NAPLEX Study Tips
It is important to focus on your own areas of weakness. To help you do so, keep the following in mind:
Key Steps Toward Preparedness
Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Review your weakest subjects first. The best way to identify your weaknesses is through practice exams.
Practice calculations to increase your confidence.
Schedule extra time before your testing date to revisit your weaker areas.
Complete the practice test under real exam conditions.
Order and complete the Pre-NAPLEX exam, available from NABP.
When you review the practice exams, make sure you understand why your incorrect answer choices were incorrect.
Be sure you understand why you missed a question. Did you simply forget a fact? Choose your answer too quickly? Misunderstand the question? Miss an important clue within the question? Finally, do you keep making the same mistakes over and over? If so, it is important to spend more time on those areas.
During the exam, there are sure to be some questions that stump you. For those, just narrow down the choices and take your best guess. You don’t want to spend too much time analyzing a question you do not know and then run out of time toward the end of the exam. Remember, you cannot simply leave a question blank, so in some shape or form, you’ll have to take your best guess.
Keep in mind that 50 experimental questions are not calculated into your score, so if you answer a few questions incorrectly, it’s possible that they won’t be scored at all.
When you just don’t know the answer: narrow the answer choices to two likely choices, then use the “upper, then lower” decision rule to select one of them. This rule means you alternate your guess, using the upper choice the first time you are stuck, then the lower choice the next time you are stuck. This technique helps keep you moving forward.
The most important decision you can make in your studying process is to have a positive attitude, especially on test day. Remember this:
- The odds are on your side; around 93% of pharmacy graduates pass the NAPLEX.
- This is a minimal competency exam.
- You spent a minimum of 6 years in school to become a pharmacist. If you did that, you can conquer this exam!
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