Read the entire certification question before looking at any of the answers.
This practice allows you time to think about what the question is asking prior to answering. Use a piece of paper or your hand to cover the answers. Now, read the question and formulate an answer in your mind prior to selecting an answer.
This way you won’t get confused by the answer choices. If you can see your answer in the options, you can answer faster and more confidently. Otherwise, treat each option as a “true” or “false” question and take the one that is the truest.
As you read the question make sure to pay attention to keywords, and qualifiers. Keywords are those that help to specify what the question is asking. Words such as ALL, NEVER, and ALWAYS are absolute words that are usually incorrect. It is a rare situation where ALL patients have the same symptoms or treatment.
Some words you are likely to see are: BEST or FIRST. These words indicate ranking. BEST is asking for the most desirable choice. BEST also indicates that all the answers are true, but one is more accurate or desirable than the others. FIRST indicates prioritization. In either case, rank order the answers using mechanisms such as the ABCs, or Mazlow’s Hierarchy.
In every case read the question carefully and consider all the answer choices. Practice exams and quizzes are one of the best methods of preparing for success on certification exams. Most importantly, plan to study with us to ensure your success. We are committed to your success, helping every step of the way.