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BCMAS Program Progress: Board Exam Preparation

I admit, I've gotten pretty busy. Spring time is the busiest time of the year for me, in terms of work flow and conferences. So I've been slacking, but luckily for me, it's easy to pick up in the program where I've left off.

Time to prep for the board exam!

Here's some basic information on the exam in general:

The board examination will be proctored by ProctorU, a company that utilizes your webcam with their program to ensure that you are taking the one taking the board examination and not cheating.

The board examination costs is included with the program. 

The board examination is stated to take around three hours and you have four attempts to take it. If you fail it the fourth time, you will need to wait a year before retaking the exam and, you will need to pay for it out of pocket (it is listed as 250.00 USD).  

Now, I am a little nervous because I have not prepared for an examination nor taken one in a really long time. Not to mention, this material is entirely new to me, so learning many new technical terms in an industry I am totally unfamiliar with is challenging.

The Prepping:

There is a question bank to help you prepare.

It looks like the questions are the same questions used at the end of the modules.

There are also no explanations of why each answer choice is right or wrong (I find it helpful to know if I picked the right answer for the right reason). This was not entirely a bad thing though as it did get me to go through the modules, figuring out why I kept getting the question wrong.

The question bank does not have a feature to create your own test from the questions though (the way USMLE World did, remember?).

Because I am not applying to pharma jobs asap and really using this program as a way to gain exposure to the pharma industry, I have the luxury of taking my time with the program.

I have read that some pharma companies require their MSLs to take the program and then must pass the board examination, so I am glad I do not have that urgency and expectation.

My game-plan is to go through all the board exam questions multiple times.

The first pass is to gauge my knowledge. I will then review questions I miss and go over the modules that go with them, then I will do the questions again, and repeat the process until I can get over 90% of the board exam questions correct. 

Off to study...