I’m a bit okay now. Moving on, here’s a list of test-taking tips for my former students and reviewees who are about to take the local and foreign nursing boards. These tips were sourced from a review book of Rinehart, Sloan and Hurd.
1. TAKE DEEP BREATHS AND IMAGINE YOURSELF STUDYING IN YOUR FAVORITE LOCATION. -Take small item with you that you have had with you during your study time.
2. READ THE QUESTIONS AND ALL ANSWERS CAREFULLY. -Don’t jump to conclusions too quickly.
3. LOOK FOR KEYWORDS. -Avoid answers that include the word ALWAYS, NEVER, ALL, EVERY, ONLY, MUST, NO, EXCEPT, or NONE.
4. WATCH FOR SPECIFIC DETAILS. -Avoid vague answers. Look for adjectives and adverbs.
5. ELIMINATE ANSWERS THAT ARE CLEARLY WRONG OR INCORRECT. -Eliminating any incorrect answers increases the probability of selecting the correct answer by 25%.
6. LOOK FOR INFORMATION GIVEN WITHIN THE ANSWERS.
7. LOOK FOR THE SAME OR SIMILAR WORDING IN THE QUESTION AND THE ANSWERS.
8. WATCH FOR GRAMMATICAL INCONSISTENCIES. -Subjects and verbs should agree, meaning singular subject, singular verb, or plural subject, plural verb. If the question is an incomplete sentence, the correct answer should complete the question in a grammatically correct manner.
9. DON’T READ INTO QUESTIONS. -Reading into the question can create errors in judgment. If the question asks for an immediate response or PRIORITIZATION of action, choose the answers that is CRITICAL to the life and safety of the client.
10. MAKE AN EDUCATED GUESS. -If you’re unsure after carefully reading the question and all the answers, choose the answer with the most information.