If you've got the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) exam coming up, you're likely nervous about your chances, no matter how many times people have told you not to worry. You can go online and see forum posts about how easy the exam is, but because those questions are still unknown to you, it doesn't seem like such an easy test now. Studying and reviewing for the exam are the best ways to calm yourself down and convince yourself that you're going to do fine. So, now that you've decided to concentrate on preparation, you have to figure out how you'll do that. You have a few well-tested paths, no pun intended.
Home Training Courses
As with most standardized tests and certification exams, you can purchase RBT exam preparation training courses to work on at home. These don't cost that much, although, if you're in school, they might seem pricey. Then again, if you've survived the twice-a-year obstacle course known as purchasing semester textbooks, the courses may seem very inexpensive. Either way, a one-time purchase gets you comprehensive study guides and practice tests.
Social Media Groups
Social media is your friend here. Look for groups and pages that concentrate on studying for the exam. These are not groups meant for cheating; you're not going to get exam answers here. What you will find are people who can help test you and each other on terminology and other facets that are supposed to be on the test. Don't limit yourself to just "group-oriented" social media like Facebook; look on Twitter and on Internet forums for additional groups and threads that provide advice regarding preparation for the test.
And of course, there is studying on your own using homemade flashcards and word lists. How you approach this is up to you, but finding internet quizzes and creating flashcards are recommended. Be sure to make those small flashcards that sit on a key chain; those are so easy to carry around that you'll be able to study whenever you have a few moments, no matter where you are.
Whichever path you choose, start now. Get to the point where you are so familiar with terminology and other aspects of the field that you're positively bored with how easy the questions are in those social media groups and training courses. Of course you don't want to get overconfident and make silly mistakes on the test, but the more time you have to study, the easier it will be to make those facts part of your long-term memory.
After I graduated from high school, I went straight to college, even though I was very unsure of what career field I wanted to enter. I completed my four years and earned a degree that helped me secure a job relatively quickly. However, I soon learned that the career I chose was unfulfilling for me, but the thought of going back to learn something new just seemed too overwhelming. I wanted to enter the field of healthcare, and one day I got a flyer in the mail from a local nursing school that offered certificate programs that only took a year to complete. I felt like it was "fate," and I was soon enrolled in evening classes. I really like helping others, so I want to help others make good educational decisions. I plan to post tips for people of all ages on my new education blog!