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01/17/07 10:41 AM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Tips on passing the RD exam
MSRD
6 Posts

Registered Dietitian

I have taken the RD exam three times and cannot pass it. I did very well in school and currently working in the clinical setting. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions for what study material I should use. I am using Inmans review, study material for CDR, flash cards from Breeding and Associates. Please any advice will be helpful. I am starting to think that begin a RD isn't in my plans.

01/24/07 06:29 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Tips on passing the RD exam
help1458
4 Posts
GA
Registered Dietitian


    Posted by tanisa:
    I have taken the RD exam three times and cannot pass it. I did very well in school and currently working in the clinical setting. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions for what study material I should use. I am using Inmans review, study material for CDR, flash cards from Breeding and Associates. Please any advice will be helpful. I am starting to think that begin a RD isn't in my plans.

I studied the materials that you have and passed the 1st time. What helped me was that I read somewhere that anytime there were two answers that were opposite of each other, it was one of those answers. So if I didn't know an answer, I always looked for the opposites. I had a lot of food service. So know the formulas backwards and fordwards. Inmans program questions gives good examples but there were other problems that were tricky where the formulas really wouldn't help. You just have to use general math. Don't panic. Reread questions to make sure you understand what is being asked before you answer. Study the info for the basics. Then try to apply basic knowledge to answer. Know everything in one packet very well. People say don't memorize. Well I memorized the entire inmans book. You just have to know how to apply what you memorize. I made My own questions from her notes. Then studied my questions. Try to understand the concepts. For example if you have a kidney question. Know what the kidneys regulate then if the kidney are affected, you will know what things to think about. Also, when you have a question you aren't sure about, try to think about everything you do know about that subject and see if you can come up with an educated guess. If you have any questions I'm available.

02/27/07 06:46 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Tips on passing the RD exam
yr1971
6 Posts
East Point GA
Registered Dietitian

I started preparing for the exam seven months before I took it. Some say that I should have taken it earlier, but after talking to a number of RDs I was told to take the test when I was ready. So I did. I also took breaks between studying so that I would not get burned out. It is very important to understand the concepts and not memorize lots of data.

The test is situational so be able to apply what you learned to the situation. Read the question carefully, because some of them are tricky. However, the best advice I can give to anyone taking this exam is to RELAX; and do not study on the test date. You will only get frustrated and panic.

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