CEBS Exam Strategies

Tips for Before, During and After your CEBS Exam

Important Notice Regarding Identification
Before you take your exam, you must show the exam center personnel two forms of ID bearing your name and signature; one of these must include a recent photo. Your name as it appears on the identification you present must match exactly the name the exam center has on the eligibility file sent by CEBS. In some cases, candidates with a discrepancy in their identification were not allowed to take their exam as scheduled until a correction could be made. Please check your name as it appears on your CEBS exam confirmation letter and if changes need to be made, contact the CEBS office immediately.

Eyewear and Jewelry Policy for U.S. Prometric Sites
Effective October 15, 2016, Prometric Test Center Administrators (TCAs) will conduct stricter inspections of any and all eyeglasses, jewelry and other accessories to inspect for camera devices that could be used to capture exam content. Jewelry outside of wedding and engagement rings is prohibited, and hair accessories are subject to inspection.

Calculator Policy
All Prometric exam centers are equipped with a supply of nonprogrammable, simple, handheld calculators which will be distributed by the test center administrator at the start of an exam and collected at the end of testing. You will not be allowed to take your own personal calculator into an exam center.

Interest rate tables are online with for those taking examinations for RPA 3--Asset Management and RPA 4--Personal Wealth Management. The calculator and interest rate tables will permit you to perform all computations and calculations required for completion of the CEBS exams. The handheld calculator is a simple, mathematical calculator with basic arithmetic functions. It does not perform financial calculations; therefore, it is important for you to know how to compute future and present value computations using the interest rate tables.

What Can I Do Before the Exam?
The best way to get ready for a test is to study from the beginning of the course. It's smart to prepare a little bit each day. Preparing for a test gradually lets you absorb the material, make connections between concepts and draw conclusions. Studying every night will save you the agony of having to cram on the night before the exam.

Create your own study aids.
Aids such as flash cards, checklists, chapter outlines and summaries will help you organize and remember the material better. You might think that it takes a lot of time to make these aids, but they will help you condense the test material into a manageable size.

Don't be too hard on yourself.
It has been demonstrated that when you carry extra emotional baggage--"I've got to ace this exam or . . ."--performance suffers. There is no more effective manner to overdose yourself on anxiety than to lose perspective on the big picture. Focus on the task at hand, devoid of extraneous pressures, and strive to do the best you can at that point in time.

Arrive early on the test day.
Rushing to a test or arriving late can destroy your concentration.

In addition to studying for the test, you should also be prepared when you come to the test center. Here are some general pointers that you can follow.

Be confident.
Decide to do your best. If you're like three out of four people who take the exam, you can feel confident that you will never have to take it again

Concentrate on the exam.
Don't worry about your ability, the behavior of other people, the number of questions or even short memory lapses.

If you are too nervous to think or read carefully, try to slow down physically.

Read all directions carefully before starting the exam.
One of the most important test-taking skills is the ability to follow directions. Some students are so anxious to get the exam over with that they skip the directions; this is often a costly mistake.

Pace yourself during the exam.
Be sure to allow enough time to answer all parts of the exam, not just the most difficult parts or the parts you know best. Remember that you have two hours to complete your exam. At the end of the first half-hour, you should be around question 25. If you find yourself still struggling with question 5 or you have already skated through question 40, you will need to rethink your situation.

Don't assume that you'll know the answer --or should know the answer--to every question on the exam.
You had a lot of material to cover so some questions may be specialized beyond what you have retained.

Use the exam as a source of information.
Often, another question will help you answer the one you find troublesome.

Do not change answers - unless you are certain that you made a mistake. If you are not absolutely sure the answer you want to change is incorrect, go with your first impression.

Mark the question for review .
Work through the exam quickly and carefully. Don't get bogged down on a question that you can't answer or are unsure about. Mark the question for review and return to it later.

Check your answers, if you have extra time. Do not frustrate yourself, however, by concentrating on questions that you simply don't know how to answer.

Use the full exam period .
Think back to how much time you spent preparing for the exam. Don't be in a hurry to be the first one out the door. Take the full two hours.

After the exam, review your performance. If you take a few notes on your test-taking skills, you'll be able to perform better on future CEBS examinations. Ask yourself:

  • Did I use my time well?
  • What was asked that I didn't expect?
  • What part of the exam was most difficult? Why?
  • Did exam questions come mostly from the Learning Guides or textbook?
  • What should I do differently in preparing for the next exam?

Make a commitment to continue your CEBS studies until you earn the designation
We know it is not easy to complete a rigorous program like CEBS. So challenge yourself to take an exam each quarter or at least twice a year.

By pursuing the CEBS designation, you're making a decision that will have a positive impact on your career. The sacrifices you make now will pay you back many times over in the future!

For further information on taking exams, see How To Get Started - U.S.> Exams.​