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10 tips to succeed on the NREMT exam

Successful EMT and paramedic students can apply these tips on the first day of class and eventually use them as EMS professionals

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This is a list that provides 10 habits of people who are successful on the NREMT exam. I compiled this list, which applies to all levels of EMS certification, from many years of teaching and working with students.

You may be surprised to find that many of these things begin on the first day of class — and don’t totally rely on end-of-class cramming. A lot of other NREMT success tips focus solely on exam preparation. For some students, that is just too late.

It is also worth noting that these habits of successful NREMT candidates also promote more thoughtful and clinically astute practice. I’ve never believed that teaching to the test and teaching for practice were dramatically different.

Students who succeed on the NREMT do these things:

1. Take their course seriously from day one

2. Read their book and do homework

3. Learn in concepts and broad strokes—not simple facts

4. Ask questions in class and make sure they understand the material

5. Realize that the material they learn applies to the exam and the street—not just the exam

6. Study in a way that make them think and apply, not just remember

7. Figure out where they are weakest and focus their exam preparation on the right areas

8. Get a good night’s sleep the night before the exam

9. Keep a clear head when they sit down at the testing center

10. Believe passing is the only option

For more tips and information on taking the NREMT, check out the Limmer Creative YouTube Channel and the NREMT Exam Cram.

Dan Limmer is a paramedic, educator and police officer who has been involved in public safety for more than 35 years. He has authored more than a dozen EMS textbooks including the Emergency Care textbook and is a frequent international conference speaker. He is the Chief Knowledge Officer at Limmer Education, a company he co-founded to publish high quality study and test prep programs. Limmer is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board.

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