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The time has finally come… you’re locked in, ready to go, and you’re going to ace your retake exam. Why? Because you’ve followed our TOP 5 tips that ensure your success in passing your Psychiatric Board Exam with ease!

1 – Analyze Your Weak Points

If you know where you struggled with most in the last board exam you can hone in on intaking as much information as you can retain. These don’t need to just be areas you did pool on previously, but could also be ones that could be further reinforced. Try out My Psych Board’s customizable tests that zero in on your most missed questions!

2 – Focus On The NOW

The past is the past, there’s no point in going back! The only way to move in a positive direction is forward. Learn from your mistakes and how you can apply what you’ve learned for better-guaranteed results. If you stay focused on past failure it’s only going to bring negativity and additional stress to your study sessions.

3 – Create A Plan

When studying it’s essential to make the most of your time. Create a plan tailored to your needs. Before you can even begin studying you need to make sure you have all the resources you need. Organize items into folders, check you have all the materials you need, and tidy up your study spot.⁠

4 – Utilize Detailed Questions Banks (like ours here)

With detailed Q-Banks, you’ll get the blueprints, questions, detailed information, vignettes, and more!⁠ Within the question breaks, you can get real-time feedback on correct answers, and learn where you’ll need to continue to improve.

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5 – Take Regular Breaks

As with anything don’t overdo it, You need to ensure you aren’t pushing yourself too far! When you’re studying and preparing for the exam you’re taking a mental health break. This will help break up your studying time, keep you from feeling overwhelmed, and ensure you’re retaining all the information you’re taking in.

Still, feeling uneasy? Contact us and we can help YOU pass your boards with ease!

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The Going Rate: PRITE Passing Scores

If you’ve bee following us, you may have noticed we’ve been running a series on Going Rates of the Industry. So far we’ve covered the passing rates for the ABPN and USMLE exams, as well as the rates and scores for the PMHNP exam. Today we’re going to delve into the PRITE!

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There isn’t a “Passing Rate” for the PRITE to speak of, because in order to continue on in school you HAVE to pass the PRITE. This makes it a little different than the other exams.

PRITE Overview

The PRITE (which stands for Psychiatry Resident In Training Examination) is administered in 2 parts over 2 days. Residents average out to taking the exam 3 or 4 times over the course of their training! This may seem strange, but we also know that repetition is a great form of learning so really it makes sense.

How many questions are on the PRITE?

300 questions make up the exam. It’s a hefty one!

What topics are covered?

Quite a few. Thirteen sections, plus their subsections.

  • Neurosciences
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Clinical Psychiatry
  • Development and Maturation
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Diagnostic Procedures
  • Psychopathology & Associated Conditions Across the Lifespan
  • Treatment Across the Lifespan
  • Consultation
  • Issues in Practice
  • Research and Scholarship Literacy
  • Administration        

When can you take the exam?

The exam is administered yearly from September 24- October 15. This date range doesn’t change, so you can always know when it’s coming up.

What score do you need to pass?

Like any standard test, a 70% is passing. Chances are you’ll probably score higher than that, though!

How should you prepare?

One way to prep is to NOT use old exams. What, why not? We have a whole blog on this subject that can be found here! Ok, so how DO you prep? Some people jump in cold turkey without any studying (not recommended, but hey, you do you, boo boo). Or, try out some Question Banks which give you real-time practice answering questions that will be like the ones on the exam, full of rich details, and also covering all the above mentioned topics!

We’re ready to help you prep for this test that you can’t avoid. Go ahead and contact us with any questions you have!




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The Going Rate: PMHNP Passing Rates

Do you know the required score for passing your psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner exam? How hard IS the exam? We’re here to answer some of your questions regarding the PMHNP exam!

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PMHNP Facts and Questions

The American Nurses Credentialing Center governs the certifying exam, and this is a great resource for detailed information regarding the 2023 PMHNP exam.

How long is the exam?

The exam is 3.5 hours long and covers 175 questions.

How is the exam scored?

150 of those questions are scored, 25 are pre-test questions that are not part of your score. The test is scored from zero to 500, with a required score of 350 to pass.

What topics does the exam cover, and how much do they each count for?

The sections are broken down below:

  1. Scientific Foundation: 30 questions (20%)
  2. Advanced Practice Skills: 38 questions (25%)
  3. Diagnosis and Treatment: 37 questions (25%)
  4. Psychotherapy and Related Theories: 22 questions (15%)
  5. Ethical and Legal Principles: 23 questions (15%)

What do people that have taken the exam have to say about it?

Folks that have taken the exam have said that they found the test to be not TOO hard, but that using question banks helped hone their skills for time management (maybe give a free trial a shot? Check out our Question Banks and find the best option for you!)

More detailed information on the sections can be found here as provided by the ANCC.

2021 Passing Rate for ANCC


The ANCC had an 87% passing rate for the 2021 board exams. That’s not too shabby, but definitely leaves some room for extra studying!

We would love to help you get on track. Go ahead and contact us with any questions you have!

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The Going Rate: USMLE Passing Rates

Curious what the passing rate for the USMLE looks like? Wondering what your odds of passing on the first try are? We’re here to answer your questions!

Passing rates

The United States Medical Licensing Examination released the following data on passing rates in the last 2 years for the Step 2 CK.

USMLE passing rate for the last 2 years

First time takers have a 99% passing rate! You’ve got this! Want to be a part of that 99%? Check out our Question Banks and find the best option for you! Or, contact us with any questions you have so we can get you on the right path today!