PharmStu587

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PharmedOut,

Keep your head up and try your best to not let this test feel like it defines you, because it doesn't. It is just one hurdle that you will overcome. I do not know what your goals are in the profession, but take this time to reflect and prepare yourself to knock it out next time. You were obviously close, so a few things here and there could make all the difference.

Don't read too much into other threads either about how easy it was or this/that, it is easier to say those things once you're on the other side. Everyones experience coming up and going through pharmacy school is different, be proud that you made it this far and that YOU WILL pass the Naplex in the future.
 
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PharmedOut,

Keep your head up and try your best to not let this test feel like it defines you, because it doesn't. It is just one hurdle that you will overcome. I do not know what your goals are in the profession, but take this time to reflect and prepare yourself to knock it out next time. You were obviously close, so a few things here and there could make all the difference.

Don't read too much into other threads either about how easy it was or this/that, it is easier to say those things once you're on the other side. Everyones experience coming up and going through pharmacy school is different, be proud that you made it this far and that YOU WILL pass the Naplex in the future.
I appreciate the kind words. I just feel that the 45 waiting day period will make things much more difficult as far as retaining information. I noticed my mistakes as I went through the exam and went over areas I needed to work on over the past two weeks and feel impatient :-( Patience is a virtue.
 
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poiuytre1

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You are not alone, I just found out today that I failed and I am devastated. Especially since I was so close to passing. The majority of my cases were in my weak points (HIV and oncology) and I had hoped doing well in the calculations, biostats and other random cases would be enough.
 
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You are not alone, I just found out today that I failed and I am devastated. Especially since I was so close to passing. The majority of my cases were in my weak points (HIV and oncology) and I had hoped doing well in the calculations, biostats and other random cases would be enough.
It really sucks, I'm sorry to hear that. But I guess on to the next, right?
 

alnuaime

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Hello, I'm sorry to hear that.
I was in your exact same situation, I failed in May and have not taking it yet. I did not feel like studying after I failed, but I realized that I will take it sooner or later and no one is wasting time but me.
I don't think there is a way to take it sooner than 45 days. But I would take it all, try to go over questions of the chapter that you are good at so u do not forget them.
And what was said above is correct, I started looking at it this way, you are studying the material again and that will help you to be better at your career ( now keep in mind, failing the exam does not mean you are not good, it only means you were not lucky enough that day to pass)

Best of luck,
 
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Hello, I'm sorry to hear that.
I was in your exact same situation, I failed in May and have not taking it yet. I did not feel like studying after I failed, but I realized that I will take it sooner or later and no one is wasting time but me.
I don't think there is a way to take it sooner than 45 days. But I would take it all, try to go over questions of the chapter that you are good at so u do not forget them.
And what was said above is correct, I started looking at it this way, you are studying the material again and that will help you to be better at your career ( now keep in mind, failing the exam does not mean you are not good, it only means you were not lucky enough that day to pass)

Best of luck,
Thank you! Does the NABP contact you EXACTLY 45 days from the test date with a new ATT?

Goodluck to you as well!
 

alnuaime

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They did not really contact me.
I have not registered yet. But as far as I know they do not approve the test registration for you until 45 days pass by.

Thank you,
 
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I'm in the same boat as you are. The humiliation I feel at work, with all these people waiting for me to pass so that they can put me on the schedule to help relieve the pharmacists (they're 1 short right now), is indescribable. I studied so, so hard. I'm trying to get the motivation to start studying again ... it's just hard when you feel like you want to crawl into a hole & not come back out.
 

Lakeprincess

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You are not alone, I just found out today that I failed and I am devastated. Especially since I was so close to passing. The majority of my cases were in my weak points (HIV and oncology) and I had hoped doing well in the calculations, biostats and other random cases would be enough.
I feel so sorry to hear that and I also feel quite nervous having the exam scheduled soon.
There is a saying which I like most: This shall come to pass! It just might take more time than expected but for sure, you will be fine!
Btw, I am planning to study oncology focusing on only chemo and SE not trying to remember brand name and target therapies.. Could you share your experience with oncology questions?
 
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I feel so sorry to hear that and I also feel quite nervous having the exam scheduled soon.
There is a saying which I like most: This shall come to pass! It just might take more time than expected but for sure, you will be fine!
Btw, I am planning to study oncology focusing on only chemo and SE not trying to remember brand name and target therapies.. Could you share your experience with oncology questions?
Hi! First time posting so I hope I don't break any rules. I just took my Naplex yesterday. I didn't get many oncology questions but know treatments to prevent side effects (for example, Mesna for bladder protection).
 

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Hi! First time posting so I hope I don't break any rules. I just took my Naplex yesterday. I didn't get many oncology questions but know treatments to prevent side effects (for example, Mesna for bladder protection).
Thanks! Hope you passed! :)
 
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NAPLEX is tough. Make no mistake. A lot of the interns I work with seem to like RxPrep. You should be able to get the book at a reasonable price (<$200). Also make sure you can work the math problems cold. If you become a stone cold killer on pharmacy calculations, you'll greatly increase your chances of passing.
 
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Hi everyone, four of my friends who took the exam during the hurricane Harvey failed their test , two of which were really strong students. There is rumor that there was a system glitch and scores didn't curve or something like that! One of my friend got 28 which is unheard of ! I passed my naplex mine more than a month ago. I felt I totally failed after taking it but I ended up passing on the boarder.... So sounds little bit wierd to get 28 on naplex! Now has anyone heard of such rumors? I really feel for you all n I hope you all pass on ur very next try!
 
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Hi all, I had taken the Naplex for a second time and still haven’t passed. Now I have to wait another 45 days till I can schedule another one. Can anyone help provide sources to prepare for the naplex. Rx prep guide book isn’t enough. I also heard of the 120 sdn questions that people on heat have recommended. Thanks I really need to pass for this third time.
 

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Monitor where you think you are going wrong. If RxPrep doesn't cater to your style of learning, use some other sources. I hear lots have had success with PNN too. Also, join fb groups and there are group study sessions with other fellow students that you may benefit from. IMHO SDN 120 questions is way too complex for NAPLEX and the calculations are a lot more basic than that and I do feel that RxPrep sufficiently covered that aspect of it very well. You need 100% on RxPRep calculations quiz bank before the NAPLEX.

If you feel, that the case based format really throws you off, I have some books that could be of value to you. Feel free to pm me. I think at this stage,you really need to focus on where you're going wrong. If you have read the RxPrep book, it may just be as simple as that you know all the information but you just don't know how to apply it to the NAPLEX questions. I find that group study sessions can really help with the knowledge application part of it, there are lots of groups on fb so look around and join. Feel free to pm me if you think I can be of any help
 

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If you were good at test taking on school, chances are you will do just as well on the NAPLEX (well as in it should not pose any more difficulty than the exams you took during school, logistically speaking). I find most people who do bad on standardized exams study to "know" the material as honestly as possible which more often than not does not translate well to standardized exams. They often have the mentality of "It doesn't matter what is on the exam or how the information is presented because as long as I study and know everything, I will do well" which really couldn't be farther from the truth when it comes to cumulative exams (especially a 6-hour marathon of cumulative questions).

If you have the above mindset, you need to scrap that completely and immediately. You need to be able to study methodically and be able to decide yourself if certain material is important or even possible to be written on an exam without sounding like a reading/writing exam.
 
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Hopefully you ended up passing on the second attempt. I think what saved me was the calculations which I felt most confident about. These forums helped in finding where to focus my attention as far as disease states but calculations felt like a majority of the exam (i think theres some calculations document on this site).
 
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