Before getting down to studying for the NAPLEX examination, take the pre-test first. The pre-test will guide you to work on the areas you are weak in. Take the pre-test in the beginning of the year so you have several months to study before the actual test.
To make the best of your time and energy, make sure of topics covered in the examination. Do not study unnecessary material. Look over the NAPLEX Competency Statements, and familiarize yourself with the what will be on the examination. These statements will also help in predicting what type of questions will be in the examination and study accordingly.
Once you know which areas you need to work on, get the RxPrep course to help you review the material. Or Get a review book such as APhA's NAPLEX review book. Next create a study plan by making a list of all the topics and then, making sure you review at least 1-2 topic per week.
Form a study group.
It also helps to form a study group with other student pharmacists. Meet up with your classmates or friends to review the content or quiz each other. This way, you can challenge each other and keep each other on schedule. Verbalizing and visualizing the material will help you retain it better.
Make sure to get all the paperwork is ready along with the intern hours required. Some examinations require two different types of identifications so make sure what type of identification you need to take to the examination. The Board of Pharmacy has more helpful information on Pharmacist Licensure Examinations. There is also a flowchart available on the process of NAPLEX examination.
First, read the instructions carefully so you know the rules about the examinations. For example, know if you are allowed to go back and change your answer to a question. Know if you are allowed to skip a question. Know if you can bring a calculator. If so, which kind. During the examination, follow some basic test taking techniques such as monitoring your time, reading the questions carefully. Moreover, when guessing an answer use your logic, usually the most obvious answer is the right one. Also use your medical terminology, and look for grammatical agreement to guess the answer. Eliminating choices to make your guess is also a helpful way to reach an answer. Once done with the examination, go back to the questions you had trouble with. Sometimes reviewing the question again may help you in deciding an answer. ASHP PharmPrep has more information on how to prepare for NAPLEX exam.
Posted by: Khyati Ganatra, PharmD Candidate 2014