BCSE 2017 - Retake

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  1. Bcseretake

    Bcseretake

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    Apr 14, 2017
    Hi everyone,

    I just basically wanted to blow out some steam over here with others that might be on the same situation as me. I have taken the BCSE exam 3 times now. My last attempt was April 6, 2017 and I failed it again. I really cannot understand the mechanism of this test as my score went up but it says that I am bellow average on the subjects. I have graduated in Brazil in 2014 and I have been working in a different area since then (lack of jobs in my area) and as my mom is a US citizen I would like to come to the US and live near her.

    So here is what I have done:

    On my first attempt, I did the test without any preparation and scored 460 points. I wanted to see how I was doing. That was in 2015.

    On my second attempt I studied with Zuku and I got 450 points in total. I must say that I did not do the test questions, only the study ones. Although my points were lower they said that I was at or above average in three sections of the exam. That was in 2015 also.

    My third attempt was last week and today I got the results: 480 points and I studied with VETPREP for almost one year (did all the study mode) plus compiled and study my notes and more than 500 flash cards, I have one notebook for each species where I did a massive review and wrote everything that came up and I did not know about it, and at the end, on the exam, it said that I am below average on all but one section.

    I really cannot understand it. I am lost when it comes to study/revise for this exam as I see other people trying it for the first time and passing it without any problems, so I wonder if the issue was my education (or lack of) or just no luck to get the easy questions. English is not a problem for me as I lived in England for 10 years previously in my life and even got a First Class Honors Degree at a university there before doing my vet degree. The exam does change, questions are different each time, just a couple I can recall that I have seen it before.

    Is anyone out there having the same issue? People who have used vetprep and zuku have you done 100% both study modes and test mode? Honestly...

    Any feedback would really be appreciated. If there is a study group out there who is willing to have me I would like to join. I am planning on sitting the exam again in 4 months when I am allowed again as I will be here in the US visiting my mother again and I would like to change my strategy as what I have done so far seems not to have helped.

    I do not know if I shall sign up for vetprep or zuku again as I am short on money and I have to think of my air fare as well. I liked both courses. They are both good.

    Good luck for anyone sitting the exam soon (I really do hope you pass on your first attempt because it is something less to worry about) and feel free to comment.
    Thanks!
     
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  3. Vestellog

    Vestellog

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    Mar 6, 2017
    Same!!! I took the BCSE exam last year but couldn't manage to score well. My score was 470 , I studied with Zuku, Merck, Mosby's, pasquini guide, but still something going wrong in the exam. I thought I did well but I surprised with the result. Exam format and questions are totally different .
     
  4. Vestellog

    Vestellog

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    Mar 6, 2017
    I am planing to retake the exam this year again but I should change my study strategies , Zuku and vet prep both are good but not enough. I need more concentration on Basic science and Diagnosis ( X-Ray - Ultra sound - pathology ) ,Anesthesia ( general ,epidural anesthesia ,nerve block) Animal welfare ( example question from last exam Q/what is the unquestionable method to euthanize poultry? ) you got one or tow question in animal welfare if the answer not correct you will not pass ( below the average).
     
  5. teamtitan

    teamtitan

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    May 9, 2017
    Hi, Indian vet here, gave my 2nd attempt on 1st may, 2017 and waiting for results. are you planning to sit the exam again?
     
  6. Dr.PDX

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    Jun 8, 2017
    Hi there,

    I plan to take BCSE some time at the end of this year, 2017, my ultimate goal is to get pathology license in years of future. BTW, I am from Portland, Oregon. Email study group works for me!---Pdx
     
  7. wahied0

    wahied0 2+ Year Member

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    May 10, 2015
    I passed it in 2016 from the first time
    I used zuku for the BCSE and vet prep for the NAVLE, I think vet prep is an over kill for the BCSE its more suitable for the NAVLE
    I finished all study questions and 70% of test questions I studied the questions for each category at least 2 to 3 times
    Zuku or vet prep alone is defiently not enough
    I studied alot I used zuku questions to understand the important topics in every category and started studing and creating my own material mainly from merck vet
    When I had the exam I was sure of 50% of questions, those were the questions that I was dead sure about, the rest I used my logic and anayltical abilties which is a big deal to pass both exams and I think that is your problem, when you see a question that you dont know just don't panic and don't choose randomly they put these questions for a reason to test your analytical skills also dont forget that there are 25 prestest questions and usually most of these questions are pretty hard and thats why they are pretest so they measure if they are too hard to be used so don't get frustrated when you fail to figure out many questions I remember when I took the BCSE the first 10 or 15 questions were like reading chiness, I had no idea what they were talking about then it got better
    Don't give up and keep trying and study like your life depends on it
     
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  8. Dr.PDX

    Dr.PDX

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    Jun 8, 2017
    You are awesome! thanks a lot for the sharing and information. ---Pdx
     
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  9. Derpcorg

    Derpcorg 2+ Year Member

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    I would stick with Zuku and not Vetprep for BCSE. Also dig out your class notes from first and second yr of vet school.

    Sent from my Nexus 5X using SDN mobile
     
  10. vetjeff

    vetjeff

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    Jul 7, 2017
    Hi everyone,

    Let me share my experience, I passed BCSE at May 2016. I failed on my first sitting at Mar 2016, my score is 550 at that time, I didn't study Merck or other notes, I only stick on Zuku review, I had done all the questions before I took my first test, but I failed. But after that, I know how the test goes and what should I study for, so before my second test, I read all the Zuku notes, and review all the questions again. And I passed this time!! So my opinion would be stick on Zuku for BCSE, don't do Vetperp, Vetperp is for NAVLE. The way they ask questions at BCSE is way different than NAVLE. So I won't recommend using Vetprep for preparing BCSE.

    And for NAVLE, I won't recommend Zuku, the NAVLE review questions from Zuku is almost the same as their BCSE review. I used Zuku NAVLE review to prepare for my NAVLE at Nov 2016, and I failed. Then I try Vetprep before my second NAVLE test at Apr 2017, I had only done about 30% of the questions, and I passed this time. But I also read all the power notes from Vetprep and watch almost all the power lectures. They are really useful!! So if you are preparing for NAVLE now, I would definitely recommend Vetprep. And make sure you read all the notes first, because they will be your fundamental knowledge to pass the NAVLE! Although the Zuku review questions is not that useful for NAVLE, but the Zuku notes are still useful, so if you have time, try to review them as well. Don't try to memorize the questions, try to realize them, because you won't get the same questions on your test, so when you are doing the practice questions, try to get use to the way they ask the questions, so even you are not sure about the answer, you can still pick the right answer! Hopefully this will help someone who is preparing for BCSE and NAVLE.
     
  11. jjmanutd24

    jjmanutd24

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    Nov 11, 2015
    Hey everyone,

    Im a recent veterinary graduate from India. Im enrolled in the ECFVG program and currently living in the states.
    I gave my first attempt for the BCSE in December 2016 and failed with a score of 530. During that time I had only 1-2 months to study and I had opted for ZukuReview, I finished all the questions and study mode tests. I remember I was sitting at home all day and studying for 6-8 hours a day, cramming information into my head. This I believe was my main downfall. From what Ive learned, you have to set up a reasonable timetable and study a few hours a day. And thats how I started practicing for my next attempt at the exam.

    I also decided that only relying on Zuku was not a good Idea and this time I invested in 1-2 more books like McCurnins Clincial textbook for Veterinary Technicians (I believe this book helped me the most) and Textbook of Veterinary Physiology. So in March I began preparing for my next attempt. I decided to stick with Zuku because they renewed my subscriptions for another 3 months for free and I also hit the books this time. I wrote down all my missed questions and revised them as often as I could. I recently gabe the BCSE exam on June 30th, and I found out that I passed.
     
  12. vetjeff

    vetjeff

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    Jul 7, 2017
    BTW, I forgot to mention that I am now a veterinary assistant working at a small animal clinic in southern CA, so I can't spend 6-8 hours a day for studying, I only have about 2 hours to study everyday. That's why I stick on Zuku review for BCSE, because they already highlight the most important parts for you to study. Of course, if you have time, you can read some textbooks, that would be really helpful in the future for the CPE and your practice in the real world.
     

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