Pharmacy Practice Exam Preparation should be Effective, not Expensive


Before you answer “How do I prepare for my pharmacy practice exam?” remember that you are a pharmacist. You are going to study and answer the questions that you have answered before in your pharmacy school and you have already worked with your pharmacy practice knowledge. Yes, you need to study hard but you do not need to pay thousands of dollars to different advertised courses and organizations with exciting names. These courses all contain the pharmacy practice topics that you have already studied and the teachers are a group of pharmacists like yourself and not necessarily better or more knowledgable than you. You need to work hard, study a lot and get prepared for a tough exam, but you have all the required tools in your hands. Resources, textbooks, websites, sample questions and many other exam materials are available. The only thing you need to do is to smartly plan your study and move forward.

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Before planning, visit the official website of the exam or the legally authorized organization of the exam. You can get essential, practical and helpful information. Syllabi, competencies, required topics for the exam, question types, sample questions, percentage of topics in the exam, textbooks & websites are some of the information that you can find there. So you do not need anyone to tell you about or teach you this information that you can easily obtain by yourself. Take notes and keep them for future use.

Do an initial assessment, answer some questions and find the topics you need to study more. You can do the assessment more than one time and plan your schedule based on the outcome of these assessments. Do online tests, free and fast.

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No one knows you better than you do. You are the only person who knows your learning style, how many hours you need to study daily, or which topics should be studied more. No teacher or tutor can tell you the proper hours of daily study or the required minutes or hours of break to recover and restart to study. Do it by yourself. Find the best timing for your study, the number of hours you need to study daily, the place you study more efficiently and all other similar points.

Always start your study with the main textbook(s). Then, if supplementary information is needed, go to other resources. All topics are important and should be studied carefully. The only difference is the duration of the study and the practice of different topics. For example, ear disorders should be studied like cardiovascular disorders, but the time you need to study cardiovascular disorders is more than ear disorders, not because of importance but because of quantity. Practice, practice and practice! Do as many MCQs and case studies as you can. Use your pharmacy practice knowledge to solve pharmacy problems in questions and cases. Apply your professional judgment and check your decisions with the references. All of this is possible via textbooks and recommended websites.

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