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QUESTION #1: I am nervous about taking this test. I have heard that the fail rates are very high, and that makes me feel like the odds are already against me. Help!
QUESTION #2: I've started biting my nails / smoking cigarettes / eating potato chips by the bagful. What can I do to stop these 'bad habits' from becoming permanent--yet still keep my 'sanity' while I study for this test?
QUESTION #3: I don't have enough time to prepare. I mean, I don't even have enough time now to do my laundry or go grocery shopping! How am I supposed to fit this into my schedule, as well?
QUESTION #4: My spouse / partner / roommate just doesn't 'get' what I'm going through. What can I do to make them understand, and support me more?
QUESTION #5: What if I fail?
QUESTION #6: I failed the test before. I have no idea why I am putting myself through this again. What was I thinking? And what do I do now, since I've already paid to take this?
QUESTION #7: I have heard so much about this test, and I'm terrified. Help!
QUESTION #8: What can I expect this experience to be like?
QUESTION #9: What are the first things I need to do to get started?
QUESTION #10: Why doesn't SHRM support this test anymore? Why did they start offering their own certification, instead? And, is that one easier? Maybe I've made a mistake...
QUESTION #11: I did awful on the assessment / pre-test. Should I just give up now?
QUESTION #12: No one at my job knows that I'm going to be taking this test. Should I tell them so that I can get their support?
QUESTION #13: I was hired at my new job with the stipulation that I would take, and pass, this test. The pressure is incredible. I'm afraid I will be fired if I fail it. HELP!
QUESTION #14: What if I just barely pass the test?
QUESTION #15: Can you please just tell me what the best study plan is? I think that might be much better than me trying to develop one on my own... I would hate to be wrong about this.
QUESTION #16: I don't test well. I never have, and I never will. What am I going to do?
QUESTION #17: There is so much to study! How will I ever get through it all?
QUESTION #18: I have kids / a demanding job / elderly parents / some combination of the above--there is no way I can get all of this done. There--I said it. Now what?
QUESTION #19: I keep procrastinating. But, at the end of the day, all too often I haven't done any studying. What can I do about this?
QUESTION #20: I had a study plan, but I have fallen behind. WAY behind. What can I do at this point?
QUESTION #21: You know... I'm beginning to think that this it isn't so important to earn this certification after all. Maybe I should just stop. What do you think?
QUESTION #22: I have decided that I really do want to embrace this challenge...but I have no idea how to do it. Any suggestions?
QUESTION #23: I've been out of school for years. Actually... decades. I don't know if I can 'do this' anymore. What suggestions do you have?
QUESTION #24: Everyone at my job knows that I'm going to be taking this test. Their constant questions about 'how's the studying going' are making me feel even more nervous. How can I make them stop?
QUESTION #25: I've heard from other people who have taken the test that it's not fair... in fact, that it's tricky. How can I succeed in the face of something that just is not fair?
QUESTION #26: I've heard that the 'HRCI way' can be very different from what a lot of organizations are actually doing. Yet, I have to have experience to take this test. So, what if my experience doesn't coincide with what HRCI says?
QUESTION #27: The HR BOK (body of knowledge) is so large! How can I learn all of this--and remember it?
QUESTION #28: If I fail this test, I will feel like I have wasted my time, my money, and my energy. I don't know how to get past thinking about this. Do you have any ideas?
QUESTION #29: One or two of the six functional areas are totally irrelevant to me, to my employer, and to what I want to do. To be blunt... I HATE this! What can I do?
QUESTION #30: There are just too many laws and too many cases--and I have a problem with that. This country is too litigious--and now I'm being forced to study this? To LEARN this?