• Give yourself lots of time to carefully review your notes and text books. Consider making some flash cards and brief study notes of key facts to remember. Try out some practice questions, using test question banks like iMCQ.
• Once you feel comfortable with the material, study with one or more of your peers. Review topics you are struggling with to increase your understanding, and trade off asking each other questions. This will help to identify any gaps in your knowledge for additional independent study.
• Make sure your partners have also prepared in advance, otherwise this could be a waste of your time.
We’ve all had experience with multiple choice tests. However, when passing the test is essential to obtaining a licence to practice as a pharmacist or to demonstrate continued competence, test anxiety starts to escalate. Preparation is a key component to exam success.
Here are some tips to help you prepare:
1) Simulate the exam experience.
• If the exam will be a closed-book exam, it is important to practice answering questions without access to your notes or text books.
• Practice answering questions that someone else has selected. You are not the one setting the exam questions, so asking yourself questions that you have developed on your own is usually a poor way to re-create the exam experience. Workbooks, accredited continuing education (CE) lesson test questions, and on-line test banks, like iMCQ, are essential tools to aid your preparations for the PEBC Qualifying exam or the OCP Quality Assurance Practice Review – they provide you with challenging practice questions, developed by content experts.
• Be sure to practice using questions based on Canadian content that is designed to assess the NAPRA professional competencies for Canadian pharmacists.