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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463743831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463743833
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

There has recently been a large number of studies to determine what percentage of the human brain is actually used in a lifetime. The general consensus is that only a very small amount of brain power is ever used.
 
I've often wondered if perhaps the reason for this observation is because the experts really don't understand what they are looking at. In fact, in time, I firmly believe that science will learn that a much larger percentage of the human brain is used than they ever imagined. At least by some people.

 
There are many people, myself included, that believe we store everything we have ever experienced by every one of our senses in our brain. However, we need to learn how to access the important information in a meaningful way. In addition, some memories may actually be better to be suppressed; such as the memories of the loss of a loved one or a horrible accident. Surely some things are best left in the back of our mind. But what about all of the other information? Do we really store everything we have ever experienced?

Never fear difficult exams and certification tests again!

Have you ever lost a nights sleep worrying about an exam the following morning? I suspect most people have experienced this problem. Do you feel like you're never quite prepared enough to make the grade you need? Again, you're in good company. Almost everyone has shared the same insecurities when it comes to taking important exams.  Fortunately, there is an easier way to deal with difficult exams and certifications. Check inside the book to learn more.  

About the Author

Brian V. Menard MCSE, MCP+I, Windows NT4.0
Webmaster at Webdini.com
Author:"The Test Slayer's Handbook Volume 1"
and "Learning How To Eat (Again)"
Hometown: Charlton, Massachusetts.


Mr. Menard is a Computer Systems Engineer, Webmaster and an Author. Some of his work can be found in the form of virtually dozens of articles published on the Internet. His areas of expertise discussed in these articles include; IT Technical support; Certification preparation; effective dieting and weight maintainence. His current books include "Learning How To Eat (Again)" and "The Test Slayer's Handbook" Volume 1.

More About the Author

Dear Reader,
I am a New England author living in central Massachusetts with my eight children who are now young adults and have lives of their own. I have one son who has special needs (Down's syndrome), and I have chosen to leave my career in the computer industry to take care of him at home full-time. I am a widower, having lost my wife to cancer back in 1997. My wife, Elsie, was a proofreader with a large publishing firm, and I could sure use her skills these days! But I do the best I can. I have a background in many areas. I've been a very successful real-estate entrepreneur, a teacher, a soldier, a high-level computer systems engineer (MCSE), and most importantly, a dad. My life has afforded me the opportunities to pursue virtually all of my interests, so I have now decided that it seemed appropriate to share some of those experiences with you, my readers.

In the very early 1990s, I experienced a serious problem with weight control. I was always heavily into regular exercise, but it wasn't preventing the sudden gain. My weight had increased to almost 100 pounds above my ideal level and was climbing rapidly. It was at this point that I tried and failed using virtually every diet plan that seemed reasonable. This was when I chose to begin my own research, as any engineer would, and discovered the plan which I shared in my book: Learning How To Eat (Again). As a result of this new plan, I lost over 85 pounds in well under a year, and I have had no problem maintaining my weight ever since.

My second book, The Test Slayer's Handbook, was written by popular demand. Many of my friends and business associates wanted me to share my secrets to passing so many high-level certifications so easily. This book was so much fun, it practically wrote itself. I hope you enjoy it. So thank you for taking the time to check out my Amazon page, and I hope you enjoy my books!

Brian V. Menard's Links
http://www.thebestdietbook.com/
https://twitter.com/Bestdietbook
https://www.facebook.com/brian.menard.73
http://thetestslayer.wordpress.com/

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I'm glad I read this short and easy book on passing tests.
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The author takes you through the process step by step.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Terry W. Sprouse, Lincoln-holic, Public Speaker on July 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
"The Test Slayers Handbook: How to Unleash Your Inner Genius" is a truly handy guide for anyone who is in the position where they must take a standardized test. I found the suggestions very logical and presented by an author who obviously has a strong background in both utilizing and teaching the test-taking techniques that he recommends.

The prescription that the author offers is effective, but it also takes active participation on the part of the test taker. It may seem like a dry topic, but the author's writing style, and his effective use of examples and humor makes for a surprisingly pleasant learning experience.

Two parts of the book really stood out to me.

First, in the section entitled "How our mind files and stores new information," he uses the Vehicle Information Number (VIN) to illustrate how our minds can learn easier and remember more information if we the complete the picture in our minds. For example, once we know that the first number of the VIN tells in which county our car was made, and the 10th number is the date of production, etc., our minds see the bigger picture and are more likely to remember this information.

Second, I found the "Unleash Your Inner Genius" section to be an unexpected gem. This deeper analysis of learning and knowledge, and the idea of tapping into the seemingly bottomless reservoir of amazing intelligence of the "subconscious" mind, reminded me of the writings of Carl Jung and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I read this book with my son in mind. He is scheduled to take his SAT test in the fall, and he already has the traditional SAT review books (Princeton Review, etc.), complete with practice test questions. However, I think that "The Test Slayers Handbook" will give him a unique boost so that he will be able walk into the testing center with supreme confidence.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Terry W. Sprouse, Lincoln-holic, Public Speaker on July 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
"The Test Slayers Handbook: How to Unleash Your Inner Genius" is a truly handy guide for anyone who is in the position where they must take a standardized test. I found the suggestions very logical and presented by an author who obviously has a strong background in both utilizing and teaching the test-taking techniques that he recommends.

The prescription that the author offers is effective, but it also takes active participation on the part of the test taker. It may seem like a dry topic, but the author's writing style, and his effective use of examples and humor makes for a surprisingly pleasant learning experience.

Two parts of the book really stood out to me.

First, in the section entitled "How our mind files and stores new information," he uses the Vehicle Information Number (VIN) to illustrate how our minds can learn easier and remember more information if we the complete the picture in our minds. For example, once we know that the first number of the VIN tells in which county our car was made, and the 10th number is the date of production, etc., our minds see the bigger picture and are more likely to remember this information.

Second, I found the "Unleash Your Inner Genius" section to be an unexpected gem. This deeper analysis of learning and knowledge, and the idea of tapping into the seemingly bottomless reservoir of amazing intelligence of the "subconscious" mind, reminded me of the writings of Carl Jung and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I read this book with my son in mind. He is scheduled to take his SAT test in the fall, and he already has the traditional SAT review books (Princeton Review, etc.), complete with practice test questions. However, I think that "The Test Slayers Handbook" will give him a unique boost so that he will be able walk into the testing center with supreme confidence.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gregory S. Kuhn on February 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Brian Menard's The Test Slayer's Handbook is top notch and worth your time and investment.

Let me begin by saying that I am an assistant principal at one of America's best high schools (duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY), as measured by US News and World Reports and Newsweek Magazine. Our school's student population is comprised of approximately 10% National Merit Semifinalists - a designation less than 1% of US high school students attain. I have worked with high achieving students with very high college aspirations for years; we send students to Ivy League colleges on a regular basis.

Obviously, for such high achieving students, standardized tests are of utmost importance - as their scores on the ACT and the SAT serve to not only separate them from their peers and gain admission to prestigious universities, but also allow them to win scholarships. Additionally, such students place an incredible weight upon their scores on Advanced Placement exams (administered by the college board) - as these scores not only have the potential to earn these students college credit, but also serve notice to colleges regarding the academic aptitude of the test takers. Finally, these students are also highly concerned with their GPA from their high school coursework - because GPA (for Advanced Placement courses, Advanced Program courses, and Honors course, respectively) helps students gain admission to universities and win scholarships as well.

What makes me such a fan of Menard's work is the way he teaches test takers to tap into the incredible power of the subconscious mind. Researchers have long known that we store every single experience and piece of information to which we are exposed during our lifetime.
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