April Showers Bring May Flowers

By Michele Papakie, D.Sc., APR

APR Month Brings “MAYbe I’ll Consider Doing That!”

If you have at least five years of professional PR experience under your belt, you should consider earning your accreditation in public relations. 

What’s involved? 

First you apply. Next, you prepare and make a presentation to a panel of APRs. Finally, you take a proctored exam. 

“Wait, did you say I have to take a test?!”

Let’s take some of the mystery out of the accreditation examination.

Start by taking 20-question Prometric online sample test. There are 132 questions on the actual APR exam that will test your knowledge in six areas. You only need to get 82 correct to score a 62% and pass. Did I mention there is NO MATH on the test? It’s way more fun than any SAT or GRE you have taken.

“OK, so that was a sample of the test. That wasn’t so bad. What else is on there?”

Check out the 161-page study guide you will use to prepare for the test. Before I applied to begin my APR journey, I read the study guide and thought, “Hey! I know a lot of this stuff, and I do it every day. I’m going to go for it.”

The rest is history.

If I can do this, you can do this. 

If you choose to go for it, know you’re not alone. I am here to help. Reach out to me anytime for more information, michelepapakie@gmail.com.

Michele is the Accreditation Chair for PRSA Pittsburgh. She is an associate professor of strategic communication and media at Slippery Rock University. She earned her APR during the pandemic in August 2020.


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