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Not sure if I passed NREMT exam

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by MissAmericanPie, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. MissAmericanPie

    MissAmericanPie Troop Supporter

    Dec 8, 2005
    New Hampshire

    I studied many hours per day for two weeks. I read the Brady EMS book cover to cover taking notes as I went. I made pretty flash cards to study vitals, oxygen admin., AED sequence, and treatments for shock, trauma, cardiac arrest, fractures, spinal injuries, etc. I reviewed my notes regularly. I obsessed over patient assessment. I focused on signs/symptoms and interventions for such.

    However, putting it all together in a scenario and finding the BEST answer out of sometimes two technically correct answers is another story. Uggh.

    I came away from this exam without any confidence. A lot of the subject matter on which I focused in my study materials was barely represented in the exam. It focused heavily on pediatrics, POC (I had about 6 or 7 questions on this), geriatrics, anaphylaxis and other allergies, and pregnancy. And because it is adaptive, it stops when you have either accumulated enough points to pass or it stops when you have not accumulated enough points to make passing a possibility even if you completed the entire exam.

    I only made it to 75 questions ( anywhere between 60 and 120 are possible, I believe). And, of course I have to wait two days to get my results.

    I guess I may need to fine tune my critical thinking skills, if I need to retake it. Any suggestions?
  2. FlaFF


    Jan 7, 2005
    Dont overthink things. Airway, airway, airway.


  3. MissAmericanPie

    MissAmericanPie Troop Supporter

    Dec 8, 2005
    New Hampshire
    I passed!!!!! :)

    I did think airway. In fact I could tell that the test was trying to throw me away from the airway on several questions to see if I would focus on the ABCs. And my instructor drilled it into us to not read into the questions any further than the information that was provided.

    Anyway, this thread is all for naught. Woo-hoo!
  4. Tvov


    Sep 30, 2000
    This thread is NOT for naught! Whooho! You passed!


    (hmm, smilies not working? maybe just my computer)
  5. MissAmericanPie

    MissAmericanPie Troop Supporter

    Dec 8, 2005
    New Hampshire
  6. jmatteau


    Jan 4, 2004
    Good job! I took my NREMT in 2000 and I walked out of there KNOWING I failed it. Back then it took forever to get the results and when I finally got them two and half months later, I passed with an 83. It is a tough test and they try to screw you up constantly.

  7. freshmeat


    Apr 6, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    Very hard test! So again, CONGRATS!!!
  8. MissAmericanPie

    MissAmericanPie Troop Supporter

    Dec 8, 2005
    New Hampshire
    Thanks again, everyone!

    I wish I knew what I received for a score. It is simply "pass" or "fail" now.

    But I will be quite content with my "pass".:)

    I am now so nervous that my next call is going to be a cardiac or some other code without ever having the luxury of assisting the experienced EMTs on my squad first. When you are experienced, high-stress situations can run smoothly since you have practical training and experience to revert to, however, when you are a newbie, there is nothing to fall back on except for the limited practical classroom experience and the text materials.

    Let's hope it builds gradually. I dread getting thrown into the mud.

    But I learned how to back up the ambulance today!! I did well.:)

    Take care guys, and thanks for the congrats.
  9. MissAmericanPie

    MissAmericanPie Troop Supporter

    Dec 8, 2005
    New Hampshire
    Wow, is that PAINFUL!! I would be a miserable stress-case. The system has seen marked improvements, I guess.

    I'm glad it is a tough test, since you want to be very prepared for a job where failure could mean that someone dies that didn't have to. But as you mentioned, it is so difficult to gauge whether or not you passed or failed.
  10. RLDS45S


    Jun 8, 2003
    One thing that I hope you did was practice skill sets to the point of nausea. I know I went for 2 yrs in a busy ALS service of not having to do an EJ stick. Lucky I guess, but my ability came from having verbalized and pictured the skill many times. Just like the first surgical cric I did (done on dog in lab), but again my comfort came in being able to visualize.......

    You can not worry yourself to death! It will eat you alive!
  11. Hunca Munca

    Hunca Munca nonplussed

    Dec 20, 2006
    allegheny county
    Congrats on passing!

    1. Don't be the one that crashes the ambulance
    2. Learn where the equipment is so you don't have to think about where stuff is when SHTF
    3. Try not to be a "whacker"
    4. Remember that you are not just there to carry stuff for the paramedics
    5. You will get a call as soon as you order food
  12. obxprnstar

    obxprnstar Goth Lover

    Jan 8, 2003
    Zombie Patrol
    I just wanted to get in on this late, and say congrats


    Jan 24, 2005
    Tempe, AZ
    I think the brady book and the NREMT are two totally different animals. Its like studying french in order to prepare for a spanish test.

    Glad you passed!