How to pass the board or licensure exam? A question that is tricky as passing or failing the test.
Talking vaguely, if examinee comes prepared mentally, emotionally and spiritually, majority will say "nothing to worry about". Just wait for the announcement of results, with confidence that your name is included in the list of passers, or if you're much luckier, also in the list of topnotchers. But the main questions remain. How can you be prepared? What are the things you need to do to be called "Licensed Professional"? What is the formula for acing the board examinations?
Nobody knows the answers, except for those who already overcome the sleepless nights from preparation, to reviewing, up to waiting for exam results.
We ran a call from our Facebook Page members (mostly PRC board passers and once examinees) on their ideas, tips and suggestions on how to pass the board licensure examination and we're overwhelmed by their quick scholarly responses.
Hope the first timers will learn from their mixed experiences. [in no particular order]
"Set your mind that you are taking the exam. Review only when your mind is ready, do not push yourself too hard. I adhered to that while having my self-review and along the process, I learned to control pressure and master focus. Of course I prayed a lot. I didn't settle to trusting my self alone, I held onto Him and it gave me enough confidence to pass the exam." - Jek Rebancos
"Discipline yourself. As much as possible get rid of distractions like social media. Free yourself from negativism. Be optimistic. Humble yourself. Be open to new knowledge and don't act that you know everything. Don't be easily discouraged. Accept the fact that there are people better than you. Just be yourself. To God be the glory!" - Hannah Elizabeth Caintic
"If you are in a tight budget and cannot afford to send yourself to a review center, I suggest to barrow a reviewer from your friends and set a time table when to review. Do it as your daily routine ,just keep on reading and practicing it. Surely you can pass, that's what I did." - Phil De Souza
"Preparing for a licensure examination is tough. To succeed, you need to be prepared not only by reviewing but by taking care of yourself holistically. Eat healthy and exercise. Physical activity is important not only to prevent sickness but to ensure that your body is well oxygenated. Our brain needs more oxygen to function properly. Aim for the top. Your goal should be to top the examination not only to pass it. If you aim higher, you will review even harder. Remember, it wouldn't hurt to want to be on top because if you fail, you're sure to pass. Take practice tests everyday. This will not only improve your test taking strategies but will also prepare you for the long hours of the actual examination. Don't forget to take a break. Always dedicate a day to pamper yourself. Read a book, go see a movie, play sports with your friends! Reward yourself for the hard work you do on your reviews. This can help you breathe and prevent a burn out. Lastly, and the most important thing to remember, Pray. Pray not only to pass the examination but pray for God to sustain you while reviewing and give you the strength and wisdom in taking the examination." - Raizelyn Guinto Nagallo
"Don't end the day without reading some of your notes. Keep on reading and reading... work for it. Do that as your daily routine.Work for it as if everything depends on work and pray harder as if everything depends on prayer. Remember 1% is your effort on reading and 99% is prayer." - Krys Tal
"There's no exact routine that someone can give to another because we all have different ways to be efficient and effective but maybe the basic of it all would be, 1. If you're not confident enough with your foundation after graduation, go for a reputable review center because they could give you better handouts and lecturers. 2. Your focus on the review will come naturally and other pressures will fade away as you go on by so don't be afraid, just study. Exception is, you don't want to pass the board exam or you have too much distractions in your head. 3. Enjoy the review process. How? You do what makes you happy. Social media, eating, watching tv shows, etc. and simultaneously, study for the board exam. When you feel like studying, study and when you feel tired and you want to do your hobbies, then do them. Unless, you're that serious like you want to top the board. It's your call. 4. I am not for praying but to tell you, I did pray the evening before the exam date. So pray that you'll be given peace of mind and that nothing else would hinder you from answering the exams." - Lorence Dave De Castro
"Your brain is your primary weapon in this battle. Be sure that it is well fed. Supply your brain with nutritious foods you eat and drink a lot of water to keep you hydrated. Don't forget to pray, it is very powerful indeed." - Vindell Singco
"We have 24 hours a day, divide it by 3, 8 hours for sleep, 8 hours for other things and another 8 hours for reviewing/studying/solving. Use your time wisely." - Louie Albert Galila
Exam Proper. "Reading without moving your lips is better than reading aloud because you read faster. This is important especially when you take speed test like LET and Civil Service Exam." - Abdulbasit Lain
"If you have a dream, go for it, hold on to it. Keep trying and don't give up until you reach it. Always remember that there’s no limit to what you can do if you keep believing in yourself." - Khen De Ocampo
"Just be yourself in taking the exam and do not be too much confident because, at the end if you fail, it's so embarrassing and its true! do whatever you can do, accept the outcome wether you pass or not, lastly, the most important thing is do not give up if you fail..Just try and try until you pass, God has its purpose for everything." - Charmain Pinote
"How to attain success? Pray to God, never pull other people down, never think that life is a competition, help, coordinate and cooperate, put your feet on the ground, remember where you came from, give yourself a break, remember that there are a lot of people behind you, cheering for you. Believe that with God nothing is impossible and never give up." - Randolf Pad Re Quitevis
"Not everything you studied in review center comes out in the actual board exams, that is why it is important that you have idea of everything.. Always go back to your foundations. Because the questions are purely basic, but too hard to comprehend.
In answering, eliminate first, the two obviously wrong choices so you can come up with 50% of chance of getting the correct answer. In choosing between the two remaining answers always choose the one that is completely related and closely related.. (This applies when you don;t know the topic) but the bottom line is. Always know the basic concept of the topic.
"Seek the Lord's guidance. Pray before, during and after the exam. Believe in God that you can do it, believe also in yourself. Stay fit. Eat healthy and rich in protein foods, stay out of junk food and soft drinks while reviewing and sleep early, wake up early. Focus. Put your mind in the present situation and always remind yourself of your goal, to pass the board exam. Laugh. Loosen up and give yourself sometime to recreate like watch a comedy show, listen to comforting music or play small games.Comprehend. Understand what you're reading don't just memorize but find creative ways to remember easily what you already studied. like mnemonics. As long as you put your mind into it, you can do it. What the mind conceive the body achieves." - Keziah Galay
"First, pray before anything else. Discipline yourself to focus on the subjects that you are weak. Clear up your mind by not thinking stressful events in your life. Have a balanced diet. Make friends because laughter is the best medicine and most of all enjoy yourself reading a lot of books that can add knowledge to your brain." - Rachel Padron
"Ask it from our Savior. Don't let your plans, dreams and goals be the like instead make it happen, turn it into reality. Be optimistic and prayerful at all times. Keep the faith, positive attitude and tenacity burning. If u really want to pass or more than that, dont waste time. Prepare now! In the end, if it is yours, it will always be yours." - Qarlisle Blü
"Be physically, mentally, emotionally, and most especially spiritually ready. No challenges are big if you let God handle your fears. Train and discipline yourself to be devoted and motivated in passing the exam look for something or someone that inspires you the most to do what it takes to pass." - Arlene Grace Castro
"Never give up. Pray to God" - Alma Cailo Egot
You may agree or disagree to these ideas but if you have reactions or something to share, feel free to use the comment box below.