I know how hard it is to fail the most important test of your veterinary journey. I was there too and it’s never easy to deal with failure. Today I want to share some tips to crush the next time you take the North American Veterinary License Exam (NAVLE).
- Make a list of the topics or species you did not feel comfortable with when you failed NAVLE. For example, I did not know my bovine or equine species very well. Then, start by reviewing those species first and get familiar with the diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and breed predisposition.
- Practice mixed questions every day and every time you have a break. The more you get used to mixed questions, the more prepared you will be.
- If you’re a visual learner, check out the Zuku Top 20 videos, zoonosis videos, and the NEW videos for study strategy. These videos are very helpful and focus on important points of the big diseases.
- Do as many ICVA Self-Assessment tests as you can before the test and review the questions. There are currently three versions of the practice tests available. One of the practice tests has expanded feedback and it will allow you to review the questions you answered correctly and incorrectly. Take some time to review the incorrect ones and read more about those diseases/species.
- Remember the breakdown by species as a percentage and use your time wisely during the test. If you are running out of time, use your time left to answer first the questions about the main species: canine (26%), feline (24%), equine (15%) and bovine (13%).
- Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with zoonosis diseases, reportable diseases, practice management, and statistic/calculation questions. These questions will come and the faster you can answer them the more time you will have.
- Last but not least: it is important to get your mindset right. Write down how would you feel when you’ve passed this test and use positive affirmations while doing practice tests or when taking the real test.
Good luck and happy studying!