To get ahead in your career, you need to have the necessary credentials. That means besides a college degree and extensive experience, you need a few certifications too. A combination of the three tips will help you build a strong resume. However, acing a certification exam can seem like an uphill task. Here are easy tips to help you out.

Check out practice tests.

Now that you are interested in the particular field in which you want to pursue certification, it’s important to know what to expect on the exams.

For instance, if you’ll be taking the CompTIA Security+ certification exam, attempt an online practice test first to test your knowledge. Doing so will help you know which areas you need to focus on as you study.

Buy a study guide.

Nobody wants to spend money more than the bare minimum when taking a course. But if you are to excel in a certification exam, you must be willing to invest in materials that can help you. Buying a reliable study guide is a good place to begin. It can give you access to lots of helpful resources.

Watch online videos.

Lots of informative videos online provide helpful pointers on the various aspects of the area you have interest in. This is particularly the case with computer certification exams. Professors are constantly releasing new information on almost any subject, and there are forums where you can directly ask for explanations on areas you don’t understand.

Look for a mentor.

As you embark on your journey toward certification, you’ll soon meet questions that are beyond your scope, unless you have solid foundational knowledge. That’s where a mentor comes in — to help you understand fundamental concepts. Look for someone you can easily reach out to — someone in a neighboring college, for instance.

You need not be overwhelmed by anxiety as you wait to take a certification exam. With determination and appropriate resources, anyone can excel.