As the next year in DECA begins, so begins the studying and preparation for competition. If you wish to do well in competition, so you can make it to Atlanta in May, then you will have to take a test or two. DECA tests can often seem daunting. Because they are 100 questions, you may have never seen the content before. Despite the odds, by practicing and doing a little bit of preparation, you can easily boast the best test score.
The first thing you can do is practice your test taking skills. This includes things like answering the questions you know first and coming back to the harder ones at the end. Another good tip is to eliminate choices within a question that you know aren’t right. That way, if you do have to guess, your odds of picking the correct answer will be greater.
Secondly, it never hurts to take a practice test. You can purchase all types of test material at DECA images (http://decaimages.stores.yahoo.net/) and use that to better your abilities. Questions from the test are sometimes reworded and put back into different tests, so gaining a certain comfort level with the questions and tests can really help. After you take a practice test, correct it and review the questions you missed. Next, find out why you missed those question and learn the information so you don’t miss them again. The correct answers with some explanation are at the back of the practice exam.
Last but not least, study your business knowledge. Take a marketing class or purchase a basic marketing textbook and learn the content. Arjun Kandaswamy, a past Oregon DECA competitor who placed in the top 3 at ICDC last year, said this about the testing part of competition: “There's no substitute for knowledge. You can take all the practice tests you want, but if you don't take the time to actually learn the material, you can't expect to succeed.”
We hope you can take these tips and use them to better your abilities in the test taking portion of competition. Best of luck to all of you, and we hope to see many of you do well in competition this year at not only SCDC but at ICDC as well!
-Austin Damron, State President
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