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16 Free Practice Test Websites When Changing Careers

16 Free Practice Test Websites When Changing Careers

There is no substitute for education; if you are planning on changing your career, you need to study. For example, if you’re looking to get certified as an emergency ambulance driver, then you take the EMT examination. If you’re planning on driving a truck, you need to pass the CDL examination. No matter what exam you need to prepare for, the internet has changed the way we study because there are a lot of free resources available online.

Recently, a client of mine decided to change careers so he asked me if I knew of any free online practice test sites I can recommend. I did some research and found a handful of great ones and decided to put a list together. I want to provide you this list so you can avoid having to search online yourself. The sites provide free resources and are very easy to use.

1) CareerCrawlers.com

    This site is fairly new, however, provides loads of great information. It’s number one on the list because it provides tests for everyone (i.e. CDL, EMT, Postal, CNA, TOEFL, and SAT). It even has an in-depth blog section with great content and a section breaking down the trending salaries in each career. CareerCrawlers is completely free and provides both no-time limit and time-limit practice tests.

    Here are the practice tests I recommend:

    • CNA (for nursing)
    • CDL (trucking)
    • EMT (emergency response)

    The blog has career-based content and provides additional resources (i.e. other blogs, interview tips, etc.). Here are some informative blog posts on CareerCrawlers that you should check out:

    2) GED.com

      The General Educational Development examination tests the skills of high school level courses. It’s for people who are looking for a second chance to pass high school, but don’t have the time to enroll in school. This is number two because the GED exam is very important as it’s a foundation for almost every type of job possible. For example, if you plan on becoming a nurse, then you’ll need a high school diploma to pursue that career.

      It’s an organized website, and all that’s required is for you to create an account.

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      3) TestPrepReview.com

        This is a great website, however, doesn’t really offer the depth you would expect. It’s listed as #3 because it has almost all the exams you could think of so it is great for research. You can use this site to find the career choices you are interested in; then do some additional research. For example, if you are looking to change careers, then go to Test Prep Review, and skim through all the tests representing different certifications. Head over to Google and find a better site focusing on only those career exams.

        4) MyCareerTools.com

          This is a great site if you plan on studying for your GED or ACT. Mycareertools also has a jobs search option, studying tips, and more. This website is number four because of the awesome MBA section it has. When you arrive on the page, you’ll find information on GMAT prep, accredited schools, and international MBA programs.

          5) TechersTestPrep.com

            This site has a variety of different examinations and a lot of additional resources. The practice tests on this site are out of the ordinary with their focus on CBEST, RICA, Praxis, and CSEST. They also have information for those looking to become teachers, who want to find valuable information on the steps required.

            6) ACT.org

              The official ACT website is an amazing source of information for testing dates, scores, education and career planning.

              To help explain what the ACT test is about, here’s something from another well-known website- kaptest.com –

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              “Like the SAT, the ACT is a nationally administered, standardized test that helps colleges evaluate candidates. Colleges now accept your ACT or SAT scores interchangeably—in which case you may want to decide if the SAT or ACT is better for you. It’s also common for students to prepare for and take both exams.”- kaptest.com

              7) MHPracticePlus.com

                This is an awesome website for professional practice tests. The amazing thing is that they are free tests, but you have the option to buy study guides, etc. When I explored the website, I found practice tests for LSAT, ACT, GRE, SAT and GMAT. It’s a simple practice website that is right to the point. Not too much clutter so very easy to find what practice tests you’re looking for.

                8) CollegeReadiness.Collegeboard.org

                  A great site for those preparing for college. Browsing through the website is seamless. Each year, this website helps They also offer support with SAT and advanced placement (AP) programs. You can start to prepare by visiting the free practice section for the following: SAT, PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and NMSQT.

                  9) KAPTEST.com

                    Kaplan test preparation has been around for years and is one of the most credible sources for information, tests, and information on how to transition into college successfully. They offer a wide range of popular practice tests like the ACT, SAT, PSAT, and NMSQT. If you’re looking to write an exam to get into law school, then this site is for you—it has practice tests for the LSAT and other free resources. Resources on the GMAT and MCAT are also available, however, some online study guides for this section do have a cost.

                    One of the reasons this site is on the  list because it provides in-depth information on those looking to study abroad.

                    10) KhanAcademy.org

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                      The Khan Academy is a very popular site which came to fame because it can provide anyone with access to the Internet a way to learn online. This site has made the list because it covers all major subjects such as science, math, art, economic, and computing. it also has SAT preparation, which is important for those applying to college.

                      11) PowerScore.com

                        PowerScore covers all major tests like LSAT, GMAT, ACT, and SAT. It’s a great site to practice and provides other great resources. They are one of the nation’s fastest growing test preparation websites. Under each category, you’ll find a FAQ section answering some of the most common questions in the industry.

                        Here’s the free help section.

                        12) ProProfs.com

                          ProProfs offers free prep resources for the SAT examination. Here’s a quick introduction from the website:

                          “ProProfs offers free SAT study resources including practice exams, study guides, flashcards, quizzes, cram sheets, articles, links and tips to help you succeed in the SAT exam. Our extensive SAT Reading and Writing Study covers both sections in a convenient, easy-to-read “study guide” format, while our SAT Math Study area presents a comprehensive overview of the topics involved in SAT Mathematics.“ – ProProfs.com

                          13) BarronsTestPrep.com

                            This is a great test preparation website that focuses on GRE, GMAT, and ACT. You can visit each section taking their practice tests, and if you are serious about continuing, then sign up for their subscription plan, which comes with preparation materials such as:

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                            • Additional resources
                            • 1000+ practice questions
                            • Personalized Adaptive Practice

                            14) CrackACT.com

                              CrackACT covers only two exams, the ACT and SAT. However, the resources are very extensive. For example, they offer practice tests both online and in PDF format. This website is on the list because it’s right to the point. When you arrive on the website everything you need is on the left-hand column so skim through the menu and work at your own pace.

                              15) CDLHazmat.com

                                For those looking to get into the trucking industry, this site has over 100 free CDL practice examinations. It has over 50 general knowledge tests that you should start off with. If you are looking for a trucking career, don’t forget to visit the company job section where you’ll find information on requirements, salary, and experience expectations.

                                The blog section has a lot of cool tips for future truckers. Find interview tips, additional career resources, and study tips.

                                16) Veritasprep.com

                                  This site covers GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, and the MBA. It includes college admissions information, which will help guide your application process.

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                                  Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

                                  Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

                                  I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

                                  How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

                                  Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

                                  So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

                                  1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

                                  Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

                                  For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

                                  Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

                                  “When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

                                  2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

                                  These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

                                  This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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                                  But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                                  Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

                                  For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

                                  There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

                                  3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

                                  It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

                                  Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

                                  4. Use Your Phone Wisely

                                  Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

                                  If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

                                  5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

                                  If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

                                  In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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                                  One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

                                  6. Use a “To Don’t” List

                                  We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

                                  But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

                                  Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

                                  7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

                                  When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

                                  Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

                                  “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

                                  And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

                                  8. Be Concise

                                  Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

                                  One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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                                  Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

                                  • Making new contacts
                                  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
                                  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
                                  • Phone calls to new clients

                                  9. Ask the Right Questions

                                  “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

                                  How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

                                  When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

                                  Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

                                  Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

                                  10. Learn as Much as You Can

                                  You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

                                  Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

                                  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

                                  11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

                                  No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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                                  If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

                                  What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

                                  Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

                                  12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

                                  As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

                                  But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

                                  Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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