Hi everyone! Just wanted to give my two cents about passing the AANP boards Jan 2018. Study wise I took the online Fitzgerald review as required by my program. I also used Maria Leik's book and Hollier's book, answering everything in all of them. I think Fitzgerald is really good, interesting to listen to, and her content is relevant, but for testing, it's overload. As a prior educator, I think the more you know the better and cram sessions are not going to help.
I thought Liek's end of chapter knowledge points are totally on-point. I did not have one diagram on my test and my test covered lots of gero, peds, women's health, urology, pharmacology, and well....family practice in general. No surprise there. Question wise, I was really excited about the "mark" button to come back to questions as there were 8 I needed to re-visit at the end. I'm a fast test-taker and completed some predictor exams from FHEA, HESI, and APEA finishing in 65-73 minutes. Predictor wise- I scored above 73% on half. First predictor I scored 68% and remediated for 4 weeks before taking the other predictors. My last predictor, the day prior to testing, I had a horrific head cold and scored "at-risk." My brains were fuzzy and although I wanted to push the test back until I was well, it was too close to test time and they won't let you reschedule if there's less than 48 hrs to test taking. The AANP took me 143 minutes total. The head cold kicked in around question 86 when I decided to break to splash water on my face and do jumping jacks in the restroom. Worked wonders!
The questions on the exam are how Fitzgerald explains. Meaning, when I got a question, you need to read each one thoroughly because as an educator, I actually saw the distractors and first picked the wrong answers. When I would re-read the question and answer choices, my whole opinion about approaching the question changed. Another author described thinking about the questions as, okay chronic vs acute prostatitis....what are the differences in presentation, in treatment, with penicillin-allergies, etc. After you know these things specifically, then answering the question is completely rational with the choices presented. Question-wise, my questions were closely worded to Hollier's book. After reading all these books and answering all the questions, I can say there were 3 questions that were word-for-word out of the books, while probably three more were similar in content. Not one book was better for answering my questions in all honesty.
Just wanted to say that waiting for the test results was the very longest 2 minutes of my life. Hell, giving birth seemed faster and easier. Lol! Take your time and read carefully to one self. I didn't think it was that bad looking back a few days later. I do plan to also sit for ANCC. I think it's weird how some nurses say "Don't even waste your time with the AANP, because ANCC is more relevant." I think it's all relative and I just happened to get a test-date for AANP first and this is allowing me to obtain my license, so that is why I took AANP first. It's just another test...take predictor exams, if you believe in them, at the same time you are scheduled for the real test. EBP says testing prior to 10 am produces better test scores. To each his own and be the practitioner you always dreamed about!