Practicing on Situational Judgment and Problem Solving

When I teach my psychology undergraduate students how to perform well on the SCORE (Society for Human Resources Education) University Professors Qualifying Examination and the SHRM (Self-Assessment Research Measure) College Professors Qualifying Examination, I always emphasize the importance of situational judgment in learning. These two kinds of multiple-choice tests on both the SHRM and SCORE exams include two main types of multiple-choice questions: situation-based questions and knowledge-based questions. The situations and knowledge questions on these two exams are intended to help students gain more knowledge about their area of study. The main reason for including scenarios and knowledge questions on the examinations is to assist students in learning new information.

In the case of the situation-based questions, students will need to choose an answer to a question from a set of options presented by the interviewer. Students must then match the correct answer with the right question, which is determined by using the interviewer’s pre-determined rules. For instance, if the question asked about a particular subject, students must provide a response related to the topic and the rules. Students must also match the correct answer to the correct question before being given credit for that answer.

In the knowledge-based questions, students must match a multiple-choice answer to a specific piece of information from an actual experience. When choosing the information needed, students may consider anything related to that information (like how that particular topic is presented in a newspaper), but they must provide all the necessary information in order to earn a passing grade. In addition, students must match the correct answer to the correct question.

When answering multiple-choice questions on both of the exams, students are required to follow directions provided by the interviewer in order to complete the question and receive a passing score. If an interviewer does not provide directions, the student may simply choose an incorrect answer, or he or she may forget the proper direction or combination of directions and forget what directions were given.

On both of the SCORE and SHRM examinations, students who miss a question or answer incorrectly in situations-based questions will not receive any points towards their final exam score. However, if a student answers correctly in knowledge questions or in situation-based questions, then he or she will receive one or two points towards the final score. Although students can miss questions in both situations, they are likely to have trouble on the knowledge questions due to their lack of prior knowledge of the topic at hand.

There are a couple ways to approach taking the situation-based questions on the SCORE exams. First, students should practice answering the questions on a daily basis in the classroom. Second, students should take advantage of practice tests that offer questions to practice on to help them in the real SCORE or SHRM exams. It is important for students to realize that they can and should practice answering the questions on the tests multiple times each day, in order to familiarize themselves with the questions, as well as the format of the questions.

Finally, students can ask an instructor of the real-life situations they are preparing for the exams for. This method involves having an instructor to review and correct any questions that they answered incorrectly on a practice test. By doing this, they can make sure that they are prepared for the real-life situations that they will be faced with in the real exam.

When taking the exams, it is important for students to keep in mind that the exams are designed to be useful for practicing practical application of the theory they learned in the course. To this end, students should use the materials provided to maximize their knowledge of the subject matter and apply it to their questions and scenarios on the real-life exams. In addition, students should not feel like they have to rely solely on the material provided for practice on the exams. Rather, they should put forth the effort to study for the actual test, which will help them better understand the material and give them a better understanding of the topics being covered on the actual exam.

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