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09/24/07 05:25 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    How to pass the RD exam
benna
93 Posts

Registered Dietitian

I have failed the RD Exam twice. I re-took it the second time this week and was shocked when I saw my score. I thought I was doing well. For those who have successfully passed the test, what do I do to fill in the blanks. I have purchased every study guide available, and supplemental reading. I may lose my job if I fail it again, and I have small children to support. To say I need advise is an understatement.

09/24/07 09:58 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: How to pass the RD exam
salesrd
229 Posts
NC
Registered Dietitian


    Posted by benna:
    I have failed the RD Exam twice. I re-took it the second time this week and was shocked when I saw my score. I thought I was doing well. For those who have successfully passed the test, what do I do to fill in the blanks. I have purchased every study guide available, and supplemental reading. I may lose my job if I fail it again, and I have small children to support. To say I need advise is an understatement.

What kind of internship did you do? Is there anyone there that can help you study? Are there any dietitians at your job that could tutor you? Do you feel like you understand the concepts? I don't understand all of these posts about people having trouble with the exam. My first thought is to look at the internship programs. My program worked us like dogs for a year, and I took the exam in half the time and passed with flying colors, and I'm no brainiac. I feel like some of these internship programs are failing the students. Do you know the pass rate for your internship program? This type of thing is a red flag for anyone shopping an internship. How did you do on your exams during the internship? Don't give up, I know people that passed on the third try.

09/25/07 05:18 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    EXAM
benna
93 Posts

Registered Dietitian

Hi SalesRD. I too wondered how on earth can someone fail the exam? I did a 7 month internship and did really well on the mock exams they gave us. My clincial experience was a joke, no doubt. I am not a genius, mind you, but I have not failed a test in quite some time.

I speculate that I am great at memorization, but when it comes to application/critical thinking, I must suck at it. And to my knowledge, there is nothing in the RD preparation that helps you improve in that area. As a multiple scholarship recipients and Presidents Scholar (not to mention about middle-aged) I am humilaited by my "lack" of performance on the exam and depressed that I have to study material that I know.

I am not a quitter, but I am stumpted, as are my internship directors and undergraduate mentors. I am a case for the books ....... No one believed me when I told them I failed it again.

09/25/07 09:45 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: EXAM
salesrd
229 Posts
NC
Registered Dietitian


    Posted by benna:
    Hi SalesRD. I too wondered how on earth can someone fail the exam? I did a 7 month internship and did really well on the mock exams they gave us. My clincial experience was a joke, no doubt. I am not a genius, mind you, but I have not failed a test in quite some time.

    I speculate that I am great at memorization, but when it comes to application/critical thinking, I must suck at it. And to my knowledge, there is nothing in the RD preparation that helps you improve in that area. As a multiple scholarship recipients and Presidents Scholar (not to mention about middle-aged) I am humilaited by my "lack" of performance on the exam and depressed that I have to study material that I know.

    I am not a quitter, but I am stumpted, as are my internship directors and undergraduate mentors. I am a case for the books ....... No one believed me when I told them I failed it again.


Hi Bennna, seven months is not very long even though it sounds like it is. For example, in my internship in the olden days, I had a month in diabetes, a month in cardiac, a month on the renal floor, a month in maternity/NICU, a month of HIV/Infectious disease, a month of outpatient, 6 weeks of food service etc, to make up 10 months with a total of two days off, including all three shifts. We rounded with the medical interns every morning on whatever specialty unit that we were on that month in a 1200 bed hospital. Whatever info they were taught, we were taught. There was no downtime. We had homework and reading every night, and every waking moment was spent studying or on papers/projects. It was awful but when I got done I passed the exam with no effort and high scores, and I am no brainiac, no scholarship recipient by far. They just pounded the material into your head, and threatened to kick you out at every turn. Some of the newer internships that aren't as good are ripping off students in my opinion, and of course the instructors are surprised, they don't want to admit that their program has any failure rate at all. I hope that students look at this topic when choosing an internship. People are so desperate to get an internship that they will take anything-even on-line distance internships, and I don't think that these programs get people where they want and need to go. Keep the faith, and you will pass that cotton pickin exam! Did any of your classmates from the internship have difficulty passing the exam?

09/26/07 07:28 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Exam
benna
93 Posts

Registered Dietitian

SalesRd ..... your internship rocked!!!! That sounds grueling, but the experience you were exposed to makes me a little jealous. :) I was the 3rd person in my class to take the RD Exam, and at that time I was the first to fail it. I honestly have not kept up with anyone since I finished in March of this year, so I don't know who, if anyone else failed. They had a 98% 1st time passing rate. Guess I messed up those statistics a little bit for them. :)

Thanks for the encouragement. I am not a quitter!!!

Take Care.

09/27/07 12:20 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    exam
peacelove
271 Posts
Atlanta GA
Registered Dietitian

i think your internship and the way you study as a lot to do with it. i failed the exam the first time by two points. mainly because everyone kept telling me how 'easy' it was, and I 'felt' that i knew everything enough. well after i failed, i studied totally different. i practiced calculations harder and better, i memorizes community stuff , i tried to learn a little bit of each area and know it well, even if i did memorize a lot. the second time i took it, i passed with flying colors, and i knew as i was taking it that i passed casue i did not get as many questions as before. my internship was also brutual, i hated it actually, but i learned alot, it was 11 months long. we did not do practice test or anything....i thnk they could have done better with preparing us for the test as well.

09/27/07 05:25 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Exam
benna
93 Posts

Registered Dietitian

I am going to have to do something about the way I study. :) I will just pick up the materials (all of them) and try to look at it like I am seeing it for the first time and not worry about the fact I have less than 45 days to do it all over again or I lose my job.

09/27/07 06:38 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Exam
sunshine613
6 Posts

Registered Dietitian

I think it is a good idea for you to look through material as you never seen them before. Go through sections that you have the problem the most first. If you want you can contact me on sunshine613ster@gmail.com. I wouldn't mind helping with anything i can.

09/27/07 09:01 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Exam
benna
93 Posts

Registered Dietitian

Thank you sunshine. I would like to have someone to bounce some ideas off of. It can be kind of challenging do it alone. I could use an objective opinion. I will get started in the a.m. so I will probably be contacting you soon!!! :)

Thanks.

09/27/07 09:36 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Exam
salesrd
229 Posts
NC
Registered Dietitian


    Posted by benna:
    I am going to have to do something about the way I study. :) I will just pick up the materials (all of them) and try to look at it like I am seeing it for the first time and not worry about the fact I have less than 45 days to do it all over again or I lose my job.

Benna: I'll be sending positive thoughts your way!

09/28/07 02:58 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Exam
benna
93 Posts

Registered Dietitian

Positive thoughts .... need them, and thank you. :)

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