EMS Tips

Best EMT Test Prep Ideas

At the Minnesota EMS Educators conference I was really struck when Heather Davis said, “More practice tests are more effective than more studying.
If you fail a written test, especially if the questions are application and comprehension, rather than retention your time is better spent becoming a better test taker.
Sure if you fail a retention test (recall of facts) you need more studying, but most tests are application and comprehension. Students fail those tests because they:
  • can’t determine what the question is asking
  • can’t apply knowledge when under stress
  • can’t find the right answer among distracting answers
Solve this by taking as many practice tests as possible.
If the hands-on/practical skills are your failure point:
  • Practice the skill stations every day, over and over. Repetition is your friend
  • Have a colleague/friend/family member watch and check you off as you go
  • If you make a mistake, correct it and finish the station
  • After each practice review what you might have done wrong or need to improve, but don’t dwell on it
  • Make sure to review what you did well and correctly
Read more about my time at the MN EMS Educators conference.

By Greg

Elearning designer, writer, podcaster, blogger, presenter and paramedic. To relax I run and bike as far and as fast as I can. Also like to read a lot and fast.