Hints for the Exam

Overall

  • Make sure in advance that you know how to get to the proctor's location, and be sure to arrive early so that getting lost or being late do not add stress to your day.
  • Your proctor will be carefully timing each section of the exam. Bring a watch with you and monitor your time. It may help you to ask your proctor to tell you when the time is halfway, 10 minutes until finished, etc.
  • Ensure all your writing is legible. If the writing cannot be understood, it cannot be graded and will be given a failing grade. If you have problems with handwriting, plan to type your response to the exam cases. Verify in advance how you are going to print it at the proctor's location.
  • Read and follow all instructions exactly.
  • The exam is scored by giving points for each correct answer. An incorrect answer is given no points, just as an unanswered question is given no points, so it is to your advantage to answer every question, using your best guess for anything you don't know.
  • If English is your second language, or if you have some kind of language processing/reading issue such as dyslexia, request additional time when you apply to take the exam so that time given is reasonable for you.

Multiple Choice Questions

  • The answer to the question is in the question itself. In theory you do not have to look at the option answers. You should often know the answer by only looking at the question.
  • If you do not know the answer to a question, either mark it with your best guess and move on, or skip it and come back to it later. Don’t allow any one question to take up too much time. Allow time to go back over the paper and fill in any skipped questions. Your first answer is usually your best. Statistics show that when an answer has been changed, it is more likely to be changed from correct to incorrect than vice versa, so once you have answered a question, leave it as it is unless you feel very sure about another answer.
  • In materia medica questions, two of the answers may be very close. There may only be one symptom in the question that differentiates them but every question has an unambiguous answer.
  • Most of the human sciences questions require you to recognize how potentially serious a condition might be and the advice you may need to give to a client. Be aware of the medico-legal implications of health care practice as you answer these questions.
  • Most of the philosophy questions require a basic knowledge of the main homeopathic texts, including the Organon, writings by Kent, Vithoulkas, Roberts, etc.. They cover core tenets of philosophy that would be relevant across a wide array of styles within classical homeopathy, and do not include recently proposed topics as presented by a particular teacher.

Repertory

  • This tests your basic repertory knowledge, and requires you to find reasonable rubrics for specific symptoms.
  • Pace yourself. Try to answer each question. Pay attention to the time each question is taking. Skip questions you don't know, so that you can answer all the rest first, and then come back to anything unfamiliar.
  • There may be more than one right answer for each question. Don’t worry. Find one correct answer only. All reasonable and applicable answers are given credit.
  • List the complete rubric in correct format, including the section.

Case Analysis

  • Read the case carefully; each case will be abbreviated to a maximum of 2 pages. Don’t worry if you think you need more information. Analyze the case based on the information provided. There is enough information to work with.
  • Make your own informal notes on the case as you read it. Think about your impressions in the case before looking at the questions.
  • We are attempting to evaluate your thinking process here. Attempt to attain a clear analysis of the main themes in the case. The analysis should be congruent throughout your answer. For example, the factors that are listed as most important should be the same ones represented in rubrics, and used to justify the final remedy choice.
  • You will be asked to list specific themes, rubrics, remedies considered, and justifications for a final remedy choice. For each of these questions, focus on the most important themes/symptoms in the case. Don’t waste time on superficial aspects of the case.
  • If you choose multiple rubrics to cover one idea, then write them on the same line. It’s OK to list a group of rubrics together if necessary. Clearly note that they are grouped or added together.
  • We are evaluating your overall thinking process. Make sure your thinking and analysis is adequately revealed in the answers given. This is all we have to work on.