How To Prepare For The CASC ExamA Strategy Guide
With the CASC exam costing over £1000 to sit, it’s not something to take lightly. You’ll want to do all you can to ensure you pass the first time. Today we are going to talk about some of the CASC preparation steps you can take to maximise your chances of passing the exam in a stress free way. Like all things, the CASC can seem incredibly daunting at first, but by breaking it down and having a plan, you can accomplish anything. To be of most help I will split my advice into a few sections or time frames; 1. Long Range (study) 2. Short Range (logistics) 3. On the Day (staying focused)
The CASC Preparation Guide
1. Long Range (study)In the weeks and months leading up to the CASC Exam, you will want to make sure you have your knowledge up to the required level. You’ll have already passed the written paper, so this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you are aware of any knowledge gaps you have, then get reading and fill them in. Look online for information about the kinds of stations the Royal College will likely have in the exam, but don’t take for granted that they will be 100% similar. Even a small change such as the patient’s age can make a vast difference in the scenario. (Such as a 16-year-old or an 18-year-old in a personality disorder station). You will want to research the format of the exam also. The Royal College has announced that they will be changing the way the exam is structured in the future. While it’s still uncertain what this restructuring will look like, it’s something you will want to be aware of before you walk into the exam hall. Practice role-playing different exam scenarios. You can do this with your colleagues or with your non-medical friends. This will help you to get used to giving complex information, taking a history and gathering symptoms to arrive at a diagnosis. However, practising with people you know, while helpful, may not always be the best way to go. Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to take things seriously when it’s a friend you’re talking to about a sexual history. It’s also all too easy to say “wait a minute, I can do it better than that” to a co-worker and just start over, where as you wouldn’t have that luxury with a real patient and you won’t have it in the exam. The number one best way to practice for the exam is with exam actors. You can find private tuition from exam actors with years of tutoring experience, such as myself, online. One to one or group tutorials can be booked to take place in your home, place of work or study or even online via web cam. There are also specialised exam preperation courses such as The Oxford Psych Course you can go on that will cover a wide range of skills and strategies to help you not only pass the exam but become a better clinician.
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