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State Universities Civil Service System

Test Preparation
The Day Before the Exam

The following information is essential if you are required to complete an examination in person at the University/Agency where you applied. If the classification is a Credentials Assessment examination, the following information does not apply.

On the day before the examination, you should prepare just as you would for any other important appointment. Know where you are going and explore your transportation/parking options.

Prepare what you should take with you to the exam (i.e. résumé, official transcript, a driver's license or picture ID, etc.). Review the examination "scheduling form confirmation" to identify everything you need to bring with you to the exam. Be prepared to sit for a while since exams last two or more hours.

A few actions you can take to reduce test anxiety include:

  • Approach the exam confidently: Use whatever strategies you can to personalize success: visualization, logic, talking to your self, practice, team work, journaling, etc.
  • View the exam as an opportunity to show how much you know about the position.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time, especially to do things you need to do before the exam and still get there a little early.
  • Avoid speaking with others who express negativity.
  • A program of exercise is said to sharpen the mind.
  • Don't go to the exam with an empty stomach. Fresh fruits and vegetables are often recommended to reduce stress. Stressful foods can include processed foods, artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, chocolate, eggs, fried foods, junk foods, pork, red meat, sugar, white flour products, chips and similar snack foods, foods containing preservatives or heavy spices

Get plenty of rest the night before the examination and allow yourself enough time in the morning so that you do not have to rush. Being rested and having a clear head on the day of the exam may help as much as any last minute review.

Be aware that you may NOT bring electronic devices such as cellular phones, beepers, headphones, or other similar communication devices to the HR test center. Using such devices at the test center is strictly prohibited and can result in your disqualification.