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Preparing for the CRSP/CRST Examinations

CRSP Exam and CRST Exam Eligibility

BCRSP outlines all information in regards to qualifying for the CRSP or CRST examination (click on CRSP or CRST to learn more about eligibility requirements from the BCRSP). 

After reviewing the BCRSP requirements you should have a good understanding regarding the process of qualifying for the examination and the information you will be tested on. Your next step is you will need to develop a plan of action to prepare to take the examination. The methods and techniques used for preparing for the examination is an individual decision. The methods MySafetyPrep lists have been developed over the years and have been determined to be highly successful. There are no shortcuts to preparing for these examinations. We will guide you through some time-proven methods that will assist you in successfully passing the examinations an obtaining the professional designations. 

Knowing your Strengths and Weaknesses

One of your first steps in preparing for the CRSP/CRST exams is to determine where your strengths and weaknesses are. This can be achieved in several ways. One way is to do a self-evaluation, by rating yourself on how well you know each subject area listed in the domains. Simply look at the domains and individual topics and rate yourself on how well you are familiar with the topic.

Another way is for you to use MySafetyPrep CRSP/CRST exam preparation questions to test yourself in each domain to pinpoint your key areas of weakness and strength. These exam preparation questions have been developed by professionals who hold CIH, CSP and CRSP designations. Using MySafetyPrep helps you develop strategic study plan focusing on key areas of weakness. This helps you focus your time on areas which are likely to make a significant impact in your success on the exam. Also, our service helps you actively studying and apply concepts with practice questions reinforcing topics in each domain.

Developing an Examination Preparation Plan

Based on the results of your self-evaluation, the next step is to develop a plan to prepare for the examination. There is no set period to prepare for the examination. The time required to prepare is strictly a personal decision. Our experience has shown that a person with a solid background will require an average of 3 months to prepare. As stated previously, the first thing you must do is determine your strengths and weaknesses. One of the easiest things to do and probably one of the worst mistakes made when preparing for the exam is to spend a lot of time studying topics that you are strongest in.

Let’s face it. Its the easy thing to do. However, it will not serve you well to spend most of your time doing this. Focus on the areas that you are weakest in.

Use the self assessment and evaluation to develop your study plan. Determine how much time you will need to study each topic and develop a schedule to help you meet these goals. Stick to the schedule, as best as you can. Cramming a lot of information at the last minute may work for a few individuals but for most people this method does not work. When studying a particular topic do not just rely on remembering details of the subject. Try to gain a solid understanding of each topic. The exam questions are designed to test your overall knowledge and understanding.

Several private companies offer CRSP/CRST review courses. Often these courses are extremely costly and do not provide you with a complete set of knowledge to be successful passing the exam. If you do decide to utilize these types of courses in your preparation do so early on in your preparation. This will give you more time to review and modify your preparation plans.

Test Taking Strategy

For you to improve your chances of passing the exam you develop a strategy for taking the exam. Therefore, it is helpful to understand a question construction. A four-choice objectively scored exam item contains an item stem and four possible answers. The premise or lead in statement or question is called the stem. One of the choices is correct and three are not. As mentioned, there are no penalties for incorrect answers, so for sometimes you may need to guess. If you do not know the answer you should guess intelligently. Look for choices that you know are incorrect. Choose your answer from among the remaining choices. This increases your chances of selecting the correct answer. Also, read the questions carefully. Consider the question from the viewpoint of an exam item writer. Look for the item focus. Each item evaluates some area of knowledge. Try to identify what knowledge the item is trying to test. Recognize the stem for some items may include information that is not needed for answering the question correctly. Next, consider the context of an item. Often the item is framed around a particular industry or situation. Even if you do not work in the industry or have no experienced a particular situation the item may be testing knowledge that you have. Avoid dismissing an item because of the context or industry it was framed in.

Use your time wisely. When taking the exam complete those items first that you know you can answer quickly. Then go back to items that were difficult for you or required considerable time to read, analyze or compute. You may want to go back over skipped or marked items several times. Complete the skipped items. After you have gone through the examination once, look for items that you have not answered. Select an answer for any skipped or incomplete item. By chance alone you can get one of every four correct. Many times, a later item may contain the answer or at least a trigger that allows you to answer some previous questions.

Go back to troublesome items. Its a good idea to mark items that you are not sure about or are too difficult. After you worked through the entire exam, go back to marked items. Reread the items and study the choices again. You may recall some knowledge or information that you had not considered earlier and be able to answer them correctly. You may be able to eliminate a choice that is not correct and increase chance of guessing the answer.