DOCTOR TOM'S TOP TEN TIPS:
PASSING THE PHARMACY BOARDS
Published Online: Monday, October 1, 2007
The pharmacy boards are your last hurdle to a pharmacy license. You should do several things in order to
prepare for these ?finals.? I would wish you good luck, but ?luck? won?t help. Your success is up to you. If you have
prepared for your college exams, then this is just another final. You will do fine. Remember these tips as you progress
through your pharmacy curriculum:
- Keep copies of your old pharmacy exams, and use them as a refresher course.
- Do not cram for pharmacy exams.You will quickly forget most of what was crammed.
- Be sure to obtain and review a board study guide so that you will know what to
- Go to a board review session. They are usually conducted by your school or a private
education company. Ask your advisor for dates and times.
- Pay particular attention to studying and reviewing pharmacy law. For many, this is the
most challenging part of the boards.
- Take practice exams.You can find them
on the National Board of Pharmacy?s
- Get a good night?s sleep before you
take your boards. Forget an ?all-night
cram session.? There is just too much to
review and you have been preparing for the last 4 years.
- Relax the day before the boards and do whatever you do to reduce
stress?read, listen to music, exercise, or meditate...whatever works
- As you take the boards, stay focused and do not worry about missing
a few questions.You do not need an ?A,? just a passing score.
- Remember that the vast majority of graduates pass the boards on their
first try. If you have taken your pharmacy studies seriously, you should
have no problem.