5 Effective Tips on How to Pass The Board Exam in One Take

How to pass the board exam? Here are 5 simple yet effective tips on how you can pass the PRC exam. It was also one of the questions I had in mind when I took the licensure exam for engineers way back some years ago. I am proud to say that I passed it on the first take.

Have you asked yourself “do I really need to pass the board exam?” the answer is “it depends.” If you belong to technical courses like engineering, there are some companies that do not require an applicant to pass the licensure exam although most of the time they would say it is an advantage.

Salary wise, passing the board exams is really an advantage because you can receive a slightly higher salary offer as compared to other applicants who do not have a license. For an accountancy graduate, you can apply for a job that does not require a CPA license but then your privileges are on hold.

For teachers, I think in order to apply for a job you also really have to pass the Licensure Exam for Teachers ( LET ). For medical courses (Doctors, Nurse, Physical Therapy, MedTech) having a valid PRC license is really a big deal. As far as I know, you cannot practice your profession without your license so you really have to pass the licensure examination.

Are you ready to read my tips on how to pass the board exam? Read the five simple things I did to pass the board exam including tricks and prayers below.

Read: PRC Online Application for Board Exam: Guide for First Timers

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Top 5 Tips I did to pass the PRC Board / Licensure Exam

1. First thing I did to pass the board exam is to attend a review center course

At school, most of the time our professors 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 a particular problem. They would also derive every formula in the book so you can better understand where are all those formulas are coming from. Also, the instructors in the review center would give you tips about the trend of questions during the actual exam.

There are three ways of 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 for my field. Let your fingers do the walking, just search for it online.

Third, is to determine which review center has the highest number of board exam passers based on percentage, topnotchers from the recently held licensure exam in your chosen field. They usually post the details on their website, and hang tarpaulins on their review center’s building, because it is a plus factor to attract prospective reviewees like you (hahahaha).

I would suggest that you choose a review center that is already in the field for so many years because they are most experienced.

Invest in review materials, purchase additional review books if you must.

Just a reminder, do not rely much on review centers ok? Make sure that you have enough stock knowledge that you have acquired during your undergraduate years before enrolling in review centers. The reason is they can only help you so much. You still have to do most of the work after the review class has ended.

2. I attend a refresher course (optional)

In this course, simulations of the actual exam are being done. So I answered the questions the best that I could. I focused and took it seriously because I’ll never know if those questions will appear on the real board exam. I know a friend who did not take the course who actually became number 3 in the 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.

If you want to attend the refresher course but can’t due to financial constraints, you can borrow questionnaires from your batchmates / friends who attend the refresher course. Just photocopy it and return it to them. I am pretty sure, they are more than willing to help you.

For those who have the budget, share the review materials with your batchmates. Always remember that you guys are not competing with each other as you are all chasing the same dream – to pass the board exam.

3. What I did religiously to pass the board exam

Prayers can move mountains. I prayed all the 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. This is beyond any belief but during the Novena, I once bring my calculator and pencil and have it blessed by holy water.

As the saying goes: “Do your best and GOD will do the rest,” is still applicable these days. Pray for guidance but you should also study hard. You still need to exert effort to memories formulas and solve problems.

4. Review at Home

Of course, most of the time you will be staying at home, so review. Make a study schedule and follow it so you can still maintain a balanced life while preparing for the big two days / three days / four days board exam. Remove all destruction while reviewing; mobile phones, laptop, Facebook, Twitter, DOTA, and everything that will let you lose your focus. When you have focus, there is momentum, you became better in solving problems, in decision making, and there will be clarity.

If you intend to, you can stay inside your room to study but get out of your cave and talk to your family members from time to time. You can also take this moment as your break time after studying for a number of hours. Always remember that resting is part of your study process. This way, you can maintain your sanity and productivity hahaha.

Do some physical activities such as exercise, you don’t need to go to the gym. You can do some jumping jacks, chair pushups, jogging in place, and situps. It can help reduce stress, maintain good blood circulation, and focus.

I also write the formulas and keywords on a huge manila paper and post it on my room’s wall so I do not have to search the pages of my books or notes for it. This is advantageous on your part because seeing equations and key phrases every day will help you memorize it easily. For better visualization of what I am talking about, you can check the wall of a board exam topnotcher in the photo below:

the walls of board topnotcher

source: www.facebook.com/OfficialShamceySupsup/

5. One Day before the board exam

I visited the location of the school where the licensure exam will be held so that during the exam I won’t be rushing looking for the place. Knowing the place helped me 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 cases, you need to wear the prescribed uniform. For example, if you will be taking the board exam for nurses, you have to wear your white uniform.

The exam would last for about 8 hours per day, so I brought Gatorade and mammon just to keep my stomach alive and kicking. I did not eat a heavy meal in breaks during the exam as it can make me sleepy and my focus will be lessened. 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. The reason is I know that I did not come to the exam without knowledge. I know that I am prepared but the exam covers so many topics. I practically do not know what questions will be picked to put in the exam papers by the guys from PRC. Besides, there is nothing to lose but more to gain when we pray.

6. Bonus: Words of Wisdom from a Take One Board Exam Passer

Don’t show up in the exam venue unprepared, do not come without studying. You have enough time and a number of months to prepare prior to that big day so don’t waste it.

Let me remind the exam takers to always follow instructions in answering the test papers. Use your time well and don’t be overconfident. I mean don’t count your perceived correct answers and mistakes. Just answer the questions to the best of your knowledge.

Board exam questions are tricky, you should take note of the details especially decimal differences given in the multiple choice. Double check your answer as much as possible.

Also, don’t tell your co-examinees that the exam is easy to try to look smart because it can backfire sometimes especially when the results are out and you can’t see your name on it (hehehe). I know people who think that way, yet their names did not appear on the list out of the thousands of board passers.

If you think the PRC licensure exam is easy, keep it to yourself for the time being. Be humble until when the list of passers is out and your name is included in the list. Then that is the time to brag about it (with grin smile) hahaha. After all, you are the one who did all the hard work to make it happen.

If you passed the board exam, here are the steps to register for oathtaking. At this point, all I can say is congratulations for a job well done.

If somehow you didn’t make it on your first take, don’t be discouraged, after six months re-take the exam. Never quit, study harder, and also pray harder. Allow me to share this quote with you:

pass the board exam quotes

Credits to the owner

“There are no failures, only quitters. – Russell Simmons”

This is how I passed the board exam

How about you? Can you share how you were able to pass the board exam? If you are planning to take the exam, can you share your preparations? If you think this post would help your friends pass the exam, please share this with them.

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47 comments… add one
  • Carmen Araneta

    Hey Matt, good advice. And yes, you can also ask the Lord directly to help you and that is better than going through somebody else. God bless.

  • armalite

    dont forget to have some fun during review just like going to bars and have a drink…..get some girls also to make your review complete…… im saying this because this is what i have done’d luckily “wallllla” i pass the ECE exam…..

    • matt

      Thanks for sharing. :-). I forgot to write about having fun sorry.

  • matt

    Hi Jerico, thanks for the share :-)

  • vince

    thank you so much for the advices! im preparing myself to this situation because of your advices. i will do my best to top the board exam not as my goal but its my perception as long as my capability and strength are concerned to do this final event of my chapter one life. May GOD be with me and give me wisdom and strength to pass the board exam. ALL IS WELL!

    • matt

      Surely you will pass the board. Pray before you answer the test questions. Goodluck :-)

      • Angelica

        Hello matt! Your advice is so inspiring that it excites me to take the board exam instantly when in reality I’m still a first year student taking medtech as a pre-med course lol. I’ll remember everything what you said here matt, one day I’ll be back here and share to you the good news, that I passed the board exam!
        04/ 30/20
        1:43 AM

        • Matt

          Looking forward to that. I am pretty sure you can pass the board exam for medtech.

  • joeyboy

    Thanks for the tips. But another thing and we often overlooked is to choose the right pencil during exams. I took the cpa licensure exam last year using Faber-Castell 9000 pencil. I heard that this is specially designed for computer use, and we all know that exams are checked by computer scanners now. I personally like that it has a darker and bigger lead compared to what we’ve grown to use-mongol (not that I’m against the brand), so shading won’t consume you much time. It also has a separate eraser that do not leave pink marks on those areas you’ve erased.

    Anyway I think it’s worth sharing since I am a board passer now. Goodluck guys. :)

    • matt

      thanks joeyboy.

    • Adam

      Hi Jorah, I am not sure because during my time I use Mongol number 2 pencil.

  • Dylan

    Hey Matt thanks for these advice. Don’t forget to give yourself a break from studying. I don’t study anymore if it’s a day before the exam, I just relax and let my brain breath for awhile. And I agree with joey, the dark green pencil from Faber- Castell is a good choice.

    • matt

      hi dylan thanks.

  • mattscradle

    Hi Helen Thanks for dropping by.

  • irianne

    Hi. Sir, thank you very much for this inspiring write-up. I’ll be taking my Licensure Examinations for Teachers this coming September 25, 2011. And I am worried, tense and all. But I am doing my best and most of all I trust Him. Thank you so much for sharing the time mass in St. Jude. God bless.

    • mattscradle

      Yeah St. Jude is always there for us.

  • joan

    TO everyone who wants to take the LET or BOard exam just keep this in mind”I’ll do my best GOd will do the rest.”Believe in your self and make an effort ,hardwork and patience…God bless to everyone!

  • king

    thanks for your inspiration… magrereview ako ngaun pero s davao lng ECE po ang ntpos . slamat po mxdo s advice…:)

    • mattscradle

      No problem.

  • seira

    …to all of you guys, thanks a lot for your tips! I’m preparing for the ME board exams this coming October here in Saudi Arabia and it’s kinda hard to take both (work & review) at the same time. I need to strive harder, really! And to you Matt, you’re story is awesome! I just posted the bible verse that you mentioned. Hope to hear more of your inspiring tips! God bless, Bro! :D

    • Elvis

      Hellow Seira, I’m also working here is saudi arabia,i have a plan to take board exam, but i have no information where the review center is and the contact persons,could please help me…im working here in al khobar…

  • RELLY F . LOPEZ

    THANKS FOR THE ADVICE!!!

  • romar

    thanks matt for sharing.. .

    i’ll be taking Mechanical Engineering board exam this Oct 7-8! I Hope to pass the Exam!

    just like you said “all things you ask in prayer, believe and you shall receive.” Matthew 21:22. “

  • marie jade

    your such a simple, smart and a very humble passer….
    than ks for the inspirational message it gives me confident to be one of the passers like you
    More power

  • vince

    i was devastated after i failed during my first take,but i will bounce back higher this time..

  • john

    Thank you so much for this very inspiring message. ill take note in every word you said. I’m taking civil engineering course and taking the board exam soon so this article really help me give an insight. thank you so much. Pray to God, Believe in him. =)

  • michelle

    thank you for your very inspiring article. For you and your readers, any recommended review centers and schools for refresher course (for ECE/Electronics Engineering). Thank you.

    • Adam

      Hi Michelle, sorry I do not have any idea.

  • Les B. Ybañez

    Thank you so much!❤ I screenshots some of the advice specially for the qoutes. ?

    • Adam

      You are Welcome Les!

  • Kkkkc

    Hiii. Thank you so much! I needed the quotes right now. I am starting to get pressured for this coming September 2018. I kept doubting myself becuase i’ve been a dissapointed before, i’m scared to be a failure for the second time. I really hate it when i start to doubt myself. But i know God is guiding me, all of us who are taking medtech board exam this september. This time, i dont want to be a burden, i will pass this board exam, i will!! With Him!!☝

    • Matt

      Never give up!

  • Thank you very much for these awesome advices! I’ll surely take note this tips when I begin reviewing for my CPA board exams. I extremely agree that the God will always provide just pray, believe and trust in him and you won’t be disappointed.

  • jacquiline pasahe

    thank you so much for your wonderful advice.. start from nw, i’ll do all my best GOD
    will do the rest.
    For the 12th times! i will never quit, and pray harder.

  • PJ

    thanks for sharing your experience…. and now i take board exam this month, 22,23.. for Agricultural Engineer. i hope i pass the board by the help of our LORD GOD JESUS.. pray for US! thanks… :)

  • Veronica Ellaine I. Valmeo

    Hope to pass the Incoming Licensure Examination for Agriculture this October 2019 ???

  • Jona Sam

    Thank you very much to you for inspiring me even I’m only 4th year high school, I’m starting reading all tips how can I pass into board exam because for example that I’m going to take a board exam I’m ready.

    • Matt

      Glad to hear that I was able to inspire you with this post.

  • Judy Ann

    Thanks for your advice sir. I’ll be taking my licensure exam this april 15-17 2019. Hope to pass this exam with the guidance of our Lord ????

    • Matt

      Welcome and Good Luck!

  • Eppie

    Thanks for sharing

    • Matt

      Welcome and good luck to your exam!!!

  • Sheng

    Hi. It’s been 8 yrs since I graduated BSCE, and never had a chance to take Board exam. I’m planning to enroll for a review course this November for May 2020 board exam. Pero considering the gap (years) since I graduated, nakakatakot na. At wala na rin ako maalalang lectures huhuhu.. Pero gusto ko talaga pumasa, I’ve been with corporate for 7 yrs now and I want to try naman sana government. Any words, please? Thanks a lot. :)

    • Matt

      Hi Sheng,

      All I can say is “Just Do it!” Otherwise, you will always be haunted by regrets if you will not try. Good luck and more power to you!

  • Ryan G. Bayotas

    Hi Matt
    Good Day!
    Its been 3 years last i toke board Exam of Nursing 2016.
    last Exam i toke was very difficult but i tried to do rationale in every question given.
    months after the board im ready to check my name if is it in the list but sad to say nothing.From that time i promised to myself and say, that license is not for me, i think time to choice anothet opportunity,thats why , i find jobs to make me satisfy and be happy, 3 years after i realize even do im in a stable job, but something missing or something is lacking that make me unhappy, even do i have my loving wife and cutiest daughter,
    and time come,I realize i finished my course(BSN) but my job is so far from my exprience during college life.
    Now, I think its time to pursue my dream and believe “God has a Plan to us”.
    and i believe to say ” I Can Do It!!!” never surrender ,
    as Russel Simmon Said: “There are No Failures, Only Quitters.

    Thank you So Much.

    Ryanb

  • Leslie

    Thank you sir..hope to pass this coming august 31-september2 2019 electrical engineering board exam… I know I will because I know God always guide me..

    • Matt

      Hi Engineer Leslie,

      Good luck and Claim it!!!

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