Tips for Studying for Your NASCLA Exam

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The NASCLA (National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies) exam is now accepted by many states, and it helps contractors to work across multiple jurisdictions.

Because this is a major exam, preparation for it is imperative. While some may not need prep courses to take it, many do. Having the right tools and professional help before taking this exam will make your process much easier. If you can get the necessary support and not fail, why not do it?

With that in mind, here are some pro tips for studying for your NASCLA exam.

How to Study for the NASCLA exam?

You can study for the exam on your own or with someone else. We thoroughly recommend you don’t study alone. This is a major exam, and you want to be sure to pass it the first time.

The benefits of taking and passing this exam are many, including the possibility of increasing your salary. If you like money as much as the rest of the world, why not ensure your absolute success in taking this exam? Below are some tips to better your chances at success for the NASCLA:

  1. Get into an exam prep course. Just like when you were in school, exam prep courses and seminars are still around. The reason being is that they work. When you have experts helping you with the process, life is easier. The experts aren’t meant to give you the answers to the test, but to provide you with the expertise you’ll need to pass it.

Exam prep courses also cut down the nervousness of not knowing what type of questions will be asked, in addition to easing your nerves knowing that you took key measures to be ready for the test.

  1. Take a prep exam. Take mini tests up to the time of the exam. Many prep courses do give you sample testing so that you get a better feel for what the real thing will look like. This is important because you get into “exam mode” preliminarily, and your brain begins to get used to what will happen on the actual day of the exam.

Even if you don’t enroll in a course, we still recommend making yourself take mini tests before the actual test. These can be five-question quizzes every day, or a longer test at the end of each study session. There’s something to be said about repetition and preparation before any major undertaking.

  1. Breathe. It goes without saying that taking any exam is nerve-wracking. The pressure of having to pass turns on all aspects of the nervous system, and for many people, their heart begins to speed up. If you’re not a test taker, you’re not alone.

Many people don’t do well under the pressure of an exam, especially if it’s timed or if it’s something major (like the NASCLA exam). While it may sound as cliché as wearing a bowtie to a wedding, breathing is important if you want the nerves to pass, or to be contained at the very least. Start doing measured breathing before your test and throughout to calm your mind.

  1. Guarantee your success. If you do take the route of getting into a prep class, which is highly recommendable, be sure your prep class organization guarantees your results. You’ll likely pay good money for them to prepare you, so be sure they offer some kind of guarantee in passing or continuous education until you’re ready to take the test again.

No-fail guarantees give you the peace of mind that you’ll pass no matter what. No one wants to fail at an exam, but if you do and you have to take it again, be sure your organization can support you.

Pass Your Exam the First Time

At the Contractors Institute, we know that you’re a busy professional, and we want you to succeed in passing your test the first time. We prepare you for this thorough evaluation and aim to have you take it only once. In the event that you don’t pass, we work with you to get you ready again.

We know having this exam under your belt is important for your business, and we take it seriously. Give us a call today to find out more about our prep seminar for the National NASCLA Accredited Contractor Exam. Our goal is your ultimate success!


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