How to Pass the Admin Exam
If you're looking at this it means 2 things. 1: you know how to use the forums, and B: you want to pass the Admin Exam and become an Admin (or find out why a thread on cheating is still on the forums). Well, the purpose of this thread is NOT to help you cheat or exploit loopholes in the Exam (there's an IP ban in it for anyone involved in that sort of stuff) but to give you tips that will allow you to maximise your score.
So, you've been playing for a year and currently have a 1400/2800 rating/experience score? Sorry, but just playing competitively is helpful but usually not enough to learn all the nuances of the game. Before you take the test, take some practice ones first, and go through ruling links to refresh your memory.
bookmark this thread and study the stuff in it regularly: http://forum.dueling...51-skulblaka98/
Make sure you have enough uninterrupted and stable internet time
It should go without saying, but you can only take the test once, and so to get the most out of it, lock yourself in a room with your computer make sure you're not disturbed. Some people may be familiar with doing that already.
You should also make sure you're alert when taking the test. You definitely don't want to be half asleep and forgetting card texts or misreading the question when you're doing an exam you can only really take once every 6 months.
USE THE INTERNET
This one cannot be stressed enough. Nobody expects you to remember the card text of every single card mentioned, or to have learned by heart word for word every single relevant document. The Exam itself will have Wikia links to all the cards in the questions; if you're not sure what the text of the card is, USE THE LINKS, to refresh your memory. We want you to use the internet. (Note that asking other people questions via PM or a forum post while taking the test is cheating and will result in punishment). Note that if the wikia crashes during the test, you can use DN's deck constructor to check card text.
You may also come across a situation you've not encountered before. But there are secret sites that not everyone knows about, which contains info on hundreds of situations, such as: www.google.com .
I'm of course kidding in calling it a great secret. However, the fact remains that simply googling something like "pot of duality vs negated special summons" or "geartown vs mst" can turn up something which gets straight to the heart of the question.
Of course, this strategy will not get everyone a 20. It's limited by A: your internet speed; 3: the time limit and Four: obscurity. There is of course no time to google everything and sometimes google won't turn anything up for that question. It's in this case that you can google questions about more common cards that work in the same way. Care is needed here, too, to make sure that the related card does indeed work the same way; missing a subtle but key difference in the card mechanics can cost you the question.
You should have Skulblaka's profile open or accessible during the exam, as well as any other links you might need to look stuff up on.
Read everything very carefully
It's easy to miss details in a question. Again, it could easily cost you the question to misread the card text of a card you've not seen before (or even one you've not seen for a while, since the text of many cards has changed due to the new Card Text). Critical reading is very important in Yugioh and as an admin.
TL;DR: Study first, Make sure your connection is good and you're alert, Read everything carefully, and use the internet to look up anything you need.
If you manage to follow all of that, I'll see you in the Skype Admin Chat. Good luck!
Edited by bilaterus, 01 February 2015 - 04:22 PM.