Quick Start Guide

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Quick Start Guide

CramMaster Online has been developed to be both powerful and user-friendly. The purpose of this guide is to assist you in getting the most productivity out of your CramMaster Online experience. Before you can start, you must have an account and at least one CramMaster enrollment. These can be obtained at: http://www.examforce.com or via your local account administrator. Once you have an account, you can log in.

Logging In:

To login you must use your assigned username (this is generally your email address) and your password. If you have lost your password, or do not remember it you can click the "Lost your password?" button to have a new password sent to you.



Once you successfully log in, you will be presented with a list of your available CramMasters. CramMasters must be activated for use, so the first time you click a CramMaster's link you will see a dialog box asking if you intend to activate your CramMaster. This box will show you the expiration date and allow you to continue CramMaster activation or to cancel the activation. Expiration dates are not set until a CramMaster's first use, so you should wait to activate a CramMaster until you are able to use it.



The My CramMasters page also contains a collection of "Getting Started" links which should be a good source of additional help should you need it.

Clicking a CramMaster's link, takes you to that CramMaster's Home tab. From here you can access the various modes and features available for that CramMaster by clicking the "tabs" that run vertically down the left-side of the page. These modes can vary by CramMaster, so some of the following might not be applicable to your specific title.



Pretest Mode

We recommend that your CramMaster experience start in our exclusive Pretest mode. In the pretest you will be presented with a selection of knowledge-based questions specifically designed to determine your level of knowledge for each of the objectives or domains for the applicable certification. For help navigating during a Pretest, CLICK HERE.

After completion of the pretest, your customized Pretest Assessment is shown. It contains an overall score, as well as objective specific scores. In addition, most CramMasters also contain reference material links for each objective. The reference materials should be used to polish-up your knowledge in those areas that you scored lowest in.

By design the pretest generally only needs to be taken once. Once it is taken and any associated reference material is studied, you are ready to move on to the Adaptive Drill mode.



Adaptive Drill Mode

CramMaster's Adaptive Drill mode is truly the heart of the application. Here our proprietary testing engine allows you to target your weaknesses as you progress through multiple "passes" of a CramMaster's question database. The adaptive engine works to alter the presentation order of the questions you see based on your past history for that question and other questions in its knowledge category. As you progress through the Adaptive Drill mode you will be shown each question multiple times, and you must answer an ever-increasing percent of questions correctly to move on to the next "pass." Once you've complete the third pass, you are ready to move on to the Simulated Exam mode.



The steps for taking an Adaptive Drill are as follows:
  1. Select one or more objective categories.
  2. Choose a number of questions. We recommend between 30 and 100.
  3. Click the "Start Exam" button.
Optionally, you can also choose to use one of our "Advanced Options" to give you even greater control over the questions presented to you.

While taking an Adaptive Drill, users will have multiple options for reviewing/studying content including printing, note-taking, viewing the correct answers, and even detailed explanations to help with a better understanding of the topics covered in the exam.



In order to help the student fully understand and master all of the required topics, each question has explanations detailing why the correct choices are correct as well as why the incorrect choices are wrong.  These can be accessed either in exam, directly from the question, or by using the optional "Show Feedback" system, which will notify a user immediately when an incorrect option has been selected with the most common reviewing options easily accessed.



Most explanations contain links to an additional supplemental reference material.  The included materials may include books and study guides from top publishers and subject matter experts, and they offer the user the ability to delve further into the topics of each question and to learn more about them in a more detailed and deeper context.








For help navigating during an Adaptive drill, CLICK HERE.

Your Adaptive Drill progress is tracked via the "Historical Analysis." Using the "Historical Analysis" report you can monitor your exam preparation experience as you move through the multiple iterations of the question database.

Simulated Exercises

Many of our titles contain Simulated Exercises. Simulation Exercises are interactive questions designed to reflect the type of simulations that are becoming more common on many certification exams. To start a Simulation Exercise, first select it from the drop-down. Then, after reading its description, you must select your desired mode:
  • Show Me: A non-interactive demonstration of the exercise.
  • Help Me: An assisted "walk-through" of the exercise.
  • Try Me: An un-assisted version designed to test your ability to complete the described task.




Note: Your past Simulation Exercise results can be seen in the "At-a-Glance" report. The report can be view by clicking the icon.

Simulated Exam Mode

Once you've completed three passes through the Adaptive Drill mode, you are ready for the Simulated Exam mode. The simulated exams are written by certified subject matter experts with the goal of giving the user experience with the types and styles of questions that they can expect to see on the actual certification exams. Simulated exams are timed and contain specific numbers of questions.

To take a simulated exam you must select an exam from the pull-down and click the "Begin Exam" button.

Your past results are displayed at the bottom of the page.



Other features:

CramMaster online contains additional features not covered in this guide such as a note system, question printing, an exam review system, and optional instant question feedback. If you need more assistance with these or any other CramMaster features, please see our User Manual, or contact our support staff.

Good luck on your upcoming exams!

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Last Updated: 04-25-2011