Hi all! It’s about that time. I graduated with my PharmD ~1 week ago. Now, it’s time to really crack down on studying for the NAPLEX/MPJE. However, if any of you know me, you know I’ve been slowly studying all throughout P4 year. Also, my school provided a required 1-month NAPLEX review course prior to graduation. With all of these things coming together, I feel very prepared for the NAPLEX. Here’s a few important tips and tricks for those of you trying to figure out how to study for this BEAST of an exam.
Personally, I absolutely LOVE RxPrep! I feel like they really highlight the important information and really had everything down in a reader-friendly book. However, I’m aware that it is a pretty pricey program (my school provided it for us).
There are a ton of other programs out there, that could be more suited to your price range. I would do more research to determine which program would be the most beneficial for you.
Most people feel that it is adequate to take 1 month to study for the NAPLEX, however, if you have the time, I feel like it is important to review the material as you go through P4 APPE rotations in order to ensure that you are as prepared as possible.
If you’re running low on time, you can take 2-4 weeks to go over the information that is most difficult for you, and go from there. I am currently in this stage of studying, and I plan to spend 3-4 hours a day on NAPLEX preparation (knowing I’ve already had a lot of preparation). For you, it may be 2-4 weeks of 8 hours study days. That is up to you.
It is SO important to be constantly doing the calculations chapters. I would suggest at least 1 hour a day of calculations. It is so easy for us to forget the formulas, and we want to be fresh with the math so we make sure we don’t miss any of the more simple math questions on the exam.
It is also SO important to know brand and generic. The exam will expect you to know both. If you know what amlodipine is and that it can cause gingival hyperplasia, but have no idea what Norvasc is, how do you expect to get the question right?
Other things to focus on:
Biostatistics, Compounding, Narrow Therapeutic Index drugs (and their therapeutic drug levels), Infectious Disease, Vaccines, Oncology, and any other topics more difficult for you.
It is also important to take all practice questions that you can, and try to think through why every other answer is wrong. It is important to understand the concepts, not just memorize the questions (newsflash, it won’t be the same questions on the NAPLEX).
Go through and determine your weaknesses on the first day of studying. Focus on these weaknesses. Make sure you’re comfortable with the information, then move on to brush up on the more familiar topics.
Exercise and Sleep!
Don’t neglect your self care. It is so important to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep and at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Keep your physical and mental self healthy, and you’ll do just fine!
Example Study Schedule (2 week)
Good luck and Stay Golden,
Update: I passed the NAPLEX on the first try!