No matter how much time you spend studying for your ISEB or ISTQB software testing certification exam, it will all be for naught if you are not mentally-prepared the day of the actual exam. Whether you are pursuing your ISEB Foundation / ISTQB Foundation (CTFL), ISEB Intermediate, ISEB Practitioner, or ISTQB Advanced certification, it is important to be in good mental and physical condition for the exam. A small amount of stress can get you psyched, but too much mental or physical strain can be detrimental to your performance. The last thing you want to do is to sabotage your efforts by ignoring your well-being.
One of the most obvious things you can do to optimize your mental state-of-mind for the exam is to get a good night’s sleep. Taking an ISEB or ISTQB software testing certification exam is somewhat tedious, as is any exam, and as such it helps to be as awake and alert as possible. Another somewhat obvious one is to eat a healthy breakfast, and give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the exam center. It is also a good idea to review the material one last time on the day of your exam so everything will be fresh in your mind.
Finally, as you take your exam, remember that the multiple choice questions can be somewhat confusing due to the similarity in most of the answer choices. Use the process of elimination to select the best possible answer, and always read all possible answer choices before deciding on the best one. For particularly-confusing questions, make sure you read them at least twice to make sure you fully comprehend them. However, do not spend an inordinate amount of time on any single question as the exams do have time limits.
The bottom line is that ISEB and ISTQB software testing certification exams are not difficult if you make sure you are ready to go. Whether you aim to take your ISEB Foundation / ISTQB Foundation (CTFL), ISEB Intermediate, ISEB Practitioner, or ISTQB Advanced exam, there are 3 key things you must do to ensure your readiness: study thoroughly prior to the exam, take practice exams, and take care of yourself the day of the exam. If you do these things, you will pass your exam and be certified in no time!