TSA and TSO Exam Tips; CBT + FAM Physical Training Assessment

TSA Exam Tips

It is essential to score as high as possible on your pre-employment TSA assessments. No matter which position you apply for, the TSA uses assessments as an early screening mechanism to parse out quality candidates. If you score high on the test you are more likely to land the job you want. Take a look at some of our top test taking tips. These strategies will help you feel more comfortable when you take your TSA CBT exam.


TSA CBT Test Tips

  1. Get a good night's sleep before the test and try to stay calm while taking it. You will get the best results if you avoid a test day panic.
  2. Carefully read the directions before every question. Do not assume you know what to do.
  3. Make sure you read the entire question and all the answer choices before choosing your response.
  4. Use process of elimination. The tests are multiple choice, therefore you can eliminate answers you are certain are incorrect.
  5. Your final test score is based the amount of correct answers. There is no penalty for answering a question incorrectly. This mean, you should take educated guesses and leave no answer blank.
  6. All of the exams aside from the Federal Marshal Situational Judgement test allow you to go back and review your answers.
  7. Don’t pay attention to answer patterns or number of As, Bs, Cs, Ds, or Es. The answer positions are completely randomized and there is no way to predict answers based on a pattern or sequence.
  8. Make sure to review the official TSA CBT exam study guide (PDF) before taking the exam.

FAM Physical Training Assessment Test Tips

  1. Don’t forget to warm-up and cool down when you are preparing. A warm up prepares your body and a cool down prevents cramping and helps circulation.
  2. Focus on training all the major muscle groups
  3. When exercising always perform the movements through the full range of motion.
  4. Work through the positive and negative phases of training.
  5. Focus on opposing muscles for strength development. Meaning work on abdominals in conjunction with your lower back.
  6. Use proper breathing techniques, exhale in any positive page and inhale during the negative phase.
  7. Ensure that you are training in progression. Increase the severity and amount of exercises in intervals. Make sure you factor in rest and recovery time between training programs.
  8. Try to specify your training to target specific results. Think about which area your are trying to strengthen and develop a training plan to match it.
  9. Ensure that you are drinking water. You need to replace fluids lost through exercise.
  10. Make sure you are wearing adequate footwear with good support, arch and fit.

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