Last month I wrote about refreshing my Labview skills before I passed the CLD-R exam. This topic turned into a set of three additional posts. The first two were about available seminar materials and online help topics.
Now I'll write about the third (and last) thing I did to prep for the test:
Study the sample tests
I found two sample tests that NI had posted on their website for the CLD-R exam. Who knows - if you dig hard enough maybe there are more. The first thing I did was take one of the tests as if it were real - no cheating. Then I followed these steps:
- Examined every write answer I got to make sure I understood why.
- Looked at every wrong answer to figure out the correct answer.
- Researched the specific topics that were a little fuzzy.
- Looked online to see if anyone else had worked out answers. A few examples are here and here. You can try looking at LAVA as well.
- Worked out IN DETAIL every single problem that had code attached to it.
- Took the second test as if it were real.
- Repeated steps 1 through 5 for the second test.
- Took the first test again. A couple weeks had passed since I first tried it, which was enough time for me to gauge whether I had improved.
- Took a couple days to digest my second pass.
- Repeated steps 8 and 9 for the second test.
The fifth step - working the problems out - was particularly useful. In my opinion just memorizing answers stimulates only one part of your brain. I created a separate VI for each problem, added as much detail as I needed, and ran the VI until I got a satisfactory (an understandable) answer. Going through that effort helped to create a sort of "muscle memory" that I could call on during the test itself. Besides which, I think going over those topics helped me improve my programming skills in general, even if only a little.
So that's all I'm going to write about the CLD-R exam. Good luck to anyone taking the exam, and I hope this helped.