Now that you have made up your mind to become a Certified Legal Assistant or Certified Paralegal…
It is time to get ready for the examination!
Learn what you need to do to prepare yourself for the exam and read all our test taking tips that will give you the edge you need on test day to pass the examination.
Certified Legal Assistants show that they are devoted to their career because they have gone the extra mile in developing their expertise. Becoming certified can give you an edge during a job search, qualify you for promotions, and affords you added credentials.
Developing a course of action is very important. You want to cover all your bases, so planning is essential. You must prepare, study, and get yourself ready for test day.
How to Prepare
Certification exams are not the kind of tests you can cram for the night before and pass on a wing and a prayer. You’ve probably heard the saying “proper preparation prevents poor performance.” That adage definitely applies here.
Proper studying requires you to devote time and energy into learning the material. Knowing what to expect on the Legal Assistant Certification Examination is the first step. Having an overview of what is covered makes it easier to break down the material into manageable topics for study.
Develop a Study Plan
The number one very best thing you can do to prepare is to invest in a good study guide.
Having a study guide to follow helps you to establish a timeline for your studies so you can be sure to cover everything you need to learn before the test.
Having a first-rate study guide will give you good guidance and direction as to what to focus your studies on. Most guides even have practice tests to show you where your strong and weak points are.
Taking the Test
List of items to bring with you– Writing this list the night before, and gathering the items up in one place, will keep you from hurriedly scrambling in the morning to get everything together. Your list might include things like: car keys, ID, needed paperwork, scratch paper, pen, a bottle of water.
Eat breakfast! The “most important meal of the day” is especially important before a big test. You need to eat a good meal to provide you with energy and nutrients to feed your brain power. A cup of coffee can be helpful, but don’t overload on caffeine or you’ll get the jitters.
Think positive! Having confidence can make all the difference in how well you perform on a test. Some people pray or recite positive affirmations. Most of your confidence will come from knowing that you have studied the material, but you have to choose a mindset of believing in your ability and knowledge.
During the Test
Arrive early– Allot extra travel time for traffic jams and also to find parking. Leave 15 minutes for check in. I recommend arriving early enough to allow 15-30 minutes prior to test time to get settled in and situated. That allows time for you to get a drink of water, use the bathroom, find a seat, and prepare your mind for the task at hand.
Read directions– Test takers often make careless mistakes because they just breeze through the directions. For timed tests, look at how much time you have for each section or question and whether you will be giving a 10 minute warning before time runs out.
Take Notes– If you are able to skip questions or go back and change your answers. If allowed, use scratch paper to keep track of questions you think you got wrong, and might want to go back to
Keep in mind that it’s ok to get a few answers wrong. You don’t have to get 100% in order to pass. If you come to a hard question and you aren’t sure about the answer, give it your best guess, and if allowed, come back to it at the end.
After the Test
Review answers– If you finish early, take the time to scan back over your test. Make sure you answered all of the questions. Go back to questions you made a note of that were guesses and give these more thought. But keep in mind that your first instinct may be the best guess.
Congratulations! Now you get to play the waiting game while you wait for your scores. But nothing says you can’t start celebrating now. Treat yourself to a nice dinner or pedicure. Be proud of your accomplishment!
Continue to come back to find answers to all your questions about becoming the Best Legal Assistant!