well on test day.
For starters, your exam will almost certainly be proctored. That, in and of itself, adds a tone of seriousness, possibly some tension, to the event because proctors are no-nonsense people trained to ensure test security.
Also, do you know where and how you will complete your proctored exam?
It matters. For one thing, there’s that small issue of transportation. Don't wait till testing day to figure out how you're getting to the test center.
And then there's registration.
Wait a minute, how hard can registration be?
Not very, but what if there are multiple exams with very similar names? It happens. Too frequently. Do you know the exact name of the exam(s) you need to register for? You certainly don’t want to register for the wrong one.
When will you sit for the exam? What date? What time of day?
If, like many test candidates, you register far in advance, make sure you won’t have any conflicts for that date and time.
Double-check to make sure there’s no dentist appointment, parent-teacher conference or vacation plans, etc., buried in your calendar.
Have a significant other? It's a good idea to confirm that their calendar doesn’t list something yours doesn’t.
Will you require special accommodations? If so, contact your test sponsor with your request at least 30 days before the exam.
The Kryterion Testing Network
Identify the testing center that best meets your needs and have a plan to cover your transportation requirements. Have an emergency back-up plan, just in case. No-shows and same-day cancellations may cost you time and money in rescheduling fees, lost wages etc.
On the other hand, there might only be one test-center option. What if it's a significant distance from your starting point? How will you get there on time?
Leave nothing to chance. Before the day of the exam, travel to the test center using the same transportation you will use on the exam date. Make note of the time required for travel. Identify the exact location you must reach: the suite, the floor, etc. This information is located on your Assessment Purchase Confirmation. It will arrive as an email.
If you are driving, confirm the location, availability and cost of parking. Determine whether the meter or garage accepts change, cash, credit cards, etc. Some parking locations are only available at specific times or on specific days. Finding conveniently located parking for flatbed rigs in urban settings can be surprisingly challenging.
If you are travelling out of town and need local accommodations, make your plans ahead of time. Seeking accommodations at the last minute is an unhelpful distraction and may cause additional stress.
Here are some additional pointers for KTN-center candidates.
Before You Leave for the Test Center
- Double-check to make sure you have your unique “test taker authorization code.” Write it down and carry it on your person just in case your mobile device decides to be uncooperative at the test center.
- Confirm that you are carrying a government-issued photo ID.
- Bring a second ID that displays your printed name. (In the US, a social security card is not acceptable.) The second ID could be a bank card, employee ID card, credit card, etc.
- Take the test-center address and directions to it with you. Don’t rely on memory. Nervous tension can scramble memory.
- Leave early for the test center. Don’t let an unexpected storm, heavy traffic or an accident get in the way of your on-time arrival for your test. Again, missing a test could result in lost registration fees.
- Test-center storage capacity varies by location. Limit the items you bring with you to an absolute minimum. Aside from test sponsor-approved aids, no other items are allowed in your exam room, workstation, etc. This includes books, purses, laptops, cell phones, etc.
- Test centers are not responsible for your personal belongings while they are in storage on site.
- Plan to arrive at the test center at least 15 minutes before the scheduled exam time. Thirty minutes is better.
At the Test Center
- Arrive on time.
- Identify yourself to facility staff. Hand over any personal items that must be stored. This includes digital devices not required by special accommodation candidates and previously approved by the test sponsor and test center.
- Use the bathroom and get a drink of water, as needed, before the start of the exam. You cannot take a bathroom break once the exam begins.
- Follow staff directions. Your proctor will ask for your unique candidate authorization code before you can enter the exam room.
At the Work Station
- For your reading comfort, use the + and - icons at the top of the window to resize the display.
- Read the directions on the Welcome Candidate screen carefully.
- Do not attempt to browse the Internet or open any additional browser windows. This will cancel and disqualify your exam.
- Confirm that your name and the name of your exam are listed on that screen. If not, notify the proctor. If they are, select the Start Test button to begin.
- After reading the Candidate Instructions screen, select the Launch button.
- Do not read exam content aloud. Do not vocalize your responses either.
- Do not select the Submit Exam button until you're done! This cannot be undone.
We hope that test candidates derive value from this post. Taking care of the details before a KTN test will allow a better—we hope, great—testing result!
We know from our web site analytics that our blog posts aren't read just by test candidates. So, if you're a certification program manager, credentialing director or other program stakeholder and would like to know more about KTN or the four other ways Kryterion can deliver your exams, feel free to contact us here.
We look forward to talking to you soon!