My study tools
RD apps on your phone
May 17, 18 Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
May 21, 22 University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
May 24, 25 California State University, Los Angeles, CA
June 2,3 CW Post, Long Island University, Brookville, NY
June 4,5 University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT
July 20, 21 University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
July 23, 24 University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
RD 2016 Book
RD in a flash Flashcards: 630 cards plus the clinical and foodservice calculations answer sheet for 127$. I never used these.
My study tactics
I took about two weeks off after my internship to spend time with loved ones and enjoy the beginning of summer!
For the next five weeks I treated my studies like a job. I would study for about 8 hours a day (9:30/10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m), have some dinner with the family and then watch tv and review what I studied very casually at night.
First, I listened to the audio and wrote all of my extra notes down
For the following two days I made two copies of her 1000 question test, took one of the tests and graded myself to see which sections I needed to focus the most on
Next, I organized my life (study materials) and determined how much time I needed to study for each section by the page number amounts, the percentage of questions that are typically found on the exam of each section, and my pre-test results.
2017 test percentages are:
Principles of Dietetics 25%
how I Plan my study schedule
I took it section by section. Say I needed about eight days to study for clinical nutrition, and within clinical nutrition there were six mini sections. I took one day to study each section within clinical and allow for a review period on the fourth and the ninth day. REVIEW IS THE BEST THING THAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU !!
During my review days I would write out everything that I didn't know 100%, and after I finished studying each section I spent one or two days studying everything I wrote on my review sheets! From here, I allowed myself seven days for food science and did the exact same thing I did for the clinical nutrition section; however, I reviewed the clinical nutrition and the first three days of my food science study so it all remained fresh in my mind. This process continued for all five sections.
Following this process I took another test to see where I was at in my knowledge having gone through the entire Jean Inman book and my Lenoir-Rhyne RD book. I then studied and memorized all of the questions I answered incorrectly on the test.
After this I continued to review my review sheets on each section, which slowly began to dwindle as I was breaking down my study material into more dense material.
I had a healthy egg and veggie breakfast with a half an avocado and water and green tea, which gave me satiety (fullness) and energy! I also made sure to give myself plenty of time to have the food move through the digestive tract (if you know what I mean) and be able to use the restroom once I got to the facility -plus the "nervy poos," as I like to call them, kick in as well.
I gave myself an hour to get to my location that was 25 minutes away, and of course I got stuck in extremely slow moving traffic, which led me in panic and take back roads, which was not good for my "stress-free" morning mentality, but it all worked out & I made it safely with ten minutes to spare; don't think it can't happen to you.
My dad told me to go to the bathroom before my exam put my hands up in front of the mirror like I just finished a race....so naturally I did while waiting for someone to barge through the door haha
You've come this far with four years of undergrad + thousands of hours of study + a 9-12 month internship + thousands of dollars in student loans ...YOU'VE GOT THIS :))
During the Exam
Finally, right before going in I took one last deep breath, put my headphones on to cancel out any distracting noise such as typing or pencil tapping and got strait to work.
Each examinee will be given a minimum of 125 questions; 100 scored questions and 25 unscored pretest questions. The maximum number of questions possible is 145; 120 scored questions and 25 unscored pretest questions. If you click next once you finish the 125th question and go to the 126th question DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED!! Take a deep breath and keep going. It is not over, this just means you have twenty more questions to put your knowledge to the test and finish this thing like a champ, because you're about to be an RD :)
I found that:
50% of the questions I knew right off the bat
40% of the questions were between two answers and I had to use my critical thinking skills
10% of the questions I had absolutely know idea
The examination is scored on a scale of 1–50. The minimum scaled score required to pass the examination is always 25!!!!