Study Guide For Certification Exams

Taking Certification Exams

Each CAFM/CAFS certification exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, to be taken in a one-hour timeframe. 

Multiple-choice exams are a very specific type of exam that requires knowledge and preparation.  

The multiple-choice questions you will find on the CAFM/CAFS exams are NOT designed to test your ability to take an exam.

The questions are of two types – fact recall and application of knowledge.

Fact recall questions are the most straightforward. 

They simply test your ability to recall a fact covered in the Study Guide. 

Applications of knowledge questions, however, take a principle from the Study Guide and require you to apply it in order to answer the question.  They may take the form of a computation or a comparison.

On the CAFM/CAFS exams you will not find  'all of the above’ or ‘none of the above’ as choices. 

For every question there is one correct answer.

Time is rarely a factor in answering all questions. 

Ample time is allocated for candidates to carefully consider, answer and review all questions.

Here are some general guidelines that will help you correctly answer multiple-choice items.
  • Note important words in the question. This will help you focus on the information most needed to identify the correct answer choice.
  • Read all the answer choices before selecting one. It is just as likely for the last answer choice to be correct as the first.
  • Eliminate answer choices you are certain are not correct. This will help you narrow down the correct answer choice.
  • Look for answer choices that contain language used by the reference. An answer choice that contains such language is usually correct.
  • Do not change your initial answer unless you are sure another answer choice is correct. More often than not, your first choice is correct. 
  • Knowing how multiple-choice items are constructed and using these guidelines will help you improve your score on a multiple-choice exam.

When you are ready to take an exam, go to Preparing to Take Certification Exams.

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