A description of the testing experience from one of our users:
"Uploaded my certificate, tried to register for the examination, when unable I realized there were additional fields to complete with details like the address of the training company and the name of the CME certifying organization. After that (and waiting 24 hours), I was able to register. I used Prometric as their registration process seemed easier. On arrival for the examination, the testing center had very strict protocols: empty pockets, nothing could be brought in to the exam room – no watch, wallet, phone, pencil, paper, etc. and was wanded front and back. Then the test: I found that there were about 40% of the questions strictly about regulatory and advisory guidelines, especially vision and hearing, but some cardiac, respiratory, psychological, musculoskeletal (SPE certificates), neurological, etc., including process questions related to completing forms, required testing parameters, etx. Another 40% or so were some combination of regulatory/advisory guidelines together with some clinical knowledge. The rest – a significant percentage, the other 20% - were very clinical – requiring knowledge of clinical terms, medications, and the like and often without much reference to regulations or guidelines. At first, I thought I might fail since many of those questions did not seem to relate to the training material, but as I got more comfortable with the type of questions being asked I realized that in addition to clinical knowledge from my medical training and medical practice experience, good old test-taking strategies could be applied to improve my chances of getting these correct. All the questions are multiple-choice with 4 possible answers, only one correct answer, and usually, even if I wasn’t sure of the answer, it was easy to eliminate one or two of the answers, meaning at worst I was now choosing between 2, not 4, possibilities. I was able to get through the 120 questions in a little over an hour, then had time to go back and review all of the questions again. The computerized test did offer ways of flagging questions for review, marking out answers that were clearly incorrect, but I didn’t use those features. I changed a few answers on the second pass, but not many. Once I completed the test, there was a testing site glitch, and I wasn’t given my score right away. After calls to the testing site supervisor, I was advised that my test was recorded and my score would be sent to me. Within a few hours, it was: 89. I passed. Thank you NRCME Training Institute!"
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