Well, I passed yesterday. So relieved to be done studying~!
About my studying; I graduated early May so gave myself 6 weeks for study. I used Fitzgerald audio CDs and the accompanying workbook probably three times though along with her Q&A book twice though. A couple weeks ago I purchased the AANP practice exam for $50 and scored 74. Several days ago I started looking though an APEA Q&A book but the material was in such detail. I was scoring in the 60's on the practice test which totally killed my confidence. At that point though I didn't want to change my date so I tried to disregard those scores and focus on what I felt least comfortable with in the last couple days, for me this was childood illnesses/rashes and BP medications who should and shouldn't be taking them..
The exam, in my opinion, was extremely straight forward with lots of big concepts and not too difficult. There was a good mix of questions, all of which were convered in my Fitz material. I finished in about 2 hours. There were of course a bunch (maybe a dozen) which I had no idea, couldn't even narrow it down to two, but that was rare.
I'd suggest not getting too granular when you study. Know the big concepts, the reccomendations and treatments by drug class for the select popluation. Also, I wouldn't suggest opening a entire new study guide two days before your exam
Jul 7, '13
by orangepink, NP
Congrats! I'm graduating in Dec as well. I have a few questions, if you don't mind answering them. I'm going to school full-time and this coming fall is my last semester so I was thinking of making the most out of all my free time and am planning on reviewing all throughout the fall semester.
-Do I really need 6 weeks to review?
-Did the test involve calculations?
-I bought the 3rd edition (that's pretty old right?) Fitzgerald workbook withOUT the CDs. Is the content of the CDs different from the content of the workbook itself?
-I'm on a budget right now so what would you recommend for review aside from the Fitzgerald package which should run up to $400, right?
-Oh and where did you purchase the AANP practice exam? Can you post a link?
Last edit by orangepink on Jul 7, '13
: Reason: grammar check