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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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                                  How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                                  How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                                  Have you ever felt lost in the minutia of your job?

                                  As a business owner, I can relate to getting bogged down in the day to day operations of my business. Things like inventory, payroll, scheduling, purchasing and employee management take up the bulk of my day.

                                  While these things are important and need to get done, focusing too much on the details can make you lose sight of the big picture. This is why having a good mission statement comes in handy.

                                  What is a Mission Statement?

                                  Put simply, a mission statement is an internal document that provides a clear purpose for the organization. It provides a common reference point for everyone in the organization to start from.

                                  In other words, after reading your company’s mission statement, managers and employees should be able to answer the question “What are company’s main objectives?” For example, Southwest Airlines mission statement reads:[1]

                                  “Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit. We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.”

                                  In this single statement, Southwest conveys the company’s goals of providing the highest level of customer service as well as providing a good working environment for their employees.

                                  Mission Statement VS. Vision Statement

                                  While the mission and vision statements are related, there are subtle but distinct differences the you should be aware of.

                                  First of all, a mission statement is designed primarily as an internal company document. It provides clarity and direction for managers and employees.

                                  While there’s nothing wrong with sharing your company’s mission statement with the outside world, its intended audience is within the company.

                                  While a mission statement provides a general framework for the organization, the vision statement is usually a more inspirational statement designed to motivate employees and inspire customers. Going back to Southwest Airlines, their vision statement reads:[2]

                                  “To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.”

                                  This statement inspires good feeling from the customer while motivating the employees to achieve that vision.

                                  What Does a Good Mission Statement Look Like?

                                  When coming up with a mission statement, it’s important to take your time and do it right. Too often, people (especially entrepreneurs) just write down the first thing that comes to mind and they end up with worthless or (worse yet) a generic mission statement that is utterly useless.

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                                  Remember, a mission statement should provide a common framework for everyone in your organization.

                                  When writing a mission statement, you should always try to incorporate the following;

                                  • What we do?
                                  • How we do it?
                                  • Whom do we do it for?
                                  • What value are we bringing?

                                  Now, you can see how tempting it is to just come up with something generic that ticks off those four boxes. Something like “We provide the best widgets available online for the consumer.”

                                  After all, that did check off all the boxes:

                                  What we do? Provide widgets.

                                  How we do it? Online.

                                  Who do we do it for? The consumer.

                                  What value we bring? The best widgets.

                                  The problem with this mission statement is that it could apply to any number of companies producing the same widget. There is nothing to distinguish your company or its widgets from any of your competitors widgets.

                                  Compare that mission statement to this one:

                                  “We provide the highest quality widgets directly to the consumer at an affordable price backed up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If our clients aren’t 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right.”

                                  What’s the difference?

                                  Both mission statements answer all the same questions of what, how, whom and value. But in the second statement, they are differentiating their company from all other competitors by answering the question “what makes us unique”.

                                  Another way to read that is, “Why you should buy from us.” In this example, it’s because our widgets are of the highest quality and we stand behind them 100%.

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                                  You might have noticed the statement didn’t say that we sell widgets at the lowest possible price. That’s because we are emphasizing quality and satisfaction over price.

                                  A different company’s mission statement may emphasize selling widgets at the lowest possible price with little to no mention of a guarantee.

                                  Hallmarks of a Good Mission Statement

                                  1. Keep It Brief

                                  Your mission statement should be no longer than three sentences. This is not your company’s magnum opus.

                                  You should be able to distill the what, how, who and why questions into a succinct message.

                                  2. Have a Purpose

                                  A company’s missions statement should include the reason it even exists.

                                  Make clear exactly what the company does with statements like “We strive to provide our customers with …….”

                                  3. Include a “How”

                                  Take this as an opportunity to differentiate your company from its competitors.

                                  How do you provide a product or service that’s different or better than how your competitor provides it?

                                  4. Talk About the Value You Bring to the Table

                                  This is where you can really set yourself apart from the competition. This is the “why” customers should buy from you.

                                  Do you offer the lowest prices? Fastest delivery? Exceptional customer service? Whatever it is that sets you apart and gives your particular products, services or company an advantage talk about it in the mission statement.

                                  5. Make Sure It’s Plausible

                                  It’s okay to shoot for the stars just to settle for the moon, but not in a mission statement.

                                  Being overly ambitious will only set you and your employees up for failure, hurt morale and make you lose credibility. You will also scare away potential investors if they think that you are not being realistic in your mission statement.

                                  6. Make It Unique and Distinctive

                                  Imagine if someone who knew nothing about your business walked in and saw how it was operating, then they read your mission statement. Would they be able to recognize that mission statement was attached to that business? If not re-work it.

                                  7. Think Long Term

                                  A mission statement should be narrow enough so that it provides a common framework for the existing business, but open enough to allow for longer term goals. It should be able to grow as the business grows.

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                                  8. Get Feedback

                                  This is very important, especially from managers and employees.

                                  Getting their input can clarify how they currently see the company and their role within the organization. It’s also a good way to get people “on-board,” as studies show that people are more likely to go along with an idea if they feel included in the decision making process beforehand.

                                  9. Review Often and Revise as Necessary

                                  You should review the missions statement often for two reasons.

                                  First, as a reminder of what the essence of the company is. It’s easy to forget when you are in the day to day grind of the business.

                                  And two, to make sure that the mission statement is still relevant. Things change, and not everything can be anticipated at the time a mission statement was written.

                                  For example, if a mission statement was written before the advent of the internet, a company that use to sell things door to door now probably has a website that people order from. You should always update the mission statement to reflect these changes.

                                  The Value of Mission Statements: Why Go Through All of These in the First Place?

                                  It may seem like a lot of work just for a few sentences that describe a company, but the value of a well written mission statement should not be discounted.

                                  First of all, if you are an entrepreneur, crystallizing the what, how, whom and value questions will keep you focused on the core business and its values.

                                  If you are a manager or other employee, knowing the company’s basic tenants will help inform your interactions with both customers and colleagues alike.

                                  Strategic Planning

                                  A relevant mission statement acts as a framework for strategic planning. It provides guidance and parameters for making strategic decisions for the future of the company.

                                  Measuring Performance

                                  By having the company’s mission in a concrete form, it also allows for an objective measurement of how well the organization is meeting its stated goals at any one time.

                                  Management can identify strengths and weaknesses in the organization based on the criteria set forth in the mission statement and make decisions accordingly.

                                  Solidifying the Company’s Goals and Values for Employees

                                  Part of a well run organization is nurturing happy and productive employees.

                                  As humans, we all have an innate need for both purpose and to be part of something larger than ourselves. Providing employees with a clearly defined mission statement helps to define their role in the larger organization. Thus, fulfilling both of these needs.

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                                  Now I’m not saying that a mission statement can overcome low pay and poor working conditions, but with everything else being equal, it can contribute to a happier and more productive workforce.

                                  To Hold Management Accountable

                                  By creating a mission statement, a company is publicly stating its highest values and goals for the world to see. By doing so, you are inviting both the public and your employees to to scrutinize how well the company lives up to its ideals.

                                  So if you state that you only provide the highest quality products, and then offer something less, it’s fair for both the public and the employees to question, and even call for a change in management.

                                  If management doesn’t take the mission statement seriously, no one else will either; and the legitimate authority that management rely’s on will be diminished.

                                  To Serve as an Example

                                  This is the opposite side of the coin from the previous statement. If the highest levels of management are seen taking the mission statement seriously and actively managing within the framework of the statement, that attitude filters down throughout the organization.

                                  After all, a good employee knows what’s important to their boss and will take the steps necessary to curry favor with them.

                                  Finally, use the company’s mission statement as a way to define roles within the company. You can do this by giving each division in the company a copy of the mission statement and challenge the head of each division to create a mission statement for their respective departments.

                                  Their individual mission statements should focus on how each department fits in and ultimately contributes to the success of the company’s overall mission statement. This serves as both a clarifying and a team building exercise for all parts of the organization.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Developing a mission statement is too often just an after-thought, especially for entrepreneurs. We tend to prioritize things that we perceive will give us the biggest “bang for our buck.”

                                  Somehow, taking the time and effort to sit down and think seriously about the what, whom, how and value of our business seems like a waste of time. After all, we got in the business to make money and become successful, isn’t that all we need to know?

                                  That mindset will probably get you started okay, but if you find yourself having any success at all, you’ll find that there really is such a thing as growing pains.

                                  By putting in the time and effort to create a mission statement, you are laying the groundwork that will give you a path to follow in your growth. And isn’t building long term success what we are really after?

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                                  Reference

                                  [1] Southwest Airlines: About Page
                                  [2] Fit Small Business: 10 Vision Statement Examples To Spark Your Imagination

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