Tips For Taking The Prometric Exam
Some enter nursing school because it’s their calling, some enroll because it’s what their parents want them to do, while there are also those who chose to become nurses because they want to seek greener pastures in another country.
Sophie has finally graduated. She has endured all the sleepless nights spent studying, all the toxic duty shifts she had to go through, all the strict Clinical Instructors who gave her tons of work to do, and all the mind-boggling exams she had to pass. In other words, she emerged from nursing school victorious. Now that she has graduated, it’s time to go abroad. Her target? The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. But wait, there’s still one step she has to go through before becoming a nurse in KSA, which is to take the prometric exam for nurses. How will she prepare for this? Is it like the other exams she had taken in college? What are some tips that would help her pass this?
- Don’t underestimate the exam
While many say that the Prometrics Exam is easier than the NCLEX, you should not take this exam lightly. Study as much nursing concepts as you can.
- Hone your test taking skills
Basic topics were the focus in the exam, however, the questions were formulated in a tricky way, so you need to improve your decision making skills as well as hone your test taking strategy.
- Answer as much practice questions as you can.
According to those who have taken the prometric exam, this exam is patterned after the NCLEX. So, as much as possible, get your hands on as much practice questions as you can (many are available online). By practicing, you can assess yourself on how you answer, discover your strengths and weaknesses. Also, you can make yourself comfortable with computer generated exams. Lastly, don’t forget the rationales. Always take time to read and understand the rationale behind the answer.
- Review basic nursing concepts
Familiarize and re-familiarize yourself with basic nursing concepts since many of those are covered in the exam. Also, take time to review your Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Community and Fundamental Nursing concepts. You should also review computations and lab values, though many say that they rarely appear on the exam.
- You can mark unsure answers
You can always mark those answers to questions you were unsure of and later if you have time, you can go back to it.
- Manage you time wisely.
You will only have 2 hours to finish the 70-item exam. Learn how to manage your time wisely, don’t dwell too much on a question you find too complicated. As said earlier, you can go back to it if you still have time. You will know the remaining time since there is a timer on the upper right corner of the computer screen. Once you’re finished, you can click END and the screen will post your score, right then and there.