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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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                                  11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

                                  11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

                                  Are you looking to move up the career ladder? Or maybe you’re tired of having a “job” and want to start looking for a more permanent career?

                                  Whatever your motivation, you are going to have to learn some new and different hard skills to broaden your opportunities. After all, there’s a very famous quote that says:

                                  “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

                                  While the insanity part doesn’t really fit here, the overall message is a good one. If you are looking for a different result (career advancement, more money or even a career instead of a job), it’s up to you to make it happen. This is both the good news and bad news!

                                  The good news is that because it’s up to you, you have complete control over it happening. The bad news is that change is hard. Humans are creatures of habit, that’s why we develop routines, and anything that disrupts that routine causes us anxiety. And we will do almost anything to get rid of that anxiety. The overweight person will calm their anxiety by eating that doughnut, the smoker will light up a cigarette to avoid anxiety.

                                  What we want to do with this article is to give you the hard skills you’ll need to reduce that anxiety so you can move up that corporate ladder, make more money or have career instead of just a “job.”

                                  The following hard skills are essential to learn if you want to advance your career. They may not be easy to take up, but definitely worth your effort of learning:

                                  1. Cloud Computing

                                  “Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more—over the Internet “the cloud” to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently, and scale as your business needs change.” Microsoft[1]

                                  There are many different jobs available in the cloud computing world today. They range from architects and developers to data scientists, security pros. Each job is its own specialty and requires a high level of specification for advancement.

                                  This is definitely a hard skill that requires education. But if the tech world and computers are your thing you can make cloud computing a lucrative career.

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                                  2. Data Mining and Statistical Analysis

                                  Again, these are highly specialized fields. Data mining is defined as using large sets of data to look for anomalies and other patterns that can be used to predict future behavior.

                                  Amazon is probably the best known company to use data mining. Have you ever noticed that when you buy something at Amazon, you’ll see a little ad at the bottom that says “customers who bought this also bought…”and it lists 2-3 other items? All of that information comes from data mining, by examining the millions of sales amazon makes they can predict that if you buy item #1 there is a high likelihood that you will buy one of the other items too. T

                                  his not only increases sales for Amazon, but it also serves as a reminder for you that you may need these additional items for your project. This is very valuable information and has a wide range of uses. Although it has a bad reputation and evil sounding name, it is a very useful tool for maximizing productivity and sales.

                                  3. Data Management

                                  All companies today deal with a ton of data! Being able to manage that data in an efficient manor is not only highly prized, but a necessity.

                                  We all have these things on our desks called computers. Unless there is a need for a paper copy, almost all of our data is computerized. Meaning that, in theory it is all at our fingertips. Being able to organize that data so that it’s easily and quickly retrievable is why computers are replacing filing cabinets!

                                  However, just like the old fashion filing cabinet, data management on a computer is only good if it’s well organized. You want to make sure that you are keeping your data well organized so that it’s easy to find when needed. This is a skill that comes easily to some people (are you a person that makes lists? Good!) but with others it will be a skill that needs to be practices. Make sure that this is a discipline you master.

                                  4. Scheduling

                                  Being able to make and keep to a schedule is a very useful tool in both business and life. Effective scheduling means that you can prioritize projects, understand the tools needed to get the job done on time and that you are organized enough to lead people.

                                  An important point here is to write things down! Whether it’s in an old fashion daily or weekly organizer or in a PDA. Have a copy of your schedule available at your fingertips at all times.

                                  5. Financial Skills

                                  These are especially important when looking for that promotion. The higher up the ladder you go, the more you’ll have to deal with things like accounting, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow management.

                                  While you may not need to be an expert at all of these, you should have a good grasp of all of them. This is where taking a few night classes at your local community college is a good idea. You don’t need to become an expert, but brushing up on these skills will help you tremendously.

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                                  6. Research Skills

                                  These are important in all aspects of life, but especially in your work-life.

                                  Are you looking for that first job out of school? Nothing impresses a boss or hiring manager more than someone who has researched the company. Trust me, they deal with people walking in off the street everyday looking for a job, but managers and owners need to see the value in hiring (or promoting) you.

                                  So do your research and have some company specific questions ready to ask. Show that you are interested in working for that company or that position and not just “a” job or the “promotion” because you have seniority or need the money.

                                  If it’s a promotion that you are after, never bad mouth the previous occupant. Instead pick out an example that he/she was good at and explain how you would like to use or expand that policy and how it would enhance the policy changes you’d like to make.

                                  If it’s a new job you’re going for, then make sure to have some company specific questions ready to show that you have done your homework for the new position.

                                  7. Marketing Skills

                                  While marketing a companies products or services has always been a highly sought after skill. In today’s world, it can take on several different forms.

                                  Some of the marketing skills that are highly sought after today include, SEO, Search Engine Optimization, SEM, Search Engine Marketing and marketing campaign management. Familiarity with Google Analytics as well as Word Press are also valuable.

                                  While traditional marketing and branding were focused on advertising and selling. Almost all marketing efforts now a days are focused on the internet.

                                  8. Network Security Specialist

                                  Again, this is a highly skilled position that requires specialized training. But the amount of data that all companies store is significant, and if that data is leaked or stolen, it can costs them millions of dollars in both lost revenue and lawsuits.

                                  So, if you have an interest in network security you will find the field both lucrative and stable.

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                                  9. Communication Skills

                                  At first glance, communication skills may not look like it fits into the category of “Hard Skills” that can help you succeed. But in this ever shrinking world where companies can do business from almost anywhere, communication is more and more important.

                                  Are you bilingual? It really doesn’t matter what language you speak, there’s a company out there looking for someone who speaks that language.

                                  10. Computer Programming

                                  I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that computers are going to be around for a while! As both the hardware and software get more advanced, the need for computer programming is only going to increase.

                                  11. Graphic Design

                                  As of 2018, there were 4.37 million new websites launched.[2] A good number of them will fail because they just aren’t interesting enough visually. The use of templates and replicated websites is only making the problem worse.

                                  Part of the way Google ranks sites is through originality, this almost ensures that replicated sites will never get ranked through Google. So the more original your site is, the more likely people will visit and actually spend time there.

                                  That is what a good graphic designer does. Takes your basic idea and turns it into a website that people actually want to visit.

                                  Embrace the Anxiety That Comes with Change

                                  You know it’s going to be there, you know that you’ll want to give up as you’re learning these new skills but, you’ll also know that the end result is worth the journey.

                                  Here’s a little trick when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

                                  Have you ever met an ex-smoker who was sorry they quit? An ex-drinker or drug user that said life was much better before they quit? These people have gone through some of the most difficult challenges humans can go through including weeks, if not, months of intense physical withdrawal symptoms. They did it because they knew that the pain and anxiety they would experience would ultimately get them to a much better life.

                                  Now what was that complaint you had about attending night-school?

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                                  This is the part everyone hates, everyone thinks night-school, adult education and just generally giving up family and/or spare time. While those are certainly possible ways to develop the necessary skills, they aren’t the only way.

                                  You’ll want to check with your human resources department because depending on the company, a certain degree maybe required in order to even be considered for a position. In those cases, night-school, on-line or some other form of adult education maybe your best route.

                                  But as long as a degree isn’t required, then your options are wide open.

                                  Let’s just say that you’re a sales person interested in becoming the sales manager but, the territory you’ve been given will never produce the sales figures that would make you stand out as a good candidate for sales manager. So how about you start your own side business (don’t compete with your company), but let’s say you enjoy golf.

                                  In this day and age, there are plenty of places that will teach you how to sell products on-line and even set you up with your own website. So you start a site selling golf equipment and accessories (don’t worry, you won’t even have to carry inventory or worry about shipping).

                                  Now, when that sales manager spot opens up, you can explain that even though other salespeople had better numbers than you, it had nothing to do with your sales ability, it was more of a consequence of the territory your were given.

                                  And to prove it, you brought in some information about a side business, you started showing that you’re on target for a sales growth rate of 30% this year. And because you had to do all of the marketing for the business, you came up with some marketing strategies that you can bring to the new job (built-in experience).

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  We’ve put together these 11 hard skills as a way to give yourself a “leg up” on the competition. We’ve tried to make this a mixture of both skills that require a great deal of training, and also ones that you can work on and develop by yourself.

                                  We know that not everyone is cut out to be a cloud computing expert, but we also know that working on and having good scheduling skills will make you a much more desirable candidate for the position!

                                  We also don’t want you to discount the idea of a “side hustle“. Especially for people new to the workforce, having a business that you have started and run successfully shows potential employers that you have initiative, scheduling skills and ambition which can put you well ahead of your competition!

                                  As usual, we hope you found this article both enjoyable and informative. If you did, may we ask that you share it with your family and friends through social media. It really does help us and is greatly appreciated!

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                                  Reference

                                  [1] Microsoft Azure: Cloud Computing
                                  [2] Netcraft: December 2018 Web Server Survey

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