The NBRC clinical simulation exam has the distinction of being the hardest exam to pass of all allied health fields. This includes nursing, radiology, physical therapy and laboratory technician board exams. With a current pass rate of only 62% for first time candidates it’s no wonder you’ve ended up on this blog post, searching for ways to improve your chances of passing. Repeat CSE exam candidates faired even worse with just a 47% pass rate in 2021.
Here’s a list of things to do and not do while challenging the toughest test the NBRC has to offer; the dreaded Clinical Simulation Exam, or CSE.
When gathering information, do not choose a test or assessment you’ve never heard of.
This can be a really bad approach for a couple of reasons. First, the NBRC takes away more points for making an incorrect selection than for simply not choosing a correct answer. Missing out on a couple of potential points is bad, but not as bad as having points deducted for choosing the wrong answer. Second, the NBRC often inserts tests in the information gathering section that don’t actually exist.
Do not order time consuming tests during an emergency.
Do things in the correct order
Do not use the patient’s weight given in the exam question to select a tidal volume.
Predicted body weight is based on the patient’s gender and height. Fortunately, beginning January 15, 2020 NBRC exams will include a calculator for use in determining the patient’s predicted body weight.
Of course, you still need to know the formula so here it is:
Review the NBRC CSE detailed content outline
Learn and practice at the same time
Students love our practice simulations because feedback is provided for each selection a student makes as they go through the simulation. As a result, students are able to learn and practice at the same time. In addition, you can take and retake our practice simulations as many times as you like without limit. If you’re ready to prepare to pass the NBRC simulation exam, have a look at our NBRC RRT® exam review and practice simulations here!