Welcome back! How was your break?
I'm fresh from Part 1 of NBCE board exams. I'm still not sure
that I've recovered brain function--but I'm here. So, while I'm
still thinking about boards and analyzing my weekend experience,
I'll give all of you my thoughts on the matter. Here we go.
Andrea's Post-Board Decompression Thoughts
- No matter what you do or how long you study, there will be
something that you missed. It's OK. You're not alone in this. There
were lots of things that I missed. I hope it all comes out in the
wash. As with all exams of this nature--it's impossible to re-cover
- If there's a topic that you think you've "got," you HAVE to
study it again anyway. I don't know how many people I heard say, "I
thought I had (insert subject name here) down; man I wish I'd
studied that more." I felt the same way. The topics I thought I
"had" were the hardest for me. Other topics I knew I didn't
have--so I studied them more and I felt less uncomfortable in those
- These tests are NOT a good assessment of knowledge. They're
just board exams. Maybe the board thinks they're a good assessment
of knowledge--BUT, I kept thinking of how many exam questions I've
answered on those topics, and how many times I've thought how they
should've asked this or that and didn't. So take all of those
questions in all of those topics and reduce the number of questions
to 110 spanning entire areas of study. There are volumes of
information that aren't covered.
- If there's a topic that you know you are weak in--study it
harder (and then study it some more). There's no way to know what
topics, questions, areas within areas are going to be on the board.
They might harp on things you don't know or they might hand you all
the topics you do know with a big pretty bow on them. There's
absolutely no way of knowing. There were times when I was immensely
grateful for the types of questions I was being asked, and times
when I thought, "If I had another week to focus on THAT, then I
would've gotten a perfect score" (haha).
- Time passes much faster while filling in those dots than it
does anywhere else in the Universe. I would look at what seemed
like 5 minutes after starting the exam, and 45+ minutes had passed.
It really struck me during the first exam. Some tests are more
doable in the time given than others. Some people were ALWAYS done
with 30 or more minutes left. The first exam, I finished with
barely 3 minutes left. The last one I finished with 47 minutes
left. Some times the topic mattered and other times it didn't. The
number of questions was always the same. I think by the end I just
wanted to be "Done" (and so did everyone else).
- The whole 2 days is pretty surreal. It's not just that I was in
a different place with different people doing different things. The
weekend definitely had significance to it (other than that I was
taking boards LOL).
- It was definitely an experience.
St. Pete Marina
So, now I go headfirst into Tri 6! WOW! There are lots of
classes this tri. It seems that we're moving rooms nearly every
hour. I think it's going to go fast. Christmas will be here before
we know it.
Have a Great Tri, everybody. I'll see you next week!