Ultimate Guide: How to Pass Board Licensure Exam?

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 to 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 previous examinees) on their ideas, tips and suggestions on how to pass the board licensure examination and we’re overwhelmed by their quick scholarly responses.

The secrets were revealed! Hope the first timers will learn from this ultimate guide. Here are the tips on passing the board exams, in no particular order.

SEE ALSO: How an Examinee Prepares for Board Exam?

1. 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

2. Have a self discipline.

“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 

3. Be resourceful in having review materials.

“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

“I would like to encourage those who can’t afford to pay review centers like me to take a risk. Ask them if you can borrow and photocopy their notes and books, focus on your major 💗, don’t force yourself to review when you’re not in mood, always eat chocolates but not too much, avoid bad vibes, do pre-test, read read read, then post test, then read again, then post test again, (biggest tip for self reviews, join group reviews, it is the main reason why i passed the LET) and most of all pray to our Almighty God, seek him with all your heart and he will grant your dream” – John Francis Masmela Ortiz 

4. Preparation is always the key.

“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

“Mental hygiene first.Practice EFT emotional freedom technique to shed off anxiety. Aim for an A so study for an A.  Study smart. Write key concepts, our memory receptors are in our fingerstips. I have notebook for each subject….PRAY and Novena.” – LeyYah Bautista

“Study hard but not too hard. You can start alloting an hour per day then gradually increase it. Find your peak time, think of your reasons. Lastly, pray that you’ll be granted with the blessing to pass the boards cause He knows that you did your part as well.” – Kristhyl Mae Caneda

“Study well. As a passer who self-reviewed, I forced myself to study-memorize and familiriaze- all possible questions. During the exam, I wasn’t nervous at all because I also prayed to Him to guide me. There were difficult questions but always have sound bases in selecting your answers. Be calm so you can think clearly. The right answer will show itself to you.” – Zeus Ian A. Duarte

Passing the board exam isn’t like winning in the lotto where you just bet for your favorite numbers without taking so much effort. Preparation is always the key. – Anonymous

5. Review and keep on reading.

“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

6. Be confident and optimistic that you will make it.

“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

“Review when you feel like doing it, do not force yourself. Find your most convenient time of reviewing do not imitate others learning style, we are individually different. Before the day of the exam just relax and worry nothing, cast all your worries to the Lord. Be confident of what you know and the love of God to you. Be confident but be humble, pray for your success and your fellow takers.” – Abigale Sabado Tagala

7. Relax your body and mind and don’t be pressured.

During exam. Just relax your mind. Don’t be pressured. Consume your time wisely. Make sure that all numbers have shaded letter. Pray before you read the first question. If you are in rush, and you have a lot of questions to answer, shade only one letter for all unanswered questions. If you are a first time taker, it’s better for you to enroll in a review center for you to know what are the do’s and don’t’s during exam. For you also to be knowledgeable about what are the focused area and possible questions. Above these all have faith with God. He will guide you during exam. God is the best! Trust him – Joy Ann Advento 

Schedule the time on what subjects to review, divide the time according to the weights of the subjects. If your body and heart doesn’t feel like reviewing, don’t. Don’t push yourself, it would be useless. Don’t be pressured by your peers, you know your learning style. For once in a while, take breaks. Eat, sleep, do nothing, our body and mind needs rest and treats too, it can also help you emotionally. The Law of Attraction, positive thoughts lead to positive outcomes. And just keep the faith and always pray. Keep yourself healthy holistically. – Schwyn Sagosa Sarabia

8. Always be humble.

“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 

9. Know a little bit of everything

“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.

On the day of board exam, pray first. Be early in the testing site. Tone down your anxiety by smiling or praying on your seat. Avoid unnecessary talks with people who releases their anxiety because anxiety is contagious. Follow instructions. Be careful with your answer sheet. Read the question carefully as much as possible read it louder where you can hear it, so the comprehension is more better, but not loud that it may disturb others. As much as possible, rationalize your answer, if unsure. Don’t change your first answer. (Especially if its a guess) Your first answer is an instinct, answer that your brain remembers. Trust your instincts. Answer that is closely related to the question. Encircle the clue words, and underline the main question in the question.

If nerves attack while answering pause for a minute take a deep breath and answer again. Focus is much needed. Avoid questioning the question. As much as possible to avoid sleepiness, don’t lean on the back of the chair. Seat only leaning on the arm but not on your back. Have your watch facing you to be able to monitor the time. Lastly, pray before passing your sheet and in all circumstances. Because in the end, only God will determine if you will pass or not. Always answer within the concept and you can never go wrong.” – Fam Fam

10. Know the methods of previous passers.

“One of the best methods that I’ve learned is to look not for the answer right away. Try to look first for the wrong choices. Because if you know what is wrong from the choices then there will a greater chance that you can get the correct answer. Aside from that, weigh your answer. If you don’t know the answer, follow your guts. Follow what your heart is saying because most of the time it is correct. The most important thing is that you should have faith. Have faith in your self that you can, don’t ever doubt and have faith in God. He will help us. He will give us what we ask for. He will always be there for us. Just pray and believe.” – Samantha Castillo Escabosa

11. Don’t forget to pray.

“Prayer is the key. I don’t really have time to study that much because of my hectic schedule. But one thing that I never forgotten — to PRAY. Humbling myself in front of the Lord admitting that I cannot pass the exam without His mercy and by surrendering everything in His hands.” – Christine Carino Latuga

“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.

156 comments… add one
  • Anonymous Jun 28, 2018 @ 10:41

    Amen! We need also to accept Jesus Christ as our Personal Lord and Savior. God is omnicient,ompnipotent,and omnipresence. God is with us! God bless us all. 🙂 I WILL PASS THE BOARD EXAM THIS YEAR,2018 BY HIS GRACE 🙂

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2018 @ 9:29

    Prc,Salamat po sa mga tip. Sana pumasa kami ng ate ko para sumaya naman ang magulang namin ate ko 5yrs na sya nag exam at ako naman 2yrs na. Gusto ko pumasa para masuklian ko naman ang magulang ko may nabasa ako sa tip nyo na kong walang budget manghiram na lang ganun ginagawa ko kasi wala naman akong trabaho para mag review center.

  • Unknown Aug 31, 2018 @ 12:25

    Thank you, I hope reading this again I'm already a LPT passer with my sister this November. God will provide.🙏🙏-GGP

  • Anonymous Sep 5, 2018 @ 0:06

    thanks a lot PRC for motivating and inspiring me i hope and i pray for the positive outcome! in his perfect time. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

  • Unknown Sep 12, 2018 @ 8:55

    Thank You and God Bless us all !!

  • titi Sep 22, 2018 @ 13:27

    di pa ko nagrereview hhh kaloka

  • Anonymous Sep 22, 2018 @ 13:41

    Thank you for your tips! God bless us all! <3

  • Unknown Sep 24, 2018 @ 21:02

    Thank u Lord God. I trust u, ipapasa ko ito. Just please guide me po.

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  • CSPL Dec 8, 2018 @ 14:54

    First, look for a reliable review center. It might be costly for some but you have to invest on it because you're preparing for better future you are dreaming of.Relying alone with your own capacity could not suffice the skills and knowledge you need on the actual exam.

    Second, join a group with same vision as yours. A group of individuals possessing positive vibes. You have to have a group whose member support each other. DOING a group study is a big plus during the review because you are practicing to open up and absorbing new ideas,techniquestyles/strategies on how to further improve ur metacognition skills."Two heads are better than one."
    Be generous to share what you know because each of you is in the phase of exploring and collecting relevant information.

    Third, focus during the review. Listen very carefully to your lecturers because once they are there infront of u and begin to open their mouth , every word comes out from them is very vital. They know what you need so follow what they say. You might not like some of them but still you have to love and respect them because you only have one big goal- to get the license. And they are more than willing to help you.

    Fourth, dont just study at the review center room. Upon reaching home, take some rest, refresh yourself and after awhile get back to your business. Study the materials you have at hand. I do this from 7pm until 2am and beyond but you dont have to follow this because each of you has different priorities but please allocate time every night and every day to study/review/read at least a minumum of 2 hours.

    Fifth, before you jump to other materials/resources be sure that you have mastered the materials given to you by your review center ( go to the most reliable one, i know you know the review center i am referring to ).

    Sixth, take supplements that will flourish your body and mind. Example vitamin B complex but be sure that you have read first its indications or BETTER ask from PROFESSIONALS before taking it or anything.

    Seventh, dont forget to enjoy even how busy you are. Once in a while treat yourself for the job well done. It will give u more drive to continue doing ur best.

    Eighth, practice and master the art of shading. Get a copy of PRC answer sheet ( downloadable or ur review center will provide )

    Ninth, Never forget to pray before, during and after the whole process of this journey.
    Every night before u sleep, pray.
    Every day upon waking up, pray.

    Prayer is always the best armor in everyday's life battle.
    Pray from the bottom of your heart.
    Tell to God why you need it.
    Tell to God your purspose.
    Open up your heart and never doubt.
    Your faith will take you there.

    P.S. during the exam, keep your self calm and relax.
    Handle your answer sheet carefully and gently.
    Shade the box with proper amount of pressure on it.
    Avoid or never erase during the actual exam (unless otherwise you are certain)

    Again pray for the holy spirit to guide u althroughout (proven and tested/no one can question)

    Goodluck and Godbless

    CHARLIE S. LORICA LPT102018

  • Unknown Dec 8, 2018 @ 16:24

    FAITH

    The board exam is not just a test to have your license, but also a test of faith. If you were to take an exam, always have the faith: (1) faith in God because without him, we are nothing, (2) faith in yourself that you can do it and pass. Don't doubt yourself because when you do, your mind will have a bad setting. Pray and ask guidance. Don't doubt coz when you do, their is no sense of praying. Remember that FAITH IS THE ABSENCE OF DOUBT.

  • Unknown Dec 9, 2018 @ 3:53

    I'd like to give a pieceful advice:- I'm a first taker who never thought could make it ^^

    If you are not ready to take the board, then take a risk. You will never know when your motivation strikes within you. You'd learn to enjoy joining in the review center, being studios and becoming a geek that you never thought you would be ✌ Pressure is a lot to take in. I stayed away from it, trying to be independent and worked to my dreamed job. Yes, it was lonely, but I found a cozy place surrounded with optimistic people.
    Don't study if you don't want to. You'll know if you want to study if you felt like the books are the ones staring at you. Buy foodies! Listen to music, surf the internet, sleep. Let the conscience kick you out of it 😉 It wouldn't hurt to give an hour to read. Most of all, pray, silently scream your God's name and say your prayers. I honestly wasn't positive at all right after the exam until the release of result but someone is believing in you when you yourself won't believe you can do it 🙂

  • Unknown Jan 16, 2019 @ 3:43

    Thanks a lot for this opportunity Prc, it can help me a lot and not only me also for those who want to
    Need help, God bless us all

  • Unknown Jan 17, 2019 @ 14:53

    I will pass nor top the board exam by God's grace ❤💪 I can do all thing's through christ 👍🙏💪
    -AMEN

  • Unknown Feb 2, 2019 @ 13:26

    God be with me all the time. I trust you so much with all my heart. Let me pass this exam not just for myself but also for my parents who dreamt for my success. I really need you for this challenge. I really need you all the time. I really need you in my whole life be with me our almighty father. Be with me! I need you, we need you. Please let me be a licensed teacher. In Jesus name Amen!

  • Unknown Mar 18, 2019 @ 21:39

    Thank you so much for all the tips how to pass the LET it's a big help for me. God bless us all.

  • Unknown May 28, 2019 @ 12:39

    I believe that I will pass the LET, not only pass but to be on TOP.

  • Anonymous Jun 12, 2019 @ 13:42

    Thank you for the tips, to God be the glory goodluck to us

  • Unknown Jun 27, 2019 @ 8:29

    I believe in God's perfect timing 🙂 thank you for the tips.. it helps a lot

  • Elmar Achazo Sep 8, 2019 @ 12:40

    Thank You very much PRC, yes it's true that you will give us questions but You dont want to let us down so you're giving us tips , and it's very helpful and worth motivating, I know that english majorship is difficult but I know Almighty God will help me to be the top 1 this september 29, 2019, AMEN. Thank you and God bless! ������������

  • Unknown Sep 13, 2019 @ 12:36

    Thankyou So much PRC! God Bless 💟💟

  • Unknown Sep 25, 2019 @ 7:34

    Thank you PRC to God be the Glory. Salamat sa mga tips.

    • Admin Sep 25, 2019 @ 7:37

      Welcome. Good luck on your exams!

  • Unknown Oct 22, 2019 @ 9:08

    TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!

  • Anonymous Oct 24, 2019 @ 23:05

    Thankyou for you TIPS , I will pass the MLE In Shaa Allah☝

  • Unknown Nov 25, 2019 @ 11:00

    Thank you for the tips TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

  • Unknown Dec 4, 2019 @ 5:02

    In God's will I will top/pass the march 2020 LET EXAMINATION.
    TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

  • Unknown Dec 6, 2019 @ 8:04

    Now everything is clear.Thank you for the tips. I know God will help me to pass the board exam this coming MARCH 2020. GOD BLESS US!!!

  • Unknown Jan 22, 2020 @ 5:28

    Thank you for sharing your motivations😊 I learned a lot esp how to overcome my weaknesses😢 this tips keep me motivated despite my fears to take the board exam for the 3rd time around😭.. Glory to God😇

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2020 @ 10:38

    GLORY TO GOD in the HIGHEST! Amen 🙂

  • Unknown Feb 27, 2020 @ 6:31

    Thank you for the motivation. There's no reason why i can't pass the let. This license is not just for me, but also for my family. God will blessed us and PASS THE LET 😇

  • Unknown Feb 27, 2020 @ 11:48

    Thankyou for the motivation PRC it really helps me a lot. The Glory and Honor will be HIM (above) forever. Goodluck Takers.

  • Loiss Mar 18, 2020 @ 11:12

    Thanx a lot now i had everything clear.lunchtime results

  • Unknown Aug 24, 2020 @ 1:33

    Tuloy po b ang exam this coming November 29 to December 1? Paki sagot namn po malayo pa kz aq

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  • Anonymous Jun 24, 2021 @ 12:17

    Papasa po ako, papasa kami. Alam kong kasama namin si God. Thank you po sa mga Tips God Bless you all 😇

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  • unknown Jun 25, 2021 @ 0:45

    Thank you for the motivation! I will claim it. RN so soon <3

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  • Anonymous Jun 27, 2021 @ 18:16

    Thank you for the motivation PRC

  • Anonymous LET Taker Jun 28, 2021 @ 9:31

    Daghang Salamat.❤️🙏

  • YAPAY:) Jun 29, 2021 @ 16:44

    MARAMING SALAMAT PO SOBRANG NAKAKA MOTIVATE 🙂

  • Anonymous Jul 6, 2021 @ 8:55

    Thank you PRC for the guidance and motivation. Godbless

  • Anonymous Jul 13, 2021 @ 12:57

    PAPASA AKO! bc God’s grace is IMMEASURABLE 🙂

    • Anonymous Jul 16, 2021 @ 19:18

      The most important thing we need to do is to pray! I AGREE with that, because God is in control. Godbless everyone😇

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  • Guilbert Jul 26, 2021 @ 20:58

    Salamat po ng Marami sa mga Tips po na ni share nyo sa amin malaking tulong po to sa pag take po namin ng LET Exam po SALAMAT PO SA INYO

  • Jerol Aug 1, 2021 @ 23:37

    Thank you so much PRC sa mga tips. Malaking tulong po ito sa mga katulad kong mga mag eexam. Thanks and God bless

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  • Diaz Adrian Aug 28, 2021 @ 20:26

    Thank You PRC for inspiring me 🙂

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