Test fatigue

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    Neha Sadruddin

    Hi Tony, 

    I can totally relate. I have always made use of the 15min scheduled break that NCARB gives on each test. I usually take the break after I have gone through all the questions and before I start to go back to review all the flagged /incomplete items. That way, I come back with a slightly refreshed mind and I feel it actually helps me tackle the questions that I found tricky at first. 

     

    Hope this helps!

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    Michelle Gonzales

    Hi Tony,

    I relate as well to your test fatigue - sitting this exam requires mental stamina. I agree with Neha on using of the 15-minute break during the exam. Unfortunately, we only have one break, unless you were as "lucky" as I was to have an unscheduled break while the administrator tried to fix my technical difficulties after losing connection to the NCARB servers. However, I would suggest to use that break strategically and let it cater to your test-taking style. For me, I found doing the case studies the most excruciating part of the exam due to the constant bouncing in between drawings, endless searches and that wonky zooming tool. I needed fueling for that kind of mental exhaustion. Therefore, it was imperative for me to take a break after the general questions and before I started the case studies. I needed to provide the energy (and a quick few gulps of a room-temperature caffeinated beverage) to shoulder my way through those case studies questions. 

    Good luck and I hope things work out.

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    Tony Young

    Thank you for the advice!

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    RJ

    I can identify- I wish this test had half the questions it currently has, course then everyone might pass and we can't have that right? *ahem*

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    Tomasz Mlynarski

    This is huge, that's why I always take my exams early first thing in the morning. You're much sharper and fresher in the morn then in the afternoon.

    Same thing with the practice exams. When I do them I get up early and do them before work starts.

    Best advice is don't eat anything before a long test because that will slow you down in an hour or two. Other than that, its all about rest.

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