How to Pass the FP-C Exam

How to Pass the FP-C Exam on Your First Attempt

Since the launch of Ditch Doc EM, and The Ditch Doc EM Podcast, I have received numerous requests for various article/episode topics.  In fact, I’ve received so many great suggestions, that I have a hard time choosing where to begin.  One of the most common requests, however, is for me to make an episode with tips for passing the FP-C exam.  I put my thinking cap on and compiled some really good intel for anyone considering sitting for the exam.  So have a listen to the ‘cast and check out the show notes below!

The FP-C Exam

  • 135 Multiple choice questions (10 are unscored)
  • 2 1/2 Hours is allowed.
  • Scored instantly
  • Self-schedule
  • Candidate Handbook

General Test Taking Strategy

  • Get a good night’s sleep the night prior (no studying)
  • Eat Breakfast
  • Arrive at the testing site early
  • Don’t change your answer unless you are SURE you know the correct one.

Attending a Prep Course is NOT a Suggestion

  • Attending a prep/review course is a requirement for recertification, but is not required prior to initial certification.
  • If you want to pass the exam on your first attempt, take a prep/review course prior to your test date (within about a month).
  • These courses are intensive, take notes.
  • Talk to those who have taken the exam while you are there (but not during class).
  • Find an approved course near you by clicking here.

Dump Your Brain

  • DO NOT look at a single exam item until you have finished your brain dump!
  • Use a mnemonic to remember your entire brain dump, with shorter mnemonics built in for each section.
  • Include in brain dump:
    • All equations
    • All lab values
    • Burn formulas
    • Rule of 9s
    • Hemodynamic values
    • Vent settings

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