I’ll contribute to that post but wanted to leave on this post as well:
Congratulations on passing the exam!
Could you please share which references you used to prepare for your BCACP? Did you try any mock tests? How much time did you invest in studying each day. I want to take the exam in the Fall 2020.
Hey thanks for your input...I have the exam coming up 10/2020 and I’m getting extremely nervous and feeling unprepared...I’ll be honest I have purchased HYMR and listened to a few lectures... but felt like I should start with QBank to see how I do...so far I’ve been getting most questions wrong...at this point I feel like I should reschedule my exam!! Any tips for studying in such a short period of time would be great (I also work fulll time )I’ll contribute to that post but wanted to leave on this post as well:
I have a managed care background (did a managed care residency, worked at a health plan, worked at a PBM), so this exam was a personal challenge/goal of mine.
I used High Yield Med Review and ACCP.....I bought the ACCP 2019 materials and tried to start studying in July 2019, but the material was so in depth, and I was so busy that I kept putting it off and never picked up the study materials again until January of this year. Halfway through studying the Cardiology lectures, I realized I needed a better study method or resource because I was always referencing other text to understand foundational information that ACCP would skip.
I'm a "why person" I need to know why foundational things function the way they are, and then it is easier for me to understand. I pivoted and started using HYMR as my main source of studying. I heard great reviews from people who used it, and they also have a money back guarantee as long as you complete the learning lectures and test questions (read the rules). I DID NOT want to pay for an additional resource, but I'm glad that I used HYMR because things just made more sense! Once I finished lecture topics I would cross reference and read the ACCP lectures and they made much more sense. This may be a lot for some people, but where one lacked the other picked up the slack in terms of information. HYMR was definitely better than ACCP for statistics. I felt very confident after the exam about the stats questions, and I had high scores on practice exams for the stats section.
I started to panic for the regulatory section right before the exam, but I think ACCP & HYMR did a great job of covering these sections. I bought the med101 regulatory guide the morning of the exam actually, haha.... but it was succinct and a good refresher. I believe the future exams will have less regulatory questions...not sure.
I felt AWFUL after the exam, but I surprisingly passed on my first time taking it. Kudos to those on this forum who shared their experience of not passing the first time but kept going. Reading your stories definitely motivated me! Like everyone said, you will not feel like you aced the exam leaving out! The first two days I did nothing but think about the exam and the questions I was unsure about. I was like there is no way I will be able to wait two months for the results, but eventually (days later) I stopped thinking about it. I felt confident about some questions but then had doubts about other questions. BPS also gives the opportunity for you to give feedback on questions. I remember thinking that one of their questions had two answers but one of the answers was misleading, so I left a comment on the particular question. I wish I would have used that feature of the exam more often actually!
The exam should provide a calculator for calculations as well as some sort of space for writing notes (mini whiteboard, scratch paper, etc.). Lab values were not provided on my exam, so I would know common labs. I wasn't going to post because I have been an onlooker on this site throughout my time studying, but it was helpful to see others' testimonies and I wanted to pay it forward. Best of luck to anyone thinking about taking the exam! You can do it if you're serious about it (or insanely knowledgeable).
hey guys how is it looking? I failed in fall 2019 but totally stocked to take the exam since I have a better idea what was expected. I have spent jan 2020 focusing on biostats, oncology, HIV. I have these down for the most part. The rest should be just review.... im gonna pass y'all. I got 450 the first time with out touching these three areas, I think I will pass this time around.
Do not reschedule..just do it.... and if you fail just do it again. A lot of people get the questions wrong just practice practice practice. I have my exam in 2 weeks and I am nervous. I am going to purchase the ACCP mock exam now and just practice the questions a week before. This exam is no joke I said I wouldn't take it again but here I am one year later.. Hopefully they aren't as many regulatory questions like last year, I thought the exam had at least 40% regulatory questions. Good luckHey thanks for your input...I have the exam coming up 10/2020 and I’m getting extremely nervous and feeling unprepared...I’ll be honest I have purchased HYMR and listened to a few lectures... but felt like I should start with QBank to see how I do...so far I’ve been getting most questions wrong...at this point I feel like I should reschedule my exam!! Any tips for studying in such a short period of time would be great (I also work fulll time )
Thank you for sharing your experience. May I ask what you did differently this time around in preparing for the exam?How was the exam? I took it last fall but didn't study enough. I started studying 4 weeks prior and received 451. I got mostly questions on Policy and Regulatory which I didn't study, not that many clinical questions.. it was a mess. I am retaking it in 3 weeks. Any advice?
Sooooo, I take the exam tomorrow and I am kind of excited. I am done studying and this journey has been great. I am okay if having to do it again but I am proud of myself and the commitment I have made thus far. Since residency has been cray cary for me in life. I look forward to the weekend and cleaning by desk off hehe. Best of luck to everyone!
Did you buy the materials to study yet? I am planning to take in spring 2021, but couldn't find the package that cost 600-800$. Can you please share the link with me where you find the materials? Would love to form a study group too if you are interested.I'm planning on taking it in Spring 2021. Can someone tell me which ACCP course I'm supposed to buy for pharmacotherapy? There're so many options, I'm confused. If I don't need any CPE credit, do I just buy the one that says "workbook only" which is like $265 versus the other packages which are $600-$800. Also, is it wise to buy it now or would there be an updated version of the course that comes out later? Thanks in advance!