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The Certifying Exam is the most difficult, high stakes professional exam you will ever take.
(The overall Certifying Exam pass rate over the last 5 years is 76%.)
Candidates often struggle because of the pervasive and profound misconceptions, misunderstandings and mystery associated with the exam, which can compromise preparation.
The result? Lack of confidence, anxiety, guessing.
Board Basics℠ offers an introduction to the exam process. The objective is to help you have a better sense of the complexities of the exam process, and to showcase Odyssey's strengths in enhancing your preparation and performance. Content is added monthly to this page, and will be archived as an ongoing resource.
Content in Board Basics is based on Dr. Argy's 23 years of experience teaching board preparation to over 4,800 surgeons, his lectures, and his book, Demystifying the Surgery Certifying Examination.
Candidate Mode℠ (Test Anxiety)
The mind's threat response is activated by anxiety, uncertainty and inexperience with the exam, and produces counterproductive behaviors and compromised performance.
What is the Real Goal of the Oral Exam?
In order to prepare well and have a strong exam performance, you need to be sure you are achieving the goal of the exam. Misunderstandings, however, are extremely common.
What Core Skills Do You Need to Perform Well?
Core skill sets need to be developed and focused to meet the actual goals of the exam.