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The NAC Exam Short Answer Questions: How to Prepare?

This material gives you an opportunity to review sample questions and get a sense of how the computer-based testing interface works. 28 Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) and 6 Clinical Decision Making (CDM) cases are available to help you prepare for the MCCQE Part I. The correct answers for the sample questions are provided, and any answers that you submit will not be scored.

 

Coming soon: The MCC is developing MCQ and CDM instructional videos for you to become familiar with the exam interface and functionality.

 

Testing Your Knowledge with Practice Tests

 

The MCQ Practice Test is now available within our new Practice Test Portal. Practice tests offer you the opportunity to test your level of preparedness for the new MCCQE Part I. These tests are designed to help you familiarize yourself with the types of questions you could encounter. They are related to the new Blueprint as well as the online delivery platform of the MCCQE Part I. Physicians and experts who have experience with the MCC’s content development process have created the practice test content.

 

Write-in Questions: What Counts as One Answer?

 

The MCCQE Part I CDM component includes questions that require written answers. To offer extra guidance, the following examples depict what counts as “one” answer:

 

  • Electrolytes including Na, K, Cl, CO3 (does not include glucose)
  • CBC and differential
  • Liver enzymes (includes AST, ALT, GGT, ALP, bilirubin)
  • LFT (bilirubin, INR, albumin)
  • Cardiac enzymes (includes CK, TNI, TNT)
  • Urinalysis (Urine R&M)
  • Urine Culture & Sensitivity
  • INR, PTT
  • Lipids (includes LDL, HDL, total cholesterol, TG)
  • Type & crossmatch
  • FSH/LH
  • Thyroid function (TSH only)
  • Immunoglobulins
  • Lumbar fluid analysis
  • Gonorrhea/chlamydia
  • Renal function (includes creatinine, eGFR, BUN/Urea)

 

Frequently asked questions

 

If you have questions about the MCCQE Part I – for example, at which point you can apply for the exam, or whether you should take a review course – we encourage you to review our MCCQE Part I frequently asked questions.

 

Transition to DSM-5

 

In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The MCC has worked with its test committees to review the classification changes in DSM-5 and update the language in its exam content from the previous edition, DSM-IV-TR.

 

As of 2017, any questions that use the DSM-5 wording on the MCCQE Part I will no longer include equivalent language from the DSM-IV-TR. You will be required to answer with DSM-5 terminology as of 2017 to receive full marks.

 

Objectives for the Qualifying Examination

 

When creating MCCQE Part I questions, the MCC’s test committees are guided by the Objectives for the Qualifying Examination. This a document that outlines what candidates must know for any MCC examination. For this reason, the Objectives may be useful in your MCCQE Part I preparation. We recommend you go through each clinical presentation and carefully read the related objectives. If you feel your knowledge or skill for any given objective is weak, this could indicate that you need further study in that area.

 

Reference Materials

 

The MCC has compiled a list of reference books and online reference materials that may be helpful in preparing for the examination.

 

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