Does anyone have any advice on passing the PHR the first time around?

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Get the books from hrci! Divide up the chapters in 12 weeks and read once and re read again that week.
I did 5 hrs rereading each Sunday

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And I passed first time :)

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Put in the work and you'll do fine.

Get the SHRM books, creat flash cards for CC study along with posted notes.

Study using a lot of practice questions. Your memory will then start understanding right vs the possible wrong answers.

Yes, take a class and take lots of practice exams

Practice exams make a world of difference OP, so definitely focus on that!

Practice exams are key because you’ll understand how to apply the best answer to the question.

Considering your budget is always to important. But other than that, practice tests and scheduling out when and where I'm going to study is always so absolutely crucial.

Remember that HR Ops is about 40% of the exam so certainly pay most attention to that. Wouldn't waste too much time with Health, Safety, and Security.

I downloaded the PHR Pocket Prep app and did practice questions whenever I had the opportunity to (lunch breaks, waiting to get an oil change, etc) I found that the questions through the app were harder than the questions on the actual exam. Good luck!! :)

Pocket prep app - it’s all you need

Practice exams but make sure you review your wrong AND right answers. Make sure you understand why. Above all else, take the exam as many times as it takes to pass. Don’t give up!

Time, effort and the right resources. These are the three things you need to have. Doing some exercises will help you as well.

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