You will hear a lot of "tips and tricks" to pass the NREMT exam on the first-time. Some will be helpful, some...not so much. Here's ours, in no particular order...
*Know medical terminology - the NREMT is not going to say "difficulty breathing" they are going to say "dyspnea" This is one of the biggest mistakes students make walking into the exam.
*Read every question twice, even if it's one sentence long - read it again. We work with a lot of students who simply misread or skip over critical terms.
*Mentally, place yourself in the back of an ambulance and picture the patient in front of you. Don't think of it as a fictitious question - buy in!
*Get down to two answers and then read the question again (yes, a third time). Look for any keywords of vital signs that would rule out one of those answers. The NREMT exam is difficult, but it's fair - the information you need to correctly answer the question is there, you just have to find it!
*If you are on a question and you have no idea as to what the correct answer may be - just chalk it up to a pilot question. Maybe it's a pilot question or maybe it's a scored question - we will never know. But, you CANNOT let questions live in your head once you've hit the "Next" button.
*Take a breath...seriously, breathe . Lean away from the computer, close your eyes, exhale. Regain your focus.
*Beat the test one question at a time - once you hit the "Next" button, that question is gone...there is no reason to continue to think about it. You can't go back.
*IGNORE THE QUESTION NUMBER . One of my biggest pet peeves...who cares about what question number you are on!! If you want to be the real MVP of the class - don't tell your peers what question number you were cut off at before you found out you passed. You are only adding to their anxiety.
*IGNORE THE TIMER - less than 1% of candidates run out of time - you need to be aware of it, but don't let the timer start answering the questions for you.
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