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Answering HRCI & SHRM Check Questions

Welcome to the HR Certification Podcast, a podcast for HR leaders working in direction of their human assets certification with HRCI and SHRM. Be a part of host Jessica Miller-Merrell, founding father of and HR certification prep program, Ace The HR Examination as she shares examine suggestions, examination insights, and topical evaluate for HR exams, together with the aPHR, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, and SHRM-SCP. Now right here’s Jessica with this episode of the HR Certification Podcast.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:00:38.70] Howdy, Howdy, Howdy. Hello, and welcome to the HR Certification Podcast. I’m your host, Jessica Miller-Merrell, and I’m so excited to have you ever right here as we speak. My mission, function, and keenness is elevating the human assets trade. And within the HR Certification Podcast, which is what you’re listening to proper now, I assist HR leaders in private {and professional} growth solely targeted on HR certifications with SHRM and HRCI. This podcast is powered by Workology and our HR certification prep programs and assets. If you happen to’d prefer to study extra about them, go to I’ve so many assets over there for you on the web site. Now earlier than I dive into as we speak’s podcast, I wish to hear from you. Ship me a textual content to “HR CERTIFICATION” to 512-548-3005. You’ll be able to ask feedback, go away questions, make ideas. I’m searching for all of the assets and the issues that you want to assist achieve success in your HR certification examination. So ship me a textual content to that quantity. Let me know. Give me your suggestions.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:01:56.31] In each single episode, I cowl info and assets that will help you ace your HR certification exams. This podcast is designed to be brief and to the purpose so you may get your evaluate in and transfer on. I do know you all are busy. Now, the HR Certification Podcast is split into completely different segments. In every episode, we are going to deal with a typical query or topical space that HR leaders have as they’re preparing for his or her HR certification exams. I’ll additionally evaluate an HR glossary time period and at last stroll you thru an HR certification examination query. All that in actually quarter-hour. Once more, the HR Certification Podcast is designed for SHRM and HRCI, and that features the aPHR, the PHR, the SPHR, the SHRM-CP, and the SHRM-SCP. I’ve an entire host of assets within the transcriptions of every podcast. So go to, seize the total transcript of this podcast, and get entry to extra of the assets and different issues I speak about intimately to assist assist you.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:03:06.46] On this episode, we’re speaking about check questions. It’s so necessary whether or not it’s SHRM or HRCI, you want to have a check query technique. That is going that will help you perceive methods to get by means of that examination within the shortest period of time, but additionally choose the most effective reply or the one that you just assume has the probably likelihood to be the proper one. Now, I’m going to speak a bit of bit about what to anticipate within the exams, what’s included and what’s not included, as a result of that is necessary in your check query technique. However what I might encourage you to do is to study extra about your strengths and weaknesses. I encourage you to do a self-assessment. This self-assessment goes that will help you determine the topical areas which are probably to be on the examination that you just battle with. Each HR individual is completely different, which is why I encourage this.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:04:04.94] Let’s get into our first phase the place we’re speaking about check questions for SHRM and HRCI. Each single examination is completely different and that features aPHR, the PHR, the SPHR, after which the SHRM-CP and the SHRM-SCP. They’re all completely different. If you’re undecided the place to start out and I imply what greatest examination you qualify for, possibly you’ve arrived right here at this podcast episode. Go to, and you’ll take our seven qu-stion quiz. It’s going that will help you perceive which examination you qualify for and which one is best for you. I embrace all of the assets for all certifications with HRCI and SHRM. We now have it in a single place. So let’s begin with the check. I’m going to start out with SHRM first and for the SHRM exams, I’m speaking in regards to the CP, the Licensed Skilled, and the SCP, the Senior Licensed Skilled. Anticipate the next: multiple-choice questions. You have to a 200 rating to cross the examination, and I’m going to incorporate some info within the present notes about what that truly means. So go to for extra info. So you’re going to have 4 hours to finish the examination. It’s divided into two sections, all proper? Nonetheless excited about SHRM right here. There are 158 questions and then you definitely’re going to have an eight-minute survey.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:05:30.44] All proper. 24 of the check questions are going to be non-scoring. They don’t rating these questions. These are pattern questions that SHRM is testing out to possibly use in future exams. So that you’re not going to know actually what ones are these. Now, in the case of SHRM, there are two various kinds of check questions. There’s data questions and situational judgment check questions. Let’s break down data questions first. These check your data round competencies reminiscent of folks, group, and office, in addition to technique subject areas related to the SHRM physique of utilized abilities and data, the BASK. These are foundational data objects which are going to be lined. And sure, behavioral competency areas are additionally lined. However in every check query, there’s solely 4 potential solutions and just one is completely right. In order that’s your data check questions. Let’s transfer on to the situational judgment check questions. These are difficult. These assess your judgment and decision-making abilities related to completely different situations, like a few paragraphs. These name for the appliance of, primarily, the behavioral competencies. These are going to check your decision-making abilities and current situations that define a piece state of affairs that an HR skilled might discover themselves in. I discover that these are complicated and you have to to work by means of the situations to evaluate the most effective reply, not your reply, however the most effective reply. Once more, every query has 4 options with just one potential response that’s right. All viable options are choices oftentimes that you’d possibly choose in your office, however there’s just one right reply to obtain the total credit score, to have the ability to cross, to have that 200 passing rating. We’re going to discover these situational judgment check questions a bit of bit extra intimately. We’ll undergo one as we stroll by means of a check query as we speak. So 80 questions are scored because the data base questions. All proper. Within the SHRM-CP and the SHRM-SCP and 54 questions are situational judgment check questions. That is true for each the exams and I’m speaking in regards to the 2023 testing window and past. SHRM has the spring and winter testing window. All of this info will work for not less than the following 12 months. We embrace all this info and assets which are within the present testing window at our So for those who’re like I don’t perceive what a testing window is, go to, click on on HR Certification and I’ve info like charges, prices, all of the issues in the case of SHRM in a single single place.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:08:25.10] Now transferring on to HRCI, let’s first speak in regards to the aPHR. The aPHR, which is the Affiliate Skilled of Human Sources has the next issues on its examination: 65 multi-choice questions and data query format. This takes an hour and 45 minutes to finish the examination. That’s the time that you’ve got and also you’re going to have a five-minute survey. Additionally, you will have these 25 further non-scoring check questions. These are check questions that they’re attempting out for future exams. With regards to testing, you’re going to use with HRCI, this goes for all exams, and you’re going to get your approval to check letter. You’ve got 180 days from when that letter arrives to take the examination. A cross is a 500 rating or above. They use weighted scoring. If you happen to’re uncertain what meaning and the way it’s calculated, I’ve assets. I’m going to place within the transcript of this podcast. You’ll be able to go to and get all of the assets. I wish to swap now to the PHR and the SPR. These two are comparable when it comes to the examination. They each nonetheless have multiple-choice and knowledge-based questions. Additionally they have weighted scoring. There’s a survey in addition to 25 non-scoring questions with the requirement of taking that 180 days to schedule and take your examination when you obtain that approval to check letter. Now for the SPHR, there are 140 check questions and you’ve got two and one half hours to finish the examination. The content material with the SPHR is similar content material, however it’s extra strategic. I speak extra about what forms of content material is on the examination over at You’ll be able to head over to, seize the HR Certification useful resource web page there and also you’ll get the whole lot you want to learn about HRCI exams particularly when it comes to the content material. I believe that’s extremely necessary so that you can be accustomed to. And simply to be clear, for those who’re listening to this podcast after 2023, it’s at all times altering.

Break: [00:10:43.29] Let’s head into the reset. I do know this was a quick evaluate, but it surely takes time. So we’re going to maneuver into our subsequent phase right here on the HR Certification Podcast, powered by Workology. My title is Jessica Miller-Merrell. Workology provides HR certification prep programs and assets. You’ll be able to study extra about these programs and prep assets by visiting You may as well head over to We now have a wide range of prep assets. I’ve issues like bodily merchandise like flashcards and examine guides, together with programs for various kinds of learners, all differing kinds. Most significantly, I would like these programs to be accessible for you wherever and everytime you want them. All our programs can be found on-demand and so they’re additionally accessible on our very personal Workology app, which is obtainable for Android, I don’t overlook you guys, and iPhone customers like me. Earlier than we get again to the evaluate, please know I wish to hear from you. Textual content the phrases “HR CERTIFICATION” to 512-548-3005. You’ll be able to ask me questions, go away feedback, and make ideas for future podcasts like this one right here. That is my neighborhood textual content quantity and I wish to hear from you.

HR Glossary Time period(s) – Non-exempt and Exempt Worker

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:11:55.77] So let’s head into our subsequent phase. We’re transferring into this new phase. It’s a particular phase that I believe is extremely necessary on the HR Certification Podcast. I’m going to evaluate a glossary time period and we do not less than one glossary time period for each single episode. These are all human assets phrases and definitions which are lined as a part of the data base for SHRM and HRCI exams, whether or not it’s the physique of utilized abilities and data for SHRM or the physique of information for RCI. So I would like you to turn into accustomed to these phrases. They’re a part of each data bases, but it surely’s additionally necessary so that you can know that you want to be actually acquainted. Meaning repeatedly reviewing this materials, possibly instructing another person. I encourage you to study utilizing completely different studying kinds, which is why we have now audio classes in our Ace The HR Examination. We now have short-form video, we have now flashcards, digital flashcards, bodily flashcards, and longer lecture content material. I like specializing in a single subject space to allow them to grasp that. It’s typically an space that’s one thing you’re battling and is probably to be on the examination. For instance, expertise acquisition. This is perhaps a, not a powerful level for you, so simply deal with expertise acquisition and I encourage you to try this over and time and again. This helps you construction your focus. You don’t must observe the e-book. You deal with what’s your weakest level that’s probably on the examination.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:13:28.83] Let’s transfer into that glossary time period evaluate. I’m going to say a brief description. At the moment, we’re reviewing two completely different phrases that go collectively and actually, typically they’re complicated for folks. These phrases are non-exempt and exempt worker. In america, the time period non-exempt and exempt seek advice from completely different classes of workers as outlined by the Truthful Labor Requirements Act. That’s your FLSA. So a non-exempt worker is entitled to obtain additional time pay for any hours work past 40 in a workweek. They’re entitled to issues like minimal wage, meal, and relaxation breaks. Non-exempt workers are sometimes hourly employees. They’re paid by the hour and their pay should be tracked by the employer. So listed below are some examples of non-exempt workers: retail employees, administrative workers, and customer support representatives. So take into consideration possibly any individual that you just’ve encountered as we speak that might be thought-about a non-exempt worker. On the flip aspect, exempt workers in america are exempt. They don’t obtain additional time pay or different rights like minimal wage, meals or break time. Exempt workers are sometimes salaried and are usually not required to have their hours or their pay tracked by their employer. However plenty of us do for numerous causes. Examples of exempt workers embrace: managers, executives, and professionals. These could possibly be folks like docs or legal professionals to be categorized as exempt, this worker should meet sure standards, such at least wage threshold. And that is additionally issues like performing particular job duties, and so they should be paid on a wage foundation. Employers that don’t observe this are topic to penalties, which is known as misclassifying workers. So that is if you misclassify any individual as an exempt when they need to be a non-exempt and an hourly worker. So that’s exempt and non-exempt workers.

HR Check Query Assessment for SHRM and HRCI Certification Exams 

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:15:43.24] All proper. My favourite a part of the evaluate, it’s right here. So we’re transferring into the particular phase of the HR Certification Podcast the place we evaluate an HR check query. You’re not going to get this anyplace else. We do that for each single episode. These check questions are lined within the data base for SHRM and HRCI. So this check query is sweet for each. Earlier than I share the query, I wish to provide you with a fast evaluate of our HR check query framework. If you wish to know extra about this. That is over on our Workology YouTube channel. I’m going to hyperlink to the video and our channel within the transcript of this podcast episode, which is obtainable at So there are 5 steps to this HR check query framework. The 1st step is to learn the query slowly and concisely. I don’t need you studying the query 1,000,000 occasions. Step two is to determine the HR competency within the check query that they’re asking. Step three, eradicate incorrect solutions. Step 4 is WWFWD or WWSD. What would SHRM or HRCI do in the event that they had been answering this query? We now have to get ourselves out of us as HR practitioners and assume like SHRM or HRCI. So when you’ve eradicated the incorrect issues or the issues that don’t give you the results you want. Step 5 goes along with your intestine. All proper, That’s the five-step framework.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:17:07.57] So let’s get to that check query, all proper? An worker incomes $32,000 per yr supervises two workers and spends 35 hours per week on job duties that require discretion and impartial judgment. Which of the next applies to this worker? What do you assume? Is it A) They’re exempt based mostly on the executive exemption check. Or are they B) Exempt based mostly on the chief exemption check. Or are they C) Non-exempt Or D) Non-exempt based mostly on the wage foundation requirement. What do you assume the reply is right here? So I’m going to reread the query for you and provide the choices once more, in case you missed it, as a result of that was so much. Query:

An worker incomes $32,000 per yr supervises two workers and spends 35 hours per week on job duties. And these job duties require discretion and impartial judgment. So which of the next applies to this worker?

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:18:30.13] That’s our query. And your choices are:

A) Is the worker exempt base on the executive exemption check.

B) They’re exempt based mostly on the chief exemption check.

C) They’re simply non-exempt.

D) Non-exempt based mostly on the wage foundation requirement.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:18:55.38] So, the reply is D) Wage foundation requirement. They’re exempt based mostly on the wage foundation requirement. If you happen to’re like, I don’t know what the wage foundation requirement is or the FLSA, write it down, make an observation as a result of you want to evaluate these supplies. There have been adjustments to the FLSA thresholds. Nonetheless, this variation is greater than two years previous and it’s more likely to be on the examination. Any content material that’s older than two years, employment regulation or simply topically, they may embrace on the examination. So it’s been greater than two years since FLSA up to date their thresholds. So be, be suggested. And for those who didn’t get this one proper, don’t fear, simply make an observation and I counsel you add this subject to your every day evaluate. Simply evaluate the FLSA. Develop into accustomed to the exemption check. I do have extra questions like this one and others that you may entry. In truth, I’ve 25 free check questions that you may entry at Go to and entry it, free 25 check questions delivered proper to your electronic mail field. So good, so enjoyable. Check questions are so necessary.

Closing: [00:20:09.07] HR certification in my thoughts is such an necessary step in your profession. Whether or not you wish to improve your HR data, acquire credibility on the workplace or improve your earnings potential. Or possibly you simply wish to show to your self that you just should be right here. As a result of I do know that you just do. You do. You should be right here in HR. Collectively, let’s elevate the HR career. I wish to thanks for becoming a member of me on this episode of the HR Certification Podcast. My title is Jessica Miller-Merrell. I assist HR leaders ace their HR certification exams and I wish to do the identical for you. You recognize, Workology provides a bunch of programs and assets that will help you ace your HR certification examination. You’ll be able to go to and study extra about how we show you how to with HR certification prep. And we try this for the aPHR, the PHR, the SPHR, the SHRM-CP, and the SHRM-SCP exams. Earlier than we go, when you have a query or suggestion or possibly a podcast subject for a future episode, I might love to listen to from you for the HR Certification Podcast. Ship me a textual content. Textual content the phrase “HR CERTIFICATION” to 512-548-3005. That is my neighborhood textual content quantity and I wish to hear from you. Thanks a lot for becoming a member of this episode of the HR Certification Podcast. I hope this helps you intend out your examine schedule, your plan of assault, your method, no matter it’s so that you can have that cross of whichever HR certification examination. Better of luck to you. Let me understand how I can assist you in your HR certification examine and prep efforts. Have an excellent day.



– HR Certification Quiz 

– Workology on Youtube | HR Check Query Framework

 – Workology on Youtube | What’s a Passing Rating on the SHRM and HRCI Exams 

– HR Certification: SHRM and HRCI 

– HR Certification Podcast Episode 0: Deciding Between aPHR, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Exams

– HR Certification Podcast Episode 1: Learn how to Examine to your HRCI and SHRM Exams

 – HR Certification Podcast Episode 2: Reviewing Enterprise and Technique

– Workology Podcast | Ep 161 – The Worth of HR Certification: #HRCI or #SHRM?

– Workology Podcast | Ep 210 – Learn how to Ace Your HR Certification Examination

– Workology Podcast | Episode 262: Check-Taking Methods for HRCI and SHRM Certification

– Workology Podcast | Episode 332: Passing your HR Certification examination – What was your expertise like?

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