“Fear”, “anxiety” and “dread” are words we’ve heard some candidates use to describe how they feel about sitting their WAMITAB continuing competence test. If you’re experiencing it for the first time it can be especially daunting and nerve-racking.
So, we’ve put this guide together to dispel some of the myths that contribute to the stress that candidates can feel and to give you the key steps to test success.
Let’s take a look at the myths first.
Myth 1 - It is impossible for a first-time candidate to pass the test
At Elleteq, we’ve worked with many candidates over the years and in our experience, it is absolutely possible... in fact all our first-time candidates have had a 100% first time pass rate!
Myth 2 – There is hardly any time to do the test questions
It’s actually a relaxed atmosphere and you get as much time as you need in the initial tutorial on how the questions will appear and how to answer them. The test is available for all. WAMITAB will also consider applications for reasonable adjustments (e.g. a reader or extra time) on a case by case basis.
Myth 3 – The centre is full of noisy teenagers doing their driving theory tests
The centres are extremely efficient in managing candidates coming through the door. There is very little chance of noise as candidates are worked through in limited batches. The test room is a sanctuary of silence, you have your own allocated booth, and headphones are provided to block out any external noise.
Myth 4 – The questions won’t be based on the work I do at my site
The generic questions shouldn’t be curveballs, they are based on knowledge you should have whatever type of permit site you manage. The activity specific questions can sometimes be more challenging, say if your site is operating at a basic level e.g. you run a small scale outdoor aerobic compost site. You will be sitting the same test as those running a large scale in-vessel composting site with sophisticated odour abatement systems and managing Animal By-Products. But if you follow the revision tools out there, you will be able to answer those questions.
Now we’ve got the myths out of the way, we’ll focus on the steps to a successful test. We hope the following tips will help to make any anxiety you have subside.