6 NPLEX Prep Tips

by Julie Tran

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Naturopathy.

1. Start Studying Early!

I studied months in advance. You really can’t cram for a test like this because so much information is covered. Remember to order the test preparation materials early so you can start preparing.

2. Order The Blueprint

Order The NPLEX Study Guide from NABNE. It costs $10, and must be paid by money order.

More info here: www.nabne.org/nabne_page_23.php#Anchor16

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1. Start Studying Early!

I studied months in advance. You really can’t cram for a test like this because so much information is covered. Remember to order the test preparation materials early so you can start preparing.

2. Order The Blueprint

Order The NPLEX Study Guide from NABNE. It costs $10, and must be paid by money order.

More info here: www.nabne.org/nabne_page_23.php#Anchor16

The NPLEX Study Guide outlines the material you’re responsible for to pass Part I and II. Within each blueprint, there are around 10 sample questions.

If you get the blueprint earlier, you can use it to focus your study even while you’re sitting in class. While the teacher is speaking, you can mentally check off things on the blueprint. It also helps you see the big picture rather than the small details.

The blueprint helps you figure out what you don’t know. For example, I might know where the deltoid muscle attaches, what nerve it moves, and the movements it helps the arm make. However, when I see “biceps” on the blueprint, I draw a blank. Then I know that I should test myself on the biceps until I get it down.

Usually, schools order the study guides for their students and give them out during exam time. However, if you’re out of school or if your school doesn’t take care of this, make sure you get to the website and order your guide now.

3. Form A Study Group

Get a group of classmates together. Set a time each week where you commit to meeting up and studying together. Think of this as an appointment you need to attend.

The study group serves to keep you accountable to someone. If left to your own devices, you’ll find yourself too busy to set aside time to study. But if you have to meet people, you’ll be more likely to sit down and hit the books.

4. Order Test Books

Healing Mountain Publishing is the only company that makes preparation materials for the NPLEX. You can order books with practice case questions. HMP also makes flashcards that you can use to test yourself and your study partners.

More info here: www.healingmountainpublishing.com/catalog/index_study.aids.html

The NABNE blueprint only gives you an outline of things you should know. HMP books help fill in the gaps.

I also used the First Aid For The USMLE Step 1 Book. Although it’s for MDs trying to get licensed, the USMLE actually covers a lot of the same material as the NPLEX.

5. Big Picture First, Details Later

Don’t get bogged down in details. You need to understand the big picture first.

For example, let’s talk about digestion. For the big picture, you want to know what organs are involved in digestion and what each of the organs do. You trace the route your food takes through your body before it gets expelled in urine or stool.

Later, you tackle the minutia. What chemical does the stomach produce? What chemical does the pancreas produce to digest protein? How long does it take the food to go through your body? What’s in saliva and what does it do?

6. Relax

It’s the day before the test. Close your books, and go to sleep early. If you’ve been preparing ahead of time, you have nothing to worry about. I can guarantee you probably know more than you think.
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