For many, the final exam just before certification can be the most stressful part of flight or ATC training. After taking (and passing) nearly a dozen of these types of tests, some helpful tips and strategies have emerged. The most important one is to study and train early. These exams are administered when you feel ready as the applicant, so consistent thorough training is a must. Another thing that helps is to go into the test with the mindset that you deserve the next rating or certification. Just think of the test as an opportunity to prove yourself to your examiner. Lastly, remember that everyone is human. No examiner hopes to see you fail and many try their best to ensure a friendly environment for the applicant. Hopefully these tips will hope you reach that next milestone, whether in real life of virtually!