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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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                                  Feeling Stuck in Your Career? How to Break Free and Get Ahead

                                  Feeling Stuck in Your Career? How to Break Free and Get Ahead

                                  Have you ever caught yourself in a daydream where you’ve gone for that upcoming promotion, and you’re now the boss at work? Or how about the one where you’ve summoned up all your courage to quit a job where you’re feeling stuck in your career and live your dream instead? Or when you’ve changed career paths to do what really makes you happy?

                                  Then, you snapped back to reality and realized that you’re not the boss, not living your dream, and not even happy in the career path that you’re on.

                                  Over the years I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals who’ve told me they feel stuck in their careers, that something had to change for them to break free and be happy, but they lacked the confidence to take that step. My mission is to make sure that nobody feels stuck in their career because of a momentary lapse in bravery that’s dragged on for too long.

                                  Read on to find out how you can stop feeling stuck in your career, break free, and get ahead at work. .

                                  Here are my top ten tips for becoming unstuck in your career.

                                  1. Make Time for You

                                  If you’re feeling stuck, frustrated, or unhappy with how your career is panning out, the first step is to work out why.

                                  Maybe you’ve arrived in your current career by accident and haven’t ever made time to deliberately think or plan what you’d love to do and how you’d get there.

                                  Prioritizing time to think is the first step you need to take to stop feeling stuck and start getting ahead. Book some time into your day where you can have an uninterrupted meeting with yourself. This is your thinking time.

                                  Work out what makes you happy at work, what doesn’t, and where you might want to go. Decide on the steps you want to take to progress your career in the direction that you want it to take.

                                  For example, are there training days, evening courses, or online learning that you can do? Have you considered getting a mentor to help you get ahead?

                                  By booking in a meeting with yourself, it signals it’s important (to you and your colleagues) and also stops others spotting a gap in your day and filling it with a meeting.

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                                  2. Grow Your Network Before You Need It

                                  Who you know is more important than what you know for career progression. Don’t wait until you’re feeling stuck in your career to start expanding your networks. Do it now.

                                  Adam Grant, the author of Give and Take, says you’re 58% more likely to get a new job through your weak ties than through your strong ones. Your strong ties are those in your immediate circle whom you interact with often. Your weak ties are your friends of friends. They move in different circles to you, they know different people, make different connections, and are more likely to introduce you to new and different opportunities[1].

                                  When I was thinking about setting up my current company, Lucidity, I turned up to every networking event. I drank a lot of coffees with a lot of different people to understand what they did, to ask for advice, to unpick what their problems were, and to look for opportunities for collaboration and connections.

                                  It paid off because, when I launched my business, I let my network know how I could help them, and soon I had my first clients.

                                  Pay attention to building and nurturing your networks and focus on how you can add value to other. That’s where your next career opportunity is most likely to come from.

                                  3. Surround Yourself With People Who Inspire You

                                  According to Tim Ferriss, “You are the average of the five people you most associate with,” and his associations with different people ebbs and flows depending on what he’s working on and trying to achieve[2].

                                  For example, if you are trying to be fitter, it’s easier if you hang around with people who love doing exercise–they help you to up your game.

                                  If you want that promotion, a career change, or to set up your own business, seek out people who are excelling at it already. They’ll have valuable things to teach you about breaking free and getting ahead.

                                  4. Work on Your Personal Brand

                                  Jeff Bezos defines a personal brand as “what people say about you when you’re not in the room.” People will talk about you when you are not in the room anyway, so you might as well be deliberate about what you’d like people to say!

                                  Your personal brand isn’t about pretending to be something you’re not. That can actually keep you feeling stuck in your career. It’s really about being your best “real you.” It’s about owning your strengths and being purposeful about how you want to be perceived by others.

                                  What do you want to be known for? By being more deliberate about how you want to come across and what you’re looking for in your career, you’ll increase your chance of attracting the right opportunities.

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                                  Once you’ve given your personal brand some thought, make sure that you show up online. Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? And if you don’t have one, get one. Make sure it communicates what you want to be known for and that it’s consistent with your other social media profiles.

                                  Try these 5 Steps to Master Networking Skills and Perfect Your Personal Branding.

                                  5. Be Accountable

                                  Achieve your career goals faster, and grow and learn by making yourself accountable. Tell other people your goals and a timeline. and have them to hold you accountable.

                                  For example, you might want to get a promotion by the end of the year, have decided the sector you want to move to by the end of the month, or have got your new business idea before the next pay day. Whatever your ambitions are, you can tell a friend or a colleague, or share this with a mentor or a mastermind group.

                                  When we tell other people our goals and intentions, they hold us accountable, and we are more likely to make progress faster.

                                  6. Make Sure Your Values Are Aligned With Your Company’s

                                  All the professional development, goal setting, and networks in the world won’t make you happy if you’re working for a company that ultimately has opposing values to yours.

                                  Figure out what’s important to you in a job. For example, does your company’s product help people live a better life? Do you feel strongly about your company’s ethics and social responsibility? Does the company culture allows employees to be themselves and shine? Or maybe flexible working and more holidays for employees with families is where your heart is?

                                  Some companies put their employees well-being at the core of their business; others put profits first. If you feel that your values don’t match the core values of your employer, it could be a reason why you’re feeling stuck in your career and unhappy.

                                  It’s important to work through this and identify whether it’s the job that is not right for you, or if it’s a great job but the organization or sector is wrong for you.

                                  7. Get out of Your Comfort Zone

                                  Your comfort zone is your safe place. For any change to happen, you have to step out of your comfort zone.

                                  It’s actually much easier not to change anything and to keep grumbling on about how you’re stuck and unhappy in your career than to step outside of your comfort zone to address the fearful unknowns associated with change. It’s part of human nature that we’d put up with the devil we know rather than risk the devil we don’t.

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                                  This is true even if the devil we know is a boring, unfulfilling job because we’re wired to think that making a change to find a better option might actually leave us worse off.

                                  If you feel stuck, it might be that your confidence has got the better of you.

                                  To get ahead at work, start taking small steps outside of your comfort zone. Consider what you’re scared of that is stopping you from making a change. Then, tackle that in small steps.

                                  For example, if you know that to move into the job you want, you’ll have to do more public speaking, but public speaking terrifies you so much it’s stopping you from going for the job, then start small to build your confidence. You can speak up more in team meetings, then slowly build from there.

                                  You might also choose to set up or be part of a specific group. One of my clients, who found that confidence was holding her team back in achieving work goals, set up a “get out of your comfort zone club,” where they challenge and support each other to build their confidence by regularly leaving their comfort zones.

                                  8. Learn to Embrace Failure

                                  Failure is part of life. A New York University study found that children learning to walk averaged 2,368 steps and fell 17 times an hour[3]. Failure is simply the natural path to success.

                                  The truth is that we don’t get everything right the first time. We fail, we learn, we pick ourselves up, and we try again.

                                  In my experience, it’s common that whilst the theory of learning from failure is supported, the reality of being open about failures to enable personal learning is much harder to achieve.

                                  We don’t like to admit that we’ve failed. We have a fight or flight response to failure. It’s a normal gut reaction to ask ourselves: “Will I get away with it if I don’t tell anyone?” We are fearful of criticism, of losing face in front of others, or even being fired for failure.

                                  However, if you’re going to stop feeling stuck in your career, you must be open to learning from failure.

                                  Reframe failure by viewing everything as an experiment because you can’t have a failed experiment—you just learn whether something works or not. Think of Edison inventing the lightbulb, when he said:

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                                  “I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

                                  9. Build Your Resilience

                                  Resilience is the ability to tackle difficulties and setbacks, to bounce back, regroup, and to keep going.

                                  Getting unstuck in your career, taking a different path, and achieving the results you want will take resilience. Having resilience is also the capacity to choose how you respond to the unexpected things that life throws your way and adapt and thrive in times of complex change.

                                  Given that the world we live in is in constant flux, and the only thing that is certain is uncertainty, the ability to adapt and bounce back is an important life skill, as well as a career skill.

                                  In her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth’s research shows that when measuring success, the ability to persevere beats talent every time.

                                  Learn more about how to build resilience in this guide: What Is Resilience and How to Always Be Resilient (Step-By-Step Guide)

                                  10. Ask for Help

                                  It can be hard to ask for help, as it can make us feel vulnerable.

                                  No one person can be expected to have all the answers. That’s why we need a group of people that we can go to for help, people who can pick us up when we have setbacks and also help us to celebrate success.

                                  My advice is to be deliberate about creating your group. You can do that with a tool called a “Me Map”:

                                  1. Write down all the things that you might need support with, like help with career progression, interview practice, making new connections, talking through business plans, learning from failure, etc.
                                  2. Next to each thing, write the names of the people you go to when you need that particular thing.
                                  3. Make sure you get in touch and regularly connect with them.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  You can stop feeling stuck in your career, break free, and get ahead at work by applying the tips in this article. Start small by incorporating three new things in your first week, and then adding more as your comfort zone and capacity expands.

                                  Remember, no matter how stuck you feel, it’s never too late to make a change and land the career that you truly want.

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