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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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                                  5 Types of Leadership Styles (And Which Is Best for You)

                                  5 Types of Leadership Styles (And Which Is Best for You)

                                  It takes great leadership skills to build great teams.

                                  The best leaders have distinctive leadership styles and are not afraid to make the difficult decisions. They course-correct when mistakes happen, manage the egos of team members and set performance standards that are constantly being met and improved upon.

                                  With a population of more than 327 million, there are literally scores of leadership styles in the world today. In this article, I will talk about the most common types of leadership and how you can determine which works best for you.

                                  5 Types of Leadership Styles

                                  I will focus on 5 common styles that I’ve encountered in my career: democratic, autocratic, transformational, transactional and laissez-faire leadership.

                                  The Democratic Style

                                  The democratic style seeks collaboration and consensus. Team members are a part of decision-making processes and communication flows up, down and across the organizational chart.

                                  The democratic style is collaborative. Author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek is an example of a leader who appears to have a democratic leadership style.

                                    The Autocratic Style

                                    The autocratic style, on the other hand, centers the preferences, comfort and direction of the organization’s leader. In many instances, the leader makes decisions without soliciting agreement or input from their team.

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                                    The autocratic style is not appropriate in all situations at all times, but it can be especially useful in certain careers, such as military service, and in certain instances, such as times of crisis. Steve Jobs was said to have had an autocratic leadership style.

                                    While the democratic style seeks consensus, the autocratic style is less interested in consensus and more interested in adherence to orders. The latter advises what needs to be done and expects close adherence to orders.

                                      The Transformational Style

                                      Transformational leaders drive change. They are either brought into organizations to turn things around, restore profitability or improve the culture.

                                      Alternatively, transformational leaders may have a vision for what customers, stakeholders or constituents may need in the future and work to achieve those goals. They are change agents who are focused on the future.

                                      Examples of transformational leader are Oprah and Robert C. Smith, the billionaire hedge fund manager who has offered to pay off the student loan debt of the entire 2019 graduating class of Morehouse College.

                                        The Transactional Style

                                        Transactional leaders further the immediate agenda. They are concerned about accomplishing a task and doing what they’ve said they’d do. They are less interested in changing the status quo and more focused on ensuring that people do the specific task they have been hired to do.

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                                        The transactional leadership style is centered on short-term planning. This style can stifle creativity and keep employees stuck in their present roles.

                                        The Laissez-Faire Style

                                        The fifth common leadership style is laissez-faire, where team members are invited to help lead the organization.

                                        In companies with a laissez-faire leadership style, the management structure tends to be flat, meaning it lacks hierarchy. With laissez-faire leadership, team members might wonder who the final decision maker is or can complain about a lack of leadership, which can translate to lack of direction.

                                        Which Leadership Style do You Practice?

                                        You can learn a lot about your leadership style by observing your family of origin and your formative working experiences.

                                        Whether you realize it, from the time you were born up until the time you went to school, you were receiving information on how to lead yourself and others. From the way your parents and siblings interacted with one another, to unspoken and spoken communication norms, you were a sponge for learning what constitutes leadership.

                                        The same is true of our formative work experiences. When I started my communications career, I worked for a faith-based organization and then a labor union. The style of communication varied from one organization to the other. The leadership required to be successful in each organization was also miles apart. At Lutheran social services, we used language such as “supporting people in need.” At the labor union, we used language such as “supporting the leadership of workers” as they fought for what they needed.

                                        Many in the media were more than happy to accept my pitch calls when I worked for the faith-based organization, but the same was not true when I worked for a labor union. The quest for media attention that was fair and balanced became more difficult and my approach and style changed from being light-hearted to being more direct with the labor union.

                                        I didn’t realize the impact those experiences had on how I thought about my leadership until much later in my career.

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                                        In my early experience, it was not uncommon for team members to have direct, brash and tough conversations with one another as a matter of course. It was the norm, not the exception. I learned to challenge people, boldly state my desires and preferences, and give tough feedback, but I didn’t account for the actions of others fit for me, as a black woman. I didn’t account for gender biases and racial biases.

                                        What worked well for my white male bosses, did not work well for me as an African American woman. People experienced my directness as being rude and insensitive. While I needed to be more forceful in advancing the organization’s agenda when I worked for labor, that style did not bode well for faith-based social justice organizations who wanted to use the love of Christ to challenge injustice.

                                        Whereas I received feedback that I needed to develop more gravitas in the workplace when I worked for labor, when I worked for other organizations after the labor union, I was often told to dial it back. This taught me two important lessons about leadership:

                                        1. Context Matters

                                        Your leadership style must adjust to each workplace you are employed. The challenges and norms of an organization will shape your leadership style significantly.

                                        2. Not All Leadership Styles Are Appropriate for the Teams You’re Leading

                                        When I worked on political campaigns, we worked nonstop. We started at dawn and worked late into the evening. I couldn’t expect that level of round-the-clock work for people at the average nonprofit. Not only couldn’t I expect it, it was actually unhealthy. My habit of consistently waking up at 4 am to work was profoundly unhealthy for me and harmful for the teams I was leading.

                                        As life coach and spiritual healer Iyanla Vanzant has said,

                                        “We learn a lot from what is seen, sensed and shared.”

                                        The message I was sending to my team was ‘I will value you if you work the way that I work, and if you respond to my 4 am, 5 am and 6 am emails.’ I was essentially telling my employees that I expect you to follow my process and practice.

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                                        As I advanced in my career and began managing more people, I questioned everything I thought I knew about leadership. It was tough. What worked for me in one professional setting did not work in other settings. What worked at one phase of my life didn’t necessarily serve me at later stages.

                                        When I began managing millennials, I learned that while committed to the work, they had active interests and passions outside of the office. They were not willing to abandon their lives and happiness for the work, regardless of how fulfilling it might have been.

                                        The Way Forward

                                        To be an effective leader, you must know yourself incredibly well. You must be self-reflective and also receptive to feedback.

                                        As fellow Lifehack contributor Mike Bundrant wrote in the article 10 Essential Leadership Qualities That Make a Great Leader:

                                        “Those who lead must understand human nature, and they start by fully understanding themselves…They know their strengths, and are equally aware of their weaknesses and thus understand the need for team work and the sharing of responsibility.”

                                        The way to determine your leadership style is to get to know yourself and to be mindful of the feedback you receive from others. Think about the leadership lessons that were seen, sensed and shared in your family of origin. Then think about what feels right for you. Where do you gravitate and what do you tend to avoid in the context of leadership styles?

                                        If you are really stuck, think about using a personality assessment to shed light on your work patterns and preferences.

                                        Finally, the path for determining your leadership style is to think about not only what you need, or what your company values, but also what your team needs. They will give you cues on what works for them and you need to respond accordingly.

                                        Leadership requires flexibility and attentiveness. Contrary to unrealistic notions of leadership, being a leader is less about being served and more about being of service.

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