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).
     

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