Computing professionals are and forever will be expected to formalize their knowledge through certification exams or some skill-based evaluations. It is part of the DNA of the computing culture. Whether or not you consider yourself a good test taker, you will be expected to take certification exams or prove your level of understanding via a skills exam.
Keep in mind that these exams take special preparation. Specific in-depth topic study is required as well as preparation for the testing environment. It helps to know the topics covered, of course, but it also makes a difference if the person sitting for the test is familiar with the way in which the questions are asked. This is the reason for using study guides and test prep software.
Regardless of how one chooses to prepare for the exam or test, a certain amount of memorization will have occurred beforehand. The real goal, however, is to be able to create a contextual framework for learning and remembering. What colors do you think of when the date October 31 is mentioned? The orange and black are part of the contextual sense of that date.
Likewise, it is in your best interest to learn how ideas connect. It is much easier to remember the material that way. A long list of unrelated facts are nearly impossible to remember under duress, but an ankle-bone-connected-to-the leg-bone approach works well. See the Mind Mapping site below for more information on that.
Check out these resources:
–An amazing video to give you a great perspective on the certification test process itself!
Computer Certification 3-Minute Tutorial: You’re In The Tunnel
–Memorization or Contextual Learning?