UABAccreditation in Public Relations<br />Online Study Course<br />Examination Tips and Study Strategies<br />Slides from ...
Welcome!<br />APR<br />Study<br />Strategies<br />Michael Henry<br />APR Course Technical Facilitator<br />Technical tips:...
Get Involved!<br />Next ‘Cohort’ Group Starts Soon<br />The web conferences are your chance to ask questions and meet othe...
Online Course Success<br />Meta analysis:<br />Tracked participation (6-1-2008 through 6-1-2009)<br />Only included indivi...
Type of Questions on the Computer-Based Examination<br />Not ‘Academic’ or ‘Didactic’ questions.<br />Scenario-based quest...
Types of questions<br />Typical question is… <br />“Name three ways to do X…” [Select 3]<br />“Identify the best way to do...
Scenario<br />“If  XYZ happens… what would a professional do next?”<br />Think about your professional experience<br />Don...
Question Formation<br /><ul><li>Set an objective.
Write the ‘Stem’ or Question
Don’t use negatives, trivia or trick questions
 Think ‘scenario’ or process oriented questions
Avoid absolute modifiers such as always, never, only, all, none and best.
State the number of answers to be selected
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APR Examination Tips

  1. 1. UABAccreditation in Public Relations<br />Online Study Course<br />Examination Tips and Study Strategies<br />Slides from Monthly Webcast…<br />
  2. 2. Welcome!<br />APR<br />Study<br />Strategies<br />Michael Henry<br />APR Course Technical Facilitator<br />Technical tips:<br /> - Reduce distractions (next 50 minutes)<br /> - If you lose audio – restart webcast<br /> - Take notes – Slides handout sent following webcast<br />
  3. 3. Get Involved!<br />Next ‘Cohort’ Group Starts Soon<br />The web conferences are your chance to ask questions and meet other candidates. <br />Volunteer to present at an upcoming web conference:<br />Share your &quot;Mock Examination Question&quot;<br />Present your notes from a module<br />Share your Activity Presentation from <br />MBA Class Guest Presentation <br />Ethical Dilemma <br />Business Literacy Presentation <br />Case Problem Presentation<br />Readiness Review<br />
  4. 4. Online Course Success<br />Meta analysis:<br />Tracked participation (6-1-2008 through 6-1-2009)<br />Only included individuals who participated in at least 75% of the Online Course Materials<br />Participation defined as completing online activities, posting and uploading assignments.<br />100% of the Online Candidates, who participated in 75% or more of the online course materials, PASSED the APR Examination.<br />236 Online Candidates have passed the APR Examination since Jan. 2005.<br />
  5. 5. Type of Questions on the Computer-Based Examination<br />Not ‘Academic’ or ‘Didactic’ questions.<br />Scenario-based questions<br />
  6. 6. Types of questions<br />Typical question is… <br />“Name three ways to do X…” [Select 3]<br />“Identify the best way to do X… [All might be correct, but one is best - Select 1]<br />
  7. 7. Scenario<br />“If XYZ happens… what would a professional do next?”<br />Think about your professional experience<br />Don’t memorize dates, names or places<br />Know HOW to create a plan according to the 10-Step Components of a Public Relations Plan<br />Get INVOLVED<br />Create a CASE PROBLEM presentation<br />Create a “Scenario-Based” Mock Problem.<br />
  8. 8. Question Formation<br /><ul><li>Set an objective.
  9. 9. Write the ‘Stem’ or Question
  10. 10. Don’t use negatives, trivia or trick questions
  11. 11. Think ‘scenario’ or process oriented questions
  12. 12. Avoid absolute modifiers such as always, never, only, all, none and best.
  13. 13. State the number of answers to be selected
  14. 14. Write the ‘Options’
  15. 15. Include the correct answer – always correct
  16. 16. Include ‘distracters’ that are plausible but not correct
  17. 17. Avoid humor or obvious clues from the stem</li></ul>FB<br />
  18. 18. Practice Question Activity<br /><ul><li> Understand types of questions on Exam
  19. 19. Study Materials
  20. 20. Practice thinking about and taking Exam
  21. 21. Learn by ‘doing’</li></ul>CAUTION – These are NOT questions from the APR Examination<br />
  22. 22. Combination of reading on my own, participating in the online study course and taking my chapter’s APR study course<br />Study buddy from the online course and we talked on the phone and went over cases studies and the APR study guide at least once a week.<br />Learned as much as I could about the testing environment<br />Jessica Padilla, APR<br />
  23. 23. Eleven Lessons Learned – Amy Beisel, APR<br />Believe in yourself – you can do it<br />Do it for yourself – it’s not the Exam<br />Do it for your colleagues – profession<br />The bar is supposed to be high<br />Summarize your experience<br />Sell yourself to yourself [KSAs]<br />Think like an APR<br />Stick to a timeline<br />Practice good study habits<br />Don’t be afraid to learn something new<br />
  24. 24. Thoughts – Jason Kirsch, APR<br />Take study seriously (Nine Months)<br />Cutlip, Center Broom<br />Don’t memorize<br />Pace your study<br />Be confident that you have prepared<br />Think like a practitioner – “What to do?”<br />Questions may surprise you… be confident<br />Questions require thought<br />Mark questions for review, if necessary<br />Plan to use all three hours<br />
  25. 25. Get involved!<br /><ul><li>Volunteer to present
  26. 26. Join the Next Cohort Group
  27. 27. Participate in the Module Discussions</li></ul>Enroll Online:<br />www.Online2Learn.net/APR<br />

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