FILIPINO NAPLEX EXPERIENCE FOR TEST TAKERS

Thanks everyone for following my journey in being a licensed pharmacist here in CA.It is a great pleasure to have this blog wherein everybody shares their personal experience about the different tests. I have learned a lot by reading from the experiences of our fellow kabayans from my previous posts.

And now I am ready to share my personal experience with NAPLEX…

FIrst off as I mentioned before the study time will really depend from person to person. Some needed more time while others are better with cramming. My suggestion is that you set your study frame to 3 months, 4 months the most. As for me, I started in April and since I am at my own pace, I would study on and off 4-8 hours a day. That is one thing I had difficulty with, we set the date we want to take the test. Compared to FPGEE before, not sure how it is now, there is a set date for the exam so you have no choice but finish what you have to know before the test date. So if you are like me, I think the best first thing to do is your exam date. From there, make your study strategy, how many hours and what topics per day. The longer you take studying and the more you procrastinate the more chances that you have to keep going back to review what you have read and since you did it a long time ago the more likely you’ll forget it. Another thing that I had difficulty with is, most of my friends who took it keeps saying it is easy. So my mind set is very lax and that scares me since I was not as motivated as the FPGEE which is a lot harder.

Next off is study material:

APHA– this is the first material that I used, I had to read it several times since it is so detailed it was hard to know which ones might be asked. I read in one forum that the first seven chapter is not important. Last minute before my test, I focused on this chapter and true enough no single question was asked. I should have focused more on math problems.

Prontopass– it is quite pricey but worth it. I still feel though that you would need other materials like APHA for some additional info.

KAPLAN– it is a good supplement and last minute guide

Appleton and Lange– I did not even finish the whole book. I focused on the profile questions and the first chapter questions. The kinetics and compounding part are hard and didn’t have much time so I skipped it. It was good that they didn’t ask any question from those topics.

Prontopass Math– this is enough to get you through the math problems. In my case even the statistics part was covered with this material.

Stoklosa and Shroff Math– I used both and the Protopass math but with just the Prontopass you will be able to answer the NAPLEX math problems.

Pre-Naplex– I think this more or less gives you an idea on how ready you are. I suggest you take it a month before so you can focus on what you may feel your weaknesses are. From my readings, it is accurate in giving the approximation of your score. I got an 85 from Pre-naplex and the range it gave me is 67-104. I got 97 in the test, surprisingly 🙂

All of us face different challenges each day, one reason that it took me long to take this test is I kept getting sick. It maybe from stress or who knows but with all those trips to the clinics and ER specially after setting the exam date the more I get sick. Thanks to my husband who keeps encouraging me and my family who always prays and look after me, I did take the test on date I set it to. After taking the test, since I wasn’t confident enough I was praying so hard to get 75, usually I would set my bar high but not for this one. I kept praying that I would be happy as long as I passed. God is very good he answered my prayers and gave me more than what I prayed for. I feel that the test was not that hard cause unlike FPGEE that mostly I had to eliminate choices, the questions in NAPLEX is somewhat there in the materials that I used but I may have forgotten it but remembered having read it. The questions I got are mostly profile, maybe more than 15 and its mostly an application of what I read. There are some direct brand generic question but mostly application on which on the medicines given by the Dr. is not appropriate, which is good alternative for the patients case, what is causing a drug reaction, stuff like that. You really have to do math last, this is the best advised I can give. I did math 3 weeks before and did not listen to advise of people from the forum I go to. A day before the test, I browsed math again and I already forgot some of the formulas, the bad thing is it is hard to comprehend what you have learned when your mind is already drained and stressed out. SO, DO MATH LAST AND REST the DAY BEFORE your TEST.

I hope this will be of help to those taking the test in the future. As they say the odds of passing is high, 93% of the test takers pass the test so this is a high chance to get your license. I have to keep saying though thattogether with hard work, keep on praying that God will guide you in your study and on the day of your test and God will do miracles for you.

Now I hope people who have experience with CPJE will also guide me in my next journey. Best of luck to all of us. God bless us all !!!

TOEFL FOR FOREIGN GRADUATE PHARMACIST

I sit in for the TOEFL iBT last May 30, 2008 in Ontario, CA. This is my first attempt for the test and I was very anxious since the requirement for the National Pharmacy Board is too high in some areas for instance in a scale of 30 we need 26 for the speaking which is around 89%. This has been the waterloo of most pharmacist intern. Thankfully, I was able to meet all the requirements and I will be able to start to work as an intern already. There are several materials that I used for this exam. I wouldn’t personally recommend it for everybody because that is just how I react when I am stressed. Books are my security blanket. To mention some of what I have are Barrons 12 ed. TOEFL iBT this is helpful as a practice test, Princeton’s TOEFL iBT is more of techniques which I will highly recommend, another is the ets official guide since it is from the test takers themselves this is good view of what is to be expected for the test, and Longmans speaking guide focused more on the speaking section. Although I have this books, I never had a chance to read everything. Well not because of time constraints, it was more of I am lazy to do so. I had two months to prepare for the test but in most days I would only put 2-4 hours a day, I think 3 weeks of 8 hours study would be enough to prepare for this test. The reason why I had two months is because that was the only date available in our location. There are a lot of people taking the test so depending on the area one should schedule the test months ahead. Also, I studied how to type faster since in our country in the Philippines we didn’t have this subject to improve our skill. It is important to learn this since for the writing section the time is limited, it is already hard enough to compose an essay that is why it would be an advantage to learn how to type faster. I underestimated the reading section, that is why after my exam that is the area that I was worried the most. During the practice test, I would often get a high score and I would even have spare time after each passage. This was totally different during the actual test. In the reading section, since this was the first area of test there were a lot of distraction since some of the test takers are just being seated and they are making noise as they test their microphone. This should be taken into consideration since I would often practice in a quiet environment. Listening part is the easiest and the dreaded Speaking part is easy if you did practice a lot by recording your answer so you can keep playing it back and improving your response. For all those taking this test, just practice a lot and put a lot prayers cause that always makes a difference and it has always been the key for me.