While the test itself had some issues — like using two different teachers instead of one — the results speak for themselves.
Test Prep: Studying for an Exam
Certification test prep is all about one style of learning — repetition.
Repetition works for some students, and it does well when you need to remember something short-term.
But once the test is over, will students remember what they studied that way?
After all, test prep is about preparing students to pass one test. Once that test is over, is the information still there?
According to the Curve of Forgetting, the odds are bad. Students — and people in general — forget about 80% of what they learn after 72 hours without proper reinforcement.
So if a student’s only reinforcement is a single test, they probably won’t retain much when they enter the workforce.
3. Well-Rounded vs. Ultra-Specific
Digital curriculum is designed for a wide range of applications — teaching, planning, grading, and more — all at once.
Test prep is ultra-specific. It gets students ready for one part of their lives, and that part of their lives won’t even last that long!
Digital Curriculum: Well-Rounded
When you use a digital curriculum, you’re not just getting a template for a syllabus.
Instead, you get a robust piece of software that lets you create courses, add lessons, change test questions, automatically track student process, and even automatically grade assessments.
In a nutshell, you get everything you need to run a successful classroom all in one easy-to-use package.
Which parts do you want to use? Which parts don’t you need?
It’s all up to you, and it’s all possible with the right digital curriculum.
Test Prep: Ultra-Specific
As said above, test prep only readies your students to take one specific exam.
A lot of the information they learn may be about the test itself, its format, how many questions it includes, and the time they have to finish it.
In other words, it’s information that won’t help them after they get certified — especially when they go into their first career.
They won’t have to know how long they have to take the CNA exam when they become an actual nursing assistant.
It won’t matter how many questions are on the test when they’re coding medical records for an emergency room.
So not only will students probably forget a lot of the information they used to prepare for their test, they might remember information that doesn’t even apply to their careers.
Recalling the information they don’t need is just as bad as forgetting information that’d help them succeed in the workplace.
4. Subscription Fee vs. Pay-as-You-Go
A digital curriculum is priced based on a subscription, much like a newspaper or magazine.
That subscription covers everything you’ll ever have to pay, most of the time. Some companies include fine print with their pricing, but the majority will give you a fee that covers costs for the entire year.