You have set your mind to it and now you are about to take your engineering board exam. There are a few days left before the big day, so what do you do?
A week before I took the engineering board examination, I had two mixed feelings: excitement and anxiety.
I was excited, because the big day is about to come for me to prove that I am worthy of the engineering license; and anxious, because there is a possibility that I will fail despite my preparation.
While the anxiety went on as the days passed, at one point I found a note in my review materials which said, “If you want to pass, the first requirement is to think that you can pass.”
This was a life-changing tip – which I lost along the way from being so stressed out and worried – from my review instructor who often held an inspirational talk every after our lecture. And during those times, I habitually write the best motivational tips in my notes to remind me in the future. Thank heavens I did because it helped me a lot.
And so I did think like a passer. I was determined to pass even if I know that I wasn’t a hundred percent prepared four days prior the two-day board exam.
The truth is that no one is a hundred percent prepared for the board exam because there will always be something that the takers have not studied. Remember that all engineering board exams have a wide coverage of topics. Also, the items that will come out are totally unpredictable.
What I did is focus on what I know. Because stressing myself on what I do not know will only rattle me which could have a negative impact in my board exam performance. For this, I chose not to study anything new anymore two days before the board exam and stick with my cards full of formulas.
With only a few days remaining, board exam takers like you should already be prepared in terms of studying. And by then, you should only focus on one thing: mind conditioning.
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You have to mentally prepare yourself that you can do it, that you are able to answer enough items to get a passing score, that you will be a licensed engineer after taking the board exam. Claim it!
That is what all the previous board exam passers, including me, have done – they believed in themselves. And you should, too.