Took the exam, but ran out of time

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    Kurt Fanderclai (Edited )

    Hi TNG -- sorry you had such a frustrating experience.  Have you passed any exams in 4.0 prior to transitoning?

    Unchecking the marked for review items -- as far as I know that won't matter as long as you chose an answer.

    Time can be a crunch in 5.0.  I've read enough accounts regarding not enough time on this forum that I tend to go at the exams kind of like a 5-cups-of-Starbucks sprint.  You really need to constantly be aware of the time constraint and press forward.  I've taken to deciding ahead of time where I need to be by when -- like shooting for question 75 by the 90 minute mark. 

    Calculator is the same less-than-ideal option for all exam centers -- as far as I can tell from reading forum comments.

    I will say that ONE whole piece of scratch paper seems quite stingy.  I got four.

    End of this week we'll all know how we did on CE -- barring any per state delays.

    Good Luck!

     

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    Tina Naik-Gadhia (Edited )

    Thanks Kurt. I guess, I completely missed reading about the time crunch for 5.0. I really hope that I pass this exam. I do feel confident about the portions of the exam that I was able to finish. Need to practice on my time management for the other tests. 

    I am considering going to a different test center next time. So that I am not distracted by the silly things. 

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    Daniel Spilman

    Tina,

    I echo all of Kurt's comments. Time management is a big factor for all the exams. I think one of the biggest helpers in this area is just experience. For example, I ran out of time on the last question of PA, however I had enough time in CE to revisit all of my flagged questions and then some. My experience in this area definitely helped me to identify answers quickly and move through the exam at a good pace. So stay encouraged, I'm sure there are other divisions that you will be more comfortable with! 

    Also, keep in mind, NCARB has noted that all questions are each worth one (1) point. That is super important to remember, that an easier multiple choice and a fill-in-the-blank that requires a 5 step process of calculating the answer are both worth equal amounts. I'm not saying this is what everyone should do, but often if I can tell a specific question is going to take a good amount of time to answer, I will flag it and come back to it after I've made my way through the exam. Better to run out of time with one FITB missing but having answered all other questions instead of spending too much time on a FITB and leaving 5 or more easy multiple choice unanswered! 

     

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    ^ Great advice -- definitely grab the low hanging fruit before bogging down on the tough ones.

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