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how do you block out distractions during the exam?

 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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How do you block out distractions during the exam?

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Normally, I take certification exams in one of two exam centers where the environment is conducive to taking a test. One time I didn't. I complained on my blog about this center. I could hear angry customers outside the door during a good part of the exam. I wound up subvocalizing the questions as I read to block out the external sound.
 
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My answer:

I haven't had this problem but would be very distressed if I did. It's tough when you've worked really hard and can't focus because of other people. That said, I have had centers where I felt like I was stuck in a tiny cramped closet. My recommendation is to visit and check out the center before you schedule the exam. This doesn't rule out distractions, but does give you a good idea of the quality of the center.
 
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I didn't encounter any real distractions so far. I'm a strong believer of "never change a winning team", so I always take my certification exams in one of two exam centers Had no complaints about these exam centersin the past, so no reason for a change (although I vaguely remember on one occasion it was really, really hot in the room where I had to take my exam).

I don't know if other people talking would distract me. I have always studied most of the time in the kitchen (not in my room) with the radio turned on So I'm quite used to backgroud noise.
 
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Roel: Normal talking wouldn't have bothered me. These were some very load and agitated complainers.

You are correct though. I shouldn't have changed my test center. I had only been to two up until that point and *assumed* that the qualities they had in common were standard. Nope!
 
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