Board Exams

Good Morning. Another set of board exams are in the books! Congratulations to all the students who completed their boards this weekend. As soon as I walked out of that last exam on Sunday afternoon, it was as if a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. 

Being that I just took Parts II, III, and PT Boards, I figured I'd take the time this week to provide some insight on what the experience is all about, to hopefully save some of you some anxiety when it's your turn around.

First, the board exams are national standardized exams used to test the minimum competency of chiropractic students. These exams have no bearing on your scores or standing with NUHS; these are your licensure exams. Being that these are nationwide exams, there is a broad scope of questions, that are for the most part, a little more generalized than your specific class exams.

Each exam, for Parts I, II and PT, includes 110 questions and covers the entire scope of the specific subject. For example, for a Part I physiology exam, all of your trimester of physiology will be examined in 110 questions. What I'm trying to get at here is to know the underlying mechanisms of each subject and be able to reason out answers because there's simply too much information to cram into 110 questions, so the exam is somewhat general. This holds true for every Board exam I've taken thus far.

This past weekend the rest of the Tri 8 students and I ventured to Palmer Florida (the only Florida test site) near Daytona Beach to take our Part II, III, and PT board exams. We decided to get to our hotel the night before the exams on Thursday, rather than trying to drive into Daytona and go straight into exams. We also did this for Part I; it's not worth it to drive 3 hours and then try to take an exam. Just spend the extra money for one more night at the hotel; it will be cheaper than having to retake the exam.

Friday morning kicked off the first day of Part II. These exams are focused more on the clinical sciences and diagnosis and management. I felt very prepared for this part; National does a great job preparing us for this. (Not to knock the Palmer students, but I heard a lot of growls and complaining from some of them after these exams.) We finished up our Part II exam Saturday morning, and closed the afternoon with PT (physiotherapy). Saturday was probably the least stressful day, and Guy, Margot and I ended it celebrating St. Patty's Day with a few green beers.


Sunday rolled around and with it came Part III. Part III puts together Part II and PT in a more case-based aspect, testing your clinical knowledge on diagnosis and treatment. All in all, I felt pretty confident walking out of the test center on Sunday afternoon. I treated the exams like all tests I take, by preparing far in advance, and walking in confident that I know what I know. If you can master this, the pre-test anxiety is kept to a minimum.

I hope this entry helped, and if anyone out there has any questions on Boards, please don't hesitate to send me an email. I'm happy to answer any questions or provide any help I can.