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03/06/06 07:53 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    HELP!! TAKEN RD EXAM TOO MANY TIMES PLEASE
marta
5 Posts

Nutritionist

I have taken the RD exam 5 times and not able to pass, I ussually get a 23, you need a 25 to pass. I work as a clinical dietitian (of course RD eligible) and cover critical care, my peers often come to me as resource to ask me questions. I graduated with a gpa of 3.4 and did my intership with masters program combined. I won awards on my internship but for what I am NOT able to pass the exam and I feel frustrated, I spend a lot of money on the exam and on courses (hess and hunt, dietitian exam.com) It gets to the point where I dont know what else to do. I would appreciatte help, guidance on this issue because I am literally pulling my hair. Thank You.

03/07/06 09:16 AM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: HELP!! TAKEN RD EXAM TOO MANY TIMES PLEASE
alvaro
5 Posts
Lakeland FL
Registered Dietitian

I suggest you contact Jean Inman (review course ) ASAP. She can help you and provide guidance. her e-mail is jinmanrd@cs.com.

Good luck to you.

Alva


    Posted by marta:
    I have taken the RD exam 5 times and not able to pass, I ussually get a 23, you need a 25 to pass. I work as a clinical dietitian (of course RD eligible) and cover critical care, my peers often come to me as resource to ask me questions. I graduated with a gpa of 3.4 and did my intership with masters program combined. I won awards on my internship but for what I am NOT able to pass the exam and I feel frustrated, I spend a lot of money on the exam and on courses (hess and hunt, dietitian exam.com) It gets to the point where I dont know what else to do. I would appreciatte help, guidance on this issue because I am literally pulling my hair. Thank You.

03/09/06 03:36 AM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Don't Give Up
rdmcle
3 Posts

Registered Dietitian

I'm with the previous post concerning Inman's. I also suggest that you use Inman's Study Guide. I thought that her test questions were most similar in format to the exam. After taking the exam myself for a few times and scoring 24 continuously, I purchased Inman's review guide and begin to study her material and studied the tests questions over and over again. I was successful and scored way beyond 24 the next time I took it. So, it worked for me. It will all work out. Check in the student forum, someone may be selling a review guide.

[Edited by rdmcle on 03/09/06 03:48 AM]

03/30/06 11:34 AM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Wow...
LelaK
11 Posts
PA
Nutritionist

you must have test anxiety or something. Obviously you are bright enough to pass!

Maybe take some stress management courses? Also, do you study in a group? FOr some people that helps

03/31/06 06:33 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Know the feeling
littlefoxy7
1 Post
Pottsville PA
Registered Dietitian

Wow! Are we in the same boat!! I also have taken the test 4 times and have not passed either!! The last time I scored a 24...yes very shy of the 25. The computer didn't shut down either at 125 I was given extra questions...burns me to know I was close. I also have all the materials...hess and hunt, RD in a flash. I work in a Nursing home and have for 5 years now. I worked.. did the internship and now continue to work. I love it and have weight loss pretty much to an all time low....2% the national average is about 11%. I am heading to Syracuse NY next week to attend Jean Inman's seminar...yes I purchased her materials but I think my problem is taking the test..test anxiety thinking too much into it. The way the "situational" questions are I think are what is my problem. Point blank questions I know the answers its those questions....what would you do kill me! I can let you know what happens and my future outcome

03/31/06 09:49 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Stop paying for new how to pass RD exam books/courses
HURDLDN
19 Posts
FL
Registered Dietitian

I promise My best advice- write those questions down, as soon as your out the door, before you leave the parking lot. Get together with other RD eligibles and try to remember the questions you saw on the test- situational or straight forward- then research- and really go in prepared to beat that test.

04/05/06 08:03 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    ALL ABOUT OUR MONEY?
marta
5 Posts

Nutritionist

I want to thank all the support. I received over 17 responses in my private email of candidates that are unable to pass or that passed the 5,6 or 7th time!!!!! My new attitude is to take the test and be very relaxed because I learned that an exam does not proof what we are capable of achieving with a patient. Bottom Line is.....MONEY MAKING ASSOCIATION SHOULD I CALL IT??????? Good Luck to everyone.

05/20/08 09:32 AM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Stop paying for new how to pass RD exam books/courses
robaly2
23 Posts
FL
Registered Dietitian


    Posted by HURDLDN:
    I promise My best advice- write those questions down, as soon as your out the door, before you leave the parking lot. Get together with other RD eligibles and try to remember the questions you saw on the test- situational or straight forward- then research- and really go in prepared to beat that test.

The problem with this suggestion is that you would be violating the code of ethics by doing so. You agree to and sign a document that clearly states that you will not do something such as this. It is one thing if you remember the concepts and study those on your own, it is something completely different if you start writing stuff down and sharing that information with others. That decreases the validity of the test and reduces the strength of the RD credentials

05/20/08 03:23 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Stop paying for new how to pass RD exam books/cou
salesrd
229 Posts
NC
Registered Dietitian


    Posted by robaly2:

      Posted by HURDLDN:
      I promise My best advice- write those questions down, as soon as your out the door, before you leave the parking lot. Get together with other RD eligibles and try to remember the questions you saw on the test- situational or straight forward- then research- and really go in prepared to beat that test.

    The problem with this suggestion is that you would be violating the code of ethics by doing so. You agree to and sign a document that clearly states that you will not do something such as this. It is one thing if you remember the concepts and study those on your own, it is something completely different if you start writing stuff down and sharing that information with others. That decreases the validity of the test and reduces the strength of the RD credentials


Get real, people have been sharing test questions since the beginning of time, or at least for 21 years, which is how long it's been since I took the exam. What has happened to the exam? When I took it in 1989 (yes, I drove my horse and buggy to the test site), I knocked out the exam in 1/2 of the allotted time, and passed with flying colors, scoring 100% in some sections. You want to talk ethics? I take issue with the profession not telling girls that when you finish your degree, that you will need to find an internship. People get to their junior year or so and then start the panick over this new information. Back in the olden days, they told us first day of freshman year to start preparing to get an internship, and that if our grades weren't good we wouldn't get one, so if you didn't think that you could make the grade, change your major now. And let's face it, there aren't enough internship spots. Look at the grief vs. the typical pay of the profession and explain the return on investment on that one to me. I know a recent graduate with good grades who has not been able to get an internship, and didn't even know that this would be required until the end of her junior year. I hold the internships responsible for cranking out people who can't pass the exam-we had to take sample exams throughout the internship, and the hospital that I interned at never graduated 100% of their interns-if they saw that you weren't top notch, you were asked to leave. So now too many places crank out people and they don't prepare them adequately or else they would be able to knock out the exam without blinking. Something has gone very wrong.

05/20/08 03:25 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Exam
salesrd
229 Posts
NC
Registered Dietitian

Also, for those of you having trouble passing the exam, make sure that your internship site is aware, and that they are tracking this. For those of you seeking an internship, make sure to ask about their pass rate. Be a savvy consumer.

05/20/08 03:49 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Exam
mlrine
102 Posts

Registered Dietitian


    Inserito da salesrd:
    Also, for those of you having trouble passing the exam, make sure that your internship site is aware, and that they are tracking this. For those of you seeking an internship, make sure to ask about their pass rate. Be a savvy consumer.

If you really want to be a savvy consumer, don't go into this field unless you can get educated in four years with a program that includes clinical rotations and eliminates the need for internships...back in my day they were called CUP programs and in 1986 when I took exam, i passed first time and never even had a concern that I wouldn't! I wish everyone who wanted to be an RD could find these corordinated undergraduate programs. Internships don't seem to be cutting it....

06/14/08 08:46 AM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: HELP!! TAKEN RD EXAM TOO MANY TIMES PLEASE
asappiah
12 Posts
Chicago IL
Registered Dietitian

http://www.dietitianworkshops.com/ check it out and Good luck. Remember do not strees, overwhelm yourself with too much info. Hope this help. Angela - Fellow Dietitian

06/14/08 08:51 AM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Review course helped me
asappiah
12 Posts
Chicago IL
Registered Dietitian

Hi, I suggest you consider taking a review course. I had similar problem. Took the exam couple times and kept getting 23points. My intern director suggested a review course. I've heard Jean Inman is good, but I went with Breeding & Associates, it's costly but it was worth it for me. I took the exam a week after the review and passed. Do not wait too long to take the exam if you do take the review course. Do not stress yourself, do not panic, think positive. Here's their website, if you would like to chcek it out, http://www.dietitianworkshops.com/. Good luck and hope this helps. Angela A. Fellow Dietitian

07/18/08 02:25 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Stop paying for new how to pass RD exam books/cou
robaly2
23 Posts
FL
Registered Dietitian


    Posted by salesrd:

      Posted by robaly2:

        Posted by HURDLDN:
        I promise My best advice- write those questions down, as soon as your out the door, before you leave the parking lot. Get together with other RD eligibles and try to remember the questions you saw on the test- situational or straight forward- then research- and really go in prepared to beat that test.

      The problem with this suggestion is that you would be violating the code of ethics by doing so. You agree to and sign a document that clearly states that you will not do something such as this. It is one thing if you remember the concepts and study those on your own, it is something completely different if you start writing stuff down and sharing that information with others. That decreases the validity of the test and reduces the strength of the RD credentials


    Get real, people have been sharing test questions since the beginning of time, or at least for 21 years, which is how long it's been since I took the exam. What has happened to the exam? When I took it in 1989 (yes, I drove my horse and buggy to the test site), I knocked out the exam in 1/2 of the allotted time, and passed with flying colors, scoring 100% in some sections. You want to talk ethics? I take issue with the profession not telling girls that when you finish your degree, that you will need to find an internship. People get to their junior year or so and then start the panick over this new information. Back in the olden days, they told us first day of freshman year to start preparing to get an internship, and that if our grades weren't good we wouldn't get one, so if you didn't think that you could make the grade, change your major now. And let's face it, there aren't enough internship spots. Look at the grief vs. the typical pay of the profession and explain the return on investment on that one to me. I know a recent graduate with good grades who has not been able to get an internship, and didn't even know that this would be required until the end of her junior year. I hold the internships responsible for cranking out people who can't pass the exam-we had to take sample exams throughout the internship, and the hospital that I interned at never graduated 100% of their interns-if they saw that you weren't top notch, you were asked to leave. So now too many places crank out people and they don't prepare them adequately or else they would be able to knock out the exam without blinking. Something has gone very wrong.

07/18/08 02:40 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Stop paying for new how to pass RD exam books/cou
robaly2
23 Posts
FL
Registered Dietitian

Odd that you would only include women in your explaination. Granted men are the minority, still they are present in the field. You sound very jaded - who chooses a field of study without first researching the journey that lies ahead? Why would you encourage the weakening of the credentials by reducing the validity of the test? There is nothing wrong with practicing test questions, in fact I would encourage it - but questions developed to specifically to help you study, not stolen - Sites like RDSTUDY.COM - New but SO WELL worth it, as well as Dietitianexam.com. I would wonder what other ethic standard(s) you would feel needs not to be followed - especially in practice?

02/04/10 04:21 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    I know how you feel.
heathk
2 Posts
CO
Registered Dietitian

I have the same problem....I have gotten a score of 24, 2 times. I have tried all of the study guides and when I get to the exam, it seems that the information is different. I need help too.

02/05/10 02:59 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: HELP!! TAKEN RD EXAM TOO MANY TIMES PLEASE
sparky
7 Posts

Registered Dietitian

same here trying 5th time almost 3 yrs finisehed internship always getting 23 or 24 points.discouraged even to try this time.have to pay 200$ for this stupid test each s time.dont now what i am doing wrong have all the studying materials,rdexam.com,jean imman ,breedings .

02/06/10 02:06 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Stop paying for new how to pass RD exam books/cou
Kat516
39 Posts

Registered Dietitian


    Posted by salesrd:

      Posted by robaly2:

        Posted by HURDLDN:
        I promise My best advice- write those questions down, as soon as your out the door, before you leave the parking lot. Get together with other RD eligibles and try to remember the questions you saw on the test- situational or straight forward- then research- and really go in prepared to beat that test.

      The problem with this suggestion is that you would be violating the code of ethics by doing so. You agree to and sign a document that clearly states that you will not do something such as this. It is one thing if you remember the concepts and study those on your own, it is something completely different if you start writing stuff down and sharing that information with others. That decreases the validity of the test and reduces the strength of the RD credentials


    Get real, people have been sharing test questions since the beginning of time, or at least for 21 years, which is how long it's been since I took the exam. What has happened to the exam? When I took it in 1989 (yes, I drove my horse and buggy to the test site), I knocked out the exam in 1/2 of the allotted time, and passed with flying colors, scoring 100% in some sections. You want to talk ethics? I take issue with the profession not telling girls that when you finish your degree, that you will need to find an internship. People get to their junior year or so and then start the panick over this new information. Back in the olden days, they told us first day of freshman year to start preparing to get an internship, and that if our grades weren't good we wouldn't get one, so if you didn't think that you could make the grade, change your major now. And let's face it, there aren't enough internship spots. Look at the grief vs. the typical pay of the profession and explain the return on investment on that one to me. I know a recent graduate with good grades who has not been able to get an internship, and didn't even know that this would be required until the end of her junior year. I hold the internships responsible for cranking out people who can't pass the exam-we had to take sample exams throughout the internship, and the hospital that I interned at never graduated 100% of their interns-if they saw that you weren't top notch, you were asked to leave. So now too many places crank out people and they don't prepare them adequately or else they would be able to knock out the exam without blinking. Something has gone very wrong.

I totally agree with you and I'm NOT questioning your ethics in practice! Everyone's experiences are different, and I think a lot of work needs to be done on the college program end to prepare girls OR guys for the internship process and on the ADA end with better pay, better recognition for the profession and less $ for fees. I got out of the field into a much better paying job where I'm using a lot of my RD knowledge and skills but just not practicing as an RD..and I will admit that being and RD helped me land this position. But there needs to be a lot more education at the college level on internships, job options, salaries, etc. If I would've known it back then, I would never have gone in to the field, especially because of what my internship cost (including tuition AND living expenses b/c I had to move out of town) vs. what starting salaries are for RDs. Do I sound jaded? YES, because it's frustrating to put so much time and money in to something and NOT get the return I thought I would.

02/08/10 02:12 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Stop paying for new how to pass RD exam books/cou
kristi82
107 Posts
Chester
Registered Dietitian

Wow a lot of discussions going on in this post! Besides the ethics issues and the whole Salary/cost/internship thing, initially it was about passing the test. I wanted to address that. If you are a bad test taker you could be losing those two critical points right there. My spouse is a bad test taker, but well educated. If it's a discussion no problem, knows the answers and even alternate solutions given other scenarios. But if its a question on paper with options or on a computer, it is anxiety central. I know its a bit more money out of your pocket, but I highly recommend rdstudy.com. I used it and passed. I have recommended this site to a few college friends - they ALL passed, granted I am sure they used other materials as well - but you have them too already. RDSTUDY.com is great test simulation service that includes videos now that are integrated with the test, so if you get something wrong you can click on a link and a video explains it. They have graphical displays on your testing results now as well. It greatly reduced my test taking anxiety, and from what I can see it has upgraded something fierce since I used it.

Good luck to you and do not let the past failures keep you from the present successes. Persistence and determination are two words that can keep anyone from failure.

02/08/10 02:20 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    rdstudy.com
kristi82
107 Posts
Chester
Registered Dietitian

Oh I forgot to mention that they have a money back guarantee policy. It makes sense, they let you try it and you have a period of time to request a refund. Read the policy over. I just know how important it was for me to pass that test. The weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders!

02/04/13 05:02 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    rd exam
imsmart64
1 Post
long beach MS
Registered Dietitian

I took the exam 22 years ago and passed it the first time. I was 25 and fresh out of a coordinated program. I practiced as a renal dietitian for over 15 years and loved it. Due to the declining health of my special needs son, I was unable to practice and dropped my registration a few years ago. Stupid, stupid stupid. My son is now in a much better place and I need to return to work. Now I am taking the test, all these years later (I'm 48). I am using Hess and Hunt's review as my hard copy study material. It is very thorough. And RD Study is really helping. It has been worth every penny so far. My confidence level keeps creeping up the more practice tests I take. The review after each question is really helpful. The tutorials are informative, especially with calculations and word problems (my weakness). The support staff is wonderful. I'll let you know how it goes at the end of the month!

02/05/13 05:04 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Exam
ugofatcat
25 Posts

Student

I just took the exam and passed on my first try. I used Breedings and Associates. I really do not believe I would have been able to pass without their guide. Go through it thoroughly (be able to summarize concepts without looking at the book), go over their practice questions (especially the clinical and food service), and do their practice exams.

03/03/13 12:21 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: ALL ABOUT OUR MONEY?
JRAVI
29 Posts
las vegas NV
Student


    Posted by marta:
    I want to thank all the support. I received over 17 responses in my private email of candidates that are unable to pass or that passed the 5,6 or 7th time!!!!! My new attitude is to take the test and be very relaxed because I learned that an exam does not proof what we are capable of achieving with a patient. Bottom Line is.....MONEY MAKING ASSOCIATION SHOULD I CALL IT??????? Good Luck to everyone.

I have taken the exam 9 times. Passed all the exam strategy of spending for books ,review courses, no anxiety problems , wrote all the questions down after the exam, used all the ditions of Jean Inman, 2007,08,11,12. Spoke to Jean Inman, . The only thing i did not spend is go to her workshop, wrote to CDR, and in the end the answer is I should take help from testing center for computerised testing. I agree the exam taking skills are not going to help with patients and on the job . Someone in the CDR should take steps to change the program, internships, and testing. Streamline across USA for RD certifications. Those who already hold the certifications will not know this frustrations or they know but are quite because they have the certifications.

Thanks

03/03/13 02:53 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Stop paying for new how to pass RD exam books/cou
GRD
958 Posts

Registered Dietitian


    ...I hold the internships responsible for cranking out people who can't pass the exam-we had to take sample exams throughout the internship, and the hospital that I interned at never graduated 100% of their interns-if they saw that you weren't top notch, you were asked to leave. So now too many places crank out people and they don't prepare them adequately or else they would be able to knock out the exam without blinking. Something has gone very wrong.

I understand test anxiety can play a role in not doing well, but I do agree with the above post in some. Not all the exam is A=B questions, a lot of it (at least when I took it) was critical thinking, such as two answers may be right depending on the scenario, but which is the most correct for the situation in front of you. That is life as an RD. It's not always about parotting guidelines, it's about looking at the situation right in front of you and using judgement/critical thinking to formulate a plan of action for that person/situation whether it's clinical, community, foodservice, research, management, whatever - it's about critical thinking and putting the whole picture all together. That may be part of what's gone wrong with internships - too much focus on facts, not enough on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Because if one can't do those two things as an RD, one isn't really much use to the population one is attempting to serve.

Of course there are straightforward questions on the exam (know your FTEs calcs inside and out!) but I would recommend studying the WHYs of recommendations/guidelines/information opposed to just memorizing facts.

[Edited by GRD on 03/03/13 03:11 PM]

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