Read The Question Twice

May 24 / Dave Massey

Reading Salesforce Exam Questions twice can be the difference between passing or failing.

I've been there. You're sitting in front of your computer, the Salesforce Certification Exam is loaded, and you've clicked on the first question. Your heart's racing, and you're keen to select the correct answer right away. But what if we told you that first impressions aren't always reliable? Especially in a critical scenario like this one.

Understanding the Question is Key

On many exams, I've read a question, selected an answer, and then realized I'd misinterpreted the question. It happens more often than you think; one of the most common challenges is understanding the sometimes confusing, unclear, and poorly written questions.

Little nuances, hidden caveats, or modifiers can change the entire meaning of a question, leading you down the wrong path if you're not careful.

So what's the best way to approach the questions? Well, there are a few tips and tricks.

Read Questions Multiple Times

I've said it before, but let me emphasize the importance of reading questions and answers multiple times. It's not a waste of time; it's an investment in ensuring you've grasped the full context of the question.

Each read-through can reveal a new angle, a hidden requirement, or a subtle hint toward the correct answer.

Here are some tips:

  • Pick out the keywords or phrases in the question

  • Identify the critical requirements that the question is asking for.

  • Compare the answer choices. Look for differences and similarities, and try to understand why specific options might be better than other.

You can also use the ABC Method to help you break the exam questions down.

The ABC Method

The ABC Method is a tried and tested strategy for dissecting Salesforce exam questions. It stands for:

  • Actual Question - What is the actual question

  • Bullcrap - What details in the question do not impact the correct answer?

  • Caveats - Are there any caveats or modifiers that will impact your answer?

This approach encourages you to understand the question, break it into smaller, manageable parts, and select the best answer. If you want to know more about this method, check out my recent YouTube video, [Link]. It provides a detailed walkthrough of the process and can be a valuable tool in your exam preparation arsenal.


So, what do you gain by investing this extra time in understanding the questions and answers?

First, you increase your chances of selecting the correct answer, improving your exam score.

Second, it boosts your confidence. Knowing that you've understood the question and not just guessing can be a massive psychological boost.

And finally, it enhances your overall performance. When you read and analyze questions carefully, you're training your brain to think critically and logically – essential skills for any Salesforce professional.

Wrap Up

A massive part of passing any Salesforce Certification Exam is understanding the question; it's as critical as knowing the subject matter.

Reading the questions and answers multiple times, employing the ABC Method, and analyzing each option can make the difference between a pass and a fail.

Remember, the journey to certification isn't a sprint; it's a marathon. And like any marathon, preparation, and strategy are key.

Implement these tips in your preparation; watch the ABC Method video for a more detailed understanding, and you'll be well on your way to unlocking your Salesforce success.

Happy studying, and good luck!