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PhD/PsyD 495 on EPPP (74 NY), so discouraged...

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by psychely, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. psychely

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    Hello everyone,

    I took the EPPP today (I suppose yesterday now) for the second time after spending 2.5 intensive months (following a break after failing in March of this year, which I studied lightly for about a month) reading AR/AATBS texts, listening to PsychPrep audios, and taking AR practice tests.

    What really bothers me, is that I felt pretty good during the exam, and to have a score 5 points away from passing makes it that much more of a bitter pill to swallow. The problem for me is that I really think I know the material, but I have always struggled with multiple choice format, but this has not usually been a problem since most of my undergraduate and graduate studies focused much more on written evaluations.

    After studying so intensely for the past couple of months, I feel exhausted, drained, and so disappointed that had I answered maybe one or two questions better, I would have passed. The idea of going to the testing centre and taking the exam for a third time is so daunting and depressing, not to mention the studying I'll have to do prior to that. I suppose there's some little part of me that is hoping that I can possibly appeal the score, or that my licensing board might accept the score anyway, but I highly doubt it.

    The worst part is that I so anticipated to pass, that I preemptively booked a holiday which I now don't even believe I deserve or will enjoy :(
     
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  3. foreverbull

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    Ouch. That is frustrating to be so close yet so far!

    Are you looking for advice or just wanting to vent? My inclination is to suggest taking the practice EPPP at Pearson during your next study period to make sure you're prepared enough (and it uses the same EPPP question language), and to see the breakdown of how you do on the sections. Then you can review the low-scoring sections most heavily. That might be a more effective way to gauge readiness, and it will most closely simulate the test environment and similar levels of anxiety. Just a thought!
     
  4. psychely

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    Thank you for your reply! I think I will do that. I've taken the PEPPP once before, when I took the exam for the first time. I told a colleague about what has happened with the score, and they recommended that I call the testing centre to try to have the exam rescored... I've tried, but I've only been put on hold. Is there any possible chance do you think that this can help me? Or am I just SOL... I really am having such a difficult time swallowing the score being so close! I debated on a question for a long time, and I'm now wondering if that was the one that kept me from passing :(
     
  5. foreverbull

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    I've never heard of having the exam "rescored" as an option. Most people who've talked about struggling with the EPPP in here seem to miss by a relatively small margin like you, so it is frustrating, but I think you might need to cut your losses and move on. You could agonize forever over that one question, but you'll never know the answer.

    If you took the PEPPP before, was it helpful? You might need to change your study tactics and buy a different set of online practice exams or get different hand-me-down practice tests. My approach was to take notes of the written material to engage more during studying, listen to the associated audio section to reinforce it, and then take practice tests at regular intervals. Some people swear by flashcards, some people dig through youtube videos, some people use the Modern Psychologist EPPP study guide. I would suggest studying more hours than your last two tries and changing something about your study habits/methods. If there's a possibility anxiety is affecting your performance, you might need to address that as well. Best of luck!
     
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    I ended up calling, and apparently they stopped rescoring the exam a few years ago, so that option was out!

    To answer your question, I recently took the PEPPP again, one month after the EPPP with no additional studying, and passed! I scored a 560. Do you think that is a good enough score to attempt the EPPP again? I have been studying lightly in the meantime, and have been able to acquire an extra hour for the exam and a water bottle, hopefully these will help with my anxiety!
     
  7. foreverbull

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    Hmmm..that's a good sign. I'd continue to review; take a few more practice tests if available and review notes/audio... and perhaps it's time to set a test date for the EPPP?
     

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