Tips for NBEO Part 110:30 PM
For those that don't know, I have a wonderful sister who I stole the idea of going to optometry school from. She is fixing to take National Boards Part 1 next week. By the way, I know it is extremely southern to say "fixing to" but I am doing it anyway. It seems like decades since I sat down for the grueling Part 1 marathon, but it was really only 2 years ago. I'm not going to remember it any better in the future, so here is my top advice for student doctors.
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2) Focus on high percentage topics
That means don't spend a ton of time on topics like contact lenses and binocular vision that are less represented on the test. If you have had these classes recently, and you see that the topics aren't covered with a lot of test questions in the topic breakdown, you can spend the least amount of time studying for these. Prioritize and study smarter, not harder. The contact lens cases I had were very straightforward, so don't worry about having to perform crazy calculations.
3) There will be questions that you have NO idea what the answer is.
You may find yourself saying, "I never learned anything about that in class!" This is normal, and I guarantee that everyone in the room with you is thinking the same thing! Don't let it worry you; you aren't going to know the answer to every question. That is why it is multiple choice. Regardless of what the NBEO thought my year, I didn't have a class that told me the appropriate decade of life to recommend a flu shot. So I just made a guess, and moved on.
4) 1 Week Before the Test
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5) The Night Before the Test
Don't try to flip through your entire KMK book again! My best advice is to go through lists, formulas, and mnemonic devices. Hit the big, high volume material. Optics formulas were the thing I drilled most the night before. I recommend writing the most common ones on a sheet of paper, and looking at that paper repeatedly until you can picture it with your eyes closed. When you are allowed to start the test, some people prefer to jot down quickly all the formulas floating in their brain before they even read question one. Hey, if it helps, go right ahead.
6) Time is not your friend
Don't mull over a question; skip the one you are struggling with, star it, and move on. If you have time at the end of the session, go back and ponder your starred questions again. If they are calling time and you don't have an opportunity to reread your marked questions, you can at least bubble in a random answer on your skipped ones. Getting through the test is very important! Don't get stuck and miss answering questions you could easily have gotten right if you had had enough time to answer them.
7) Don't try to compare your answers afterwards
It will drive you mad! People love to discuss, but if you are one of those people that gets worried easily, skip the student circles that invariably form after tests. If you don't answer the questions the same as your friends, it doesn't mean you failed. You will NEVER know who got what questions right, so don't worry about it.