How to pass the board exam was one of the question I had in mind when I took the board exam for engineers way back 2003. Luckily, I passed the exam on the first take. Have you asked yourself “do I really need to pass the board exam?” It depends. If you belong to technical courses like engineering, there are some companies which do not require for an applicant to pass the licensure exam although most of the time they would say it is an advantage. For an accounting graduate, you can apply for a job that does not require a CPA license but then your privileges are on hold. For medical and educational courses, license is really a big deal. So you really have to pass the licensure / board exam.
What I did to pass the board / Licensure exam
I attended a review center course.
At school, most of the time our professor would teach us about solving problems based on what the book says, but in the review class you would learn almost every technique to reduce time in solving particular problem. Also, it would give you tips about the trend of questions during the actual exam. There are two ways in choosing the review center. First, I asked my schoolmates ahead of me who already passed the exam about their preferred review center. Second, I did research about the existing review centers. Let your fingers do the walking. Choose a review center that is already in the field for so many years because they are most experienced.
I attend refresher course (optional)
On this course, simulations of the actual exam are being done. So I answered the questions on the best that I could. I focused and took it seriously because I’ll never know if that will appear in the real board exam. I know a friend who did not take the course who actually became number 3 on board exam.
During the review, I don’t overwork myself. I don’t stay up late at night, it would affect my ability to memorize formulas and terms.
What I did religiously to pass the board exam
Prayers can move mountain. I prayed double time, believing and trusting Him. As the verse in bible says “And all things you ask in prayer, believe and you shall receive.” Matthew 21:22. I attended novena to St. Jude Thadeus, it would only consume an hour of a week for nine days.
Before the board exam
I visited the location of the school so that during the exam I won’t be rushing looking for the place. Knowing the place helped me to feel very prepared on that day.
During the Board Exam
I woke up early and I arrived at the place 30 minutes before the exam time. I also wore comfortable clothes or in some case you can wear the prescribed uniform. The exam consumed for about 8 hours, so I bought Gatorade and mammon just to keep my stomach alive and kicking. I did it for 3 consecutive days.
Before I start the test, I prayed that all of the questions listed on the board exam were those I reviewed.
Let me remind to my readers that always follow instructions in answering the test papers. Use your time well and don’t be over confident.
This is how I pass the board exam.