Monday, December 1, 2008

Board Exam Review Center

For the recent college graduates who are going to take their respective board exams, the review center is one of the ways to help them prepare. But not all review centers are created equal. I have outlined some tips on what to consider in choosing a review center.

Note: I am not endorsing any particular review center. I am also not going to mention which review center I attended when I was preparing for my own ChE Board Exams in the Philippines.

1. Check the review center's track record. How many students attend their review center and how many eventually pass the board exams? The percentage passing rate by far is the most important indicator in my opinion.

Review centers usually have several courses offered for various board exams. And a review center's track record may be variable: it may be good at one course but not good at another course.

2. Check the review center's faculty roster. Most of the review center teachers are also instructors and professors in colleges and universities. Ask around if anybody recognizes any of the teachers and if they are good.

3. Check the review center's course outline. Check if the subjects covered are complete and the depth of discussion is comprehensive. Check if they can advise which topics to review in depth and which topics to just review in summary.

4. Check if the review center shares sample exams and schedules mock exams that help simulate the look and feel of the actual board exams.

5. Check the review center's class size. A very big class size will reduce the focus on each individual's learning process. But a small class size may mean the review center is not known to deliver.

6. Check for any discounts for honor students. Review centers give discounts (even free classes) for honor students because honor students have a high probability to pass and even become board topnotchers. These give good publicity to the review center.

7. Check the price with respect to the amount of time spent to provide effective coaching and guidance. Cheap review centers might be due to lack of good teachers. But expensive review centers do not automatically mean they have an effective system.

Price is usually a big factor for a lot students. So extra care is needed to make sure the review center is "legit" and not just after one's money.

8. Check which review centers are being considered by friends and batchmates. Group effort provides an advantage over doing everything solo. Moreover, group study sessions after the review classes can help validate what was learned for the day.

Please also visit the Board Exam Review blog for more discussions about Board Exam Preparation for ChE, Nursing, and Other Professions:


Anonymous March 26, 2009 at 5:17 AM  

If i may ask..based on ur personal opinion, which review school can u recommend?

Start Blogging March 26, 2009 at 9:57 AM  

Hello Anonymous thanks for your comment and question. For which board exam are you asking about?

Anonymous August 19, 2009 at 11:51 PM  

i will be taking Let this september. Would i know which review center will you recommend? and what review center/school obtains highest percentage of topnotchers?

Start Blogging August 20, 2009 at 8:32 PM  

Hello Anonymous thanks for your comment and question. I am not the expert on review centers, but usually you can ask your peers on which call center they took. Good call centers usually don't advertise and just go big through word of mouth. Also, you can check out my wife's board exam experience Good luck on your upcoming exams!

Anonymous October 9, 2009 at 11:12 AM  

How about in ChE?? Though I only know of one, which is MRII, is there still any more review centers for ChE within Metro Manila??

Anonymous March 20, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

MRII is the best!

Anonymous March 20, 2010 at 11:22 PM  

review center for chem engg?? mrii is the answer.. ask anyone if they have other review center to recommend..

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