What To Do On The Actual Naplex Exam Day
Like any other major professional exam, the NAPLEX requires rigid preparation in order to attain a successful result. I mean, you didn't study pharmacy overnight and therefore surely the NAPLEX isn't one of those exams you cram for in school.
As your career in pharmacy will depend on whether or not you pass the NAPLEX, preparing sufficiently for that very important date with the test is of the highest significance.
While the quality of the Naplex materials you study will certainly help you answer the questions during the test, you should also be prepared to condition your mind, body and emotions prior to the NAPLEX. You mustn't overdo your revising to the degree that you end up with acute exhaustion. What good is your knowledge of the course if your body gives in during the test, or if you break down before you could finish it?
This is a huge reason why your NAPLEX preparation must also include plans and activities to increase and condition your overall fitness levels for when it actually comes round to being time for your appointment with the examination. (A prepared mind and body will surely increase your chances of passing the exam which in turn jump starts your chosen career.)
On the actual day itself, you should be prepared to face the challenges that will come your way when you start answering the questions. If you are taking it for the first time, the feeling of dealing with question after question thrown at you by a computer might overwhelm you. You mustn't let this get in the way of you passing the NAPLEX with flying colors – you must prepare for it.
Here are some tips on how to deal with the nerves on the day of the actual NAPLEX exam:
Arrive early. The standard suggestion in taking the NAPLEX is to arrive 30 minutes before the actual time of your appointment. Make certain you know where the exam is being held, how to get there and actually plan to arrive with no rushing or panicking. This way, you will have more time to organize your thoughts and avoid rushing on everything as well as feeling relaxed, settled and most importantly in control. The test is over four hours so being prompt or early is an advantage. Also, go to the restroom before you sit and take the exam and make sure that you eat prior to it.
Do not panic. Just answer the questions to the best of your knowledge and move on. Do not think about the questions you have already answered as you will not be able to go back to them. That is just the way the exam works. Maintain composure. You should understand and be happy with the knowledge that you may not get all the answers correct, and in these cases it doesn't matter, keep going with confidence because you are assessed over a number of questions- not just the one you don't think you answered correctly!
Make the most out of your break. Do not let fatigue let you down. You will be given a 10-minute break in the middle of the exam. Eat a little, stretch your legs and make sure you visit the restroom before returning to the test. Try and avoid talking to others who just want to know what you answered for X,Y or Z. Try and think about anything other than your exam to date – relax and take this opportunity to gently build your confidence for the second session.
Keep track of the time. Otherwise, you will find yourself rushing to finish the exam when you should have paced yourself out more. If you rush, you increase your chances of getting the wrong answers so you should monitor the time you have left.
These are only suggestions. How you deal with other problems when you take the exam will be totally dependent on you.