Makin Island Sailors Learn Ways to Improve Advancement Test Scores 
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) David P. McKee, USS Makin Island Public Affairs 
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At sea –- Sailors deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) learned new ways to prepare for the upcoming Navy advancement exams during a personal and professional development seminar held in the ship’s chapel, April 3.

The seminar allowed senior personnel to share their knowledge and helpful tips with junior Sailors. Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist (SW/IDW/AW) Cris Galvez, the leading chief petty officer for Makin Island’s operations department, facilitated the class to help give Sailors some insight into Navy exams.

“I wanted to give advancement examination training and to talk about how Navy advancement exams are written, so Sailors can best prepare themselves to be successful when preparing for advancement,” said Galvez, who has previously participated in a Navy advancement exam development conference as a subject matter expert.

Although the next exam cycle isn’t until September, Galvez said it’s never too early to start preparing.

Galvez told the Sailors to “think like a test writer” and look for the one right answer when studying. She said those answers are usually words that stand out in some way in the reference material, and when studying, Sailors should think of a question that could be asked about those standout words.

Galvez also told Sailors to keep their preparations as simple as possible and offered straight-forward advice for Sailors who want to be proactive about studying and advancing their careers.

“Study often, study early and be consistent,” said Galvez. “Get somebody to study with you because taking somebody with you is the quickest way to the top.”

Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Carlos Meza, one of the Sailors who attended the seminar, said the work put into preparing for an exam will definitely pay off in the end.

“Being a good test taker is a valuable asset when trying to advance in the Navy,” said Meza, who also offered his advice on how to prepare for an examination. “Take your time on the test and use the whole three hours.”

Makin Island is the first U.S. Navy ship to deploy using a hybrid-electric propulsion system. By using this unique propulsion system, the Navy expects over the course of the ship's lifecycle, to see fuel savings of more than $250 million, proving the Navy's commitment to energy awareness and conservation.

This initiative is one of many throughout the Navy and Marine Corps that will enable the Department of the Navy to achieve the secretary of the Navy's energy goals to improve our energy security and efficiency afloat and ashore, increase our energy independence and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy.

Makin Island is the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, currently supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
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