Many industries require candidates to pass a vocational exam before being allowed to work. Examples of jobs requiring a vocational exam are ACE (American Council on Exercise) Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Personal Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Jobs in the health and medical field require the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET). Artistically inclined careers include interior design, which requires the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Examination, and landscape architecture, which requires the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE). Commercial drivers must obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) before beginning their careers as well. People who wish to work as a teacher's aide must pass the ParaPro Test, a national examination that ensures all adults in a classroom are competent to work with and help teach school children.
For those who have not yet chosen a career, the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) helps determine skill levels and aptitudes. Organizations use results from the TABE to make decisions regarding hiring, promotions, or selecting employees for skilled positions' training programs.
All vocational exams are considered high-level tests and require diligent preparation for success. Preparation for these examinations should include review tests and familiarity with the examinations' formats, questions, and time limits. To be successful, students taking these vocational exams should be prepared to apply concepts they have learned to solve test problems.