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Pharmacy Technician
Certification Examination
Test-Taking Skills
PREPARE FOR THE TEST
•	 Know exactly what you will be t...
10 Mosby’s Review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination
TIPS FOR MULTIPLE-CHOICE
QUESTIONS
•	 Remember tha...
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Review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination

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  1. 1. 9 Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Test-Taking Skills PREPARE FOR THE TEST • Know exactly what you will be tested on. Review test outlines if available. • Study all key topics that will appear on the exami- nation. • Spread out your review over a period of weeks. Focused reviews over time are more effective than cramming. • Outline your text and mark topics that need a more concentrated review. • Try to predict questions that may be on the test, then test your skills in answering them. ON THE DAY OF THE TEST • Get enough sleep the night before the test. Make sure you have gotten adequate sleep the week before the test as well. • Arrive early and choose a comfortable working area. • Dress casually and comfortably. Take extra time to plan appropriate clothes. • Come with your admissions ticket and government- approved identification (driver’s license, walker’s identification or passport). • The following items are not permitted in the test- ing room: • Electronic devices including • Cell phones • PDAs • Personal calculators (Test Center provided cal- culators are permitted) • Translators • Any other electronic device • Outerwear, e.g. coats or jackets • Hats, barrettes and clips larger than 1/4 inch or hairbands wider than 1/2 inch • Wallets, watches or jewelry wider than 1/4 inch • Backpacks, briefcases, purses or other bags • Notes, books or translating devices • Pens or pencils • Food or drinks • Water bottles, inhalers, eye drops or lip balm • Weapons of any kind AS YOU TAKE THE TEST • Listen, read, and follow the directions carefully. • Answer the questions in order but postpone ques- tions that challenge you until later in the test. Answer the harder questions later. • On your second pass through the test, ignore the answered questions and focus only on the ques- tions you did not answer. • Never leave a question unanswered; there is no penalty for guessing. (Time management is a key to success; it is to your advantage to answer all the items on the test.) • Change your answers only when you are certain you made a mistake. Your first answer is usually the correct one.
  2. 2. 10 Mosby’s Review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination TIPS FOR MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS • Remember that there is only one preferred answer even though more than one answer may appear to be correct. • Use the process of elimination when you do not know the answer. Eliminate the most obviously wrong answer first, then eliminate the second, and then make your best decision between the last two choices. • If you are still unsure about which is the correct answer, select the longer or more descriptive answer of the remaining answer set. • Slow down when you see negative words in the question. Look for words such as not, except, and so on. In these cases, you need to identify the false statement instead of the true statement. • Items that contain “absolutes,” such as always, never, must, all, and none, severely limit the mean- ing of the item. Statements that contain absolutes are sometimes incorrect. See Appendix A for specific information for the PTCE and the NHA exams.

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