What is an A&P Lab Exam Like?

  1. What is an A&P lab exam like? I am asking this question, as this is the first time I have ever taken a college level science with an accompanying lab. Do I have to memorize diagrams? Do I need to memorize all the parts on the models?
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  3. by   destined2bCRNA
    I had A&P I and am now taking A&P II. The lab exams were the same although I took A&P 1 at a community college and am taking A&P II at a large University. You have to identify what your are looking at from microscopic slides, identify structures on models, and you have to identify structures on cadevers (if your college uses them- my cc did not, but my University does).
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from destined2bCRNA
    I had A&P I and am now taking A&P II. The lab exams were the same although I took A&P 1 at a community college and am taking A&P II at a large University. You have to identify what your are looking at from microscopic slides, identify structures on models, and you have to identify structures on cadevers (if your college uses them- my cc did not, but my University does).
    Thanks. Your response was rather helpful.
  5. by   Jilaweez
    My lab exams were set up at stations. Each station had different bones, microscopes, cadavers, sheep eyes, whatever was covered in lab. We had to name parts the that were labeled with little stickers or toothpicks. It was very cool. Good luck with your first lab exam!
  6. by   Soup Turtle
    We didn't have cadavers, but we did have some sheep and cow parts. We used models and slides, otherwise. You had to memorize each "part" and recall it from memory. (no word list or multiple choice) If you spelled it wrong, you got it wrong. There were several stations set up and we rotated every two minutes. There is a LOT to memorize, but it's pretty mindless.
  7. by   opradiva
    Quote from Jilaweez
    My lab exams were set up at stations. Each station had different bones, microscopes, cadavers, sheep eyes, whatever was covered in lab. We had to name parts the that were labeled with little stickers or toothpicks. It was very cool. Good luck with your first lab exam!

    Yes, my lab exams are the same as the above.

    We have 25 stations, and we must identify what we see. Challenging, but fun, too!!

    opradiva
  8. by   NightOwl0624
    The hardest part of our lab exams, for me, was identifying slides through the microscope. I found that really hard to study for, and everything tended to look the same for me. Other than that, our professor prepared us so well for the exams that they were fairly easy. Some diagrams to fill in, some parts to identify, and some slides to look at. Good luck!
  9. by   Lucyinthesky
    My A & P lab exams were similar as they were set up in stations but they were at least multiple choice which helps narrow it down if you're not sure. The hardest part for me was the 1 minute time limit before we changed stations... also the fact that you cannot go back to any stations once you've visited them. I would start to second guess myself and want to take one more look at a slide or model and you weren't allowed. I ended up with an A but I studied alot!
  10. by   mvanz9999
    My experience is the same as the others. Lab classes usually have stations setup with either actual body parts or slides and you have 1 minute to look at the object and write down what it is.
  11. by   MB37
    At my school we take even our lab exams in the computer lab. We do no dissections and only had models for the skull. We just study diagrams and memorize locations of structures on 2d pictures. We had cadavers at my first school (in NO, Katrina made me move away) so this was a pretty drastic change. I don't really have a choice about it, but if I did I'd rather have my cadaver back.
  12. by   puresass
    my lab exams were different than everyone elses... our teacher had the entire class buy USB flashdrives & upload powerpoints that he gave us with thousands of pictures of structures. for our lab exams, he'd do a slide show with pictures of structures (not necessarily the same pictures he gave us to study in the powerpoints) & we had to identify them. there were hundreds of possible structures to memorize in each section & we were tested on 50. spelling counted. if you misspelled an answer, it was wrong. they were REALLY difficult & stressful tests (i studied weeks ahead of time for hours a day), but definitely interesting & kind of fun.
  13. by   MIKelly
    For exams the lab room was set up with 50 items that had numbered stickers on them (the charts, models, specimens). We had two questions at 25 "stations" that were multiple choice and we had 1.5 minutes to answer the two questions. I thought they were fun ! We didn't do much microscope stuff, thank goodness.
  14. by   prinsessa
    We had a couple of different kind of lab exams. One we had to identify part on bones that were set up in different stations. It wasn't that hard, but the teacher had a buzzer that went off every couple of minutes. Just thinking about that buzzer going off made me nervous. We also had to identify different kind of tissues and organs from slides. Then we had to tell what each tissue or organ did. It was hard because if you got the slide wrong then you got the whole question wrong. Luckily I didn't get any wrong. I studied slides off the internet for weeks for that exam. Good luck!

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