“Podiatry students have needed question banks for years to study for the APMLE boards. With its user friendly format, questions that come with explanations, and the ability to keep track of your progress, BoardVitals has the potential to become a great resource for podiatry students.”Megan H.
The APMLE Part 1 is a fairly difficult exam with an estimated first time test taker pass rate of 85% (Data taken across several randomly selected institutions), lower than the national average for many of the medical specialties. Part of the difficulty of the exam is the question formatting. The exam includes alternate format, including: Check all that apply (multi-select), image recognition (click on the correct image or area), and drag and drop. BoardVitals will prepare you for many of these formats and also prepare you for the pacing of the exam which is an important element.
The Part 1 exam is 205 podiatry questions, and it’s best to make an educated guess if you don’t know the correct answer as there are no points for unanswered questions. Make sure you submit an answer for each question. Students can also take an APMLE practice test here.
Particular emphasis should be be placed on the following categories in this order during a student’s study session:
Historically, we have found that there is a strong and statistically significant correlation between the number of practice questions that a student takes (particularly key topics) and their Part 1 pass rate. We suggest at least three months of preparation time and going through all of the questions at least twice, and reading the explanations. Even if a student gets the question correct, it’s important to read through the rationale and understand the teaching points that are included with each question.
Importantly, given the way that the exam is graded, it is important for students to know how they compare to the national average before going into the exam. BoardVitals provides a comparison basis on each question, as well as on each category so that students can ensure that they are in the range of passing the exam. BoardVitals also suggests the next best question for each student individually based on previous performance.