Well, the result for the May exam is in and I am still not done with the great tips I got in February! How about a triple tips threat?
Jenn Blake Holiday
“I definitely recommend the Global Autism Projects reviews and reviewing the scenarios in the Burch and Bailey Ethics book. Ethics questions are so tricky and always the ones to slip you up! Also, make tons of SAFMEDS and review them!!!! Good luck!”
Kate Lloyd of nor cal
“I used SAFMEDs, BDS Modules, read the Cooper book. Nothing special but, I do think that my work in the field helped a lot.”
Katy Palmer of VA
“I did the Bds modules. They really really teach you how to attend to a question and to find the “tricks” in questions. I did the cooper online quizzes, ppts and printed and completed all the cooper guided notes. I did not study at all the final week before the exam. I read each question on the exam twice before even attempting to answer”
Kiara of CA, who uses a different last name… shares her study tips:
“I would recommend reading each chapter of the cooper book thoroughly-I used the guided notes for each chapter from the prenhall website as loved them! Also, reading the bailey and burch ethics book( very important)! I do not recommend the bds modules, but the manual I purchased from pass the big aba exam was great! Last, the guided review offered through Florida tech was worth every penny!!! Add all of those together with 2-3 hours of studying 4-6 days a week and you’ve got an excellent study package”
There you have it, the California style (or I’d rather have the Animal style).
I haven’t said this for awhile… May the desired consequence be with you!
“FIT foundation!! BDS modules-completed all but not to 100% 1 FIT mock exam And loved how PASSTHEBIGABAEXAM study guide orgazied everything. Cooper book and online quizzes Bailey’s Ethics book SAFEMEDS”
“I mostly used bds modules to its fullest, cooper quizzes, ethics. I studied 5-6 months prior to sitting for it first time. Stayed for the 4 hrs rechecking everything. Are you compiling some good data? I’m curious to see how it comes out. It seems that everyone has there own preference/style of studying. I don’t do well with flashcards but many people recommended the safmeds.”
Tracy Honig, who shared the job post yesterday, also shared some study tips.
“I was asked to share some study tips and Im happy to do so. Passed the February exam on the first try. I didnt believe the results when I first saw it on the screen. I was a FIT student (my last class ended July 2013). I didnt start studying until December. I did most of my studying on the weekends, but Im not the type that does well with studying a little each day, a bit different than most, so a lot of it is about knowing what is best for you!
“Honestly, Cooper scared me. I would read it, and not really know what I was reading, so I sought out some different study methods. I signed up for the FIT guided review and watched the videos back multiple times. I found the instructors were very helpful in explaining the concepts. I also purchased the BDS modules and did them all to 100%, as well as took notes throughout. I also used the Pass the Big ABA manual. I found that very helpful as well! I read through it multiple times and made flashcards from all the terms. Towards the end of my studying (maybe a week before the exam) is when I went and did the cooper quizzes from the cooper book.
“I cannot stress enough how helpful this group was. I read the posts from others as well as joined in a few skype study sessions. It was beyond helpful to hear certain things explained by other people. I also tried to use what I was studying on a daily basis. If I was at work, I would try to put the work I was doing into the terms as I was learning them. I thought all the study materials I used were very helpful and would definitely recommend all of them. For those who did not pass this time around, or are going to take it for the first time, keep at it! This exam is not easy, you need to study a lot….but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Just keep at it. If anyone would like anymore information, please dont hesitate to shoot me a private message!!!”
Jamie Rassin Yurasezeck of PA, another newly minted BCBA, shared her tips!
“I started studying 6 months before the exam, in the beginning mostly Saturday and Sunday mornings before my family woke up. It goes without saying that I used the Cooper book and all of it’s practice tests! I made safemeds from all of the vocabulary in the glossary. I used the BDS modules (which are excellent but completely stressful) and even at the end made sure I was at at least 75-80% on each module.
“I can’t say enough about the Pass the BCBA study manual. I will use this for years to come as it gives a definition and examples of every area of the task list. I also took the FIT mock exam and then had a private tutoring session with an awesome FIT instructor to review any questions I missed.
“This website continually has students posting questions on concepts, if I could not answer the question asked I would look it up for my own benefit. I talked the talk all the time- my sons can clearly explain to you some of the basic concepts such as behavioral momentum. (One of my sons (12) even told his teacher that she was using Negative Reinforcement to gain compliance and she got very defensive with him, not knowing the real meaning Remember the exam is material you have already learned-just become fluent! Good Luck! Your attitude not your aptitude will determine your altitude!
“I am from Philadelphia- got great tips on here- pay it forward-Study tips for BCBA exam: First and foremost FIT rocks!! They gave me such a strong basis, which helped a ton!! It also helps that I fell in love with this material. I hope to teach BCBA courses some day as I love the science!”
If You Think You Can..
It’s all about your attitude as Jamie says, so what do you think you’ll do? Fluency! Fluency! Fluency!
Thank you for paying it forward! Congrats, Jamie!
P.S. Have you joined the group yet? I am creating mini study groups at the moment…
Well, the results are out for the February exam… and it turns out I still had one more from last time around… so let’s give it go.
Bobby Gordon of New Jersey summed up his study tips in three simple words:
Cooper, Ethics, Modules
“Also for the ethics questions I heard of two general rules that were good to keep in mind: “what will benefit the consumer” and “what is least restrictive”
“Well I read through the cooper cover to cover. Even the glossary.
“I read the ethics by bailey book.
“And I completed the modules to 100%.”
Congrats to the Newly Minted BCBA!
I have been gathering study tips and I will be sharing them. If you passed the exam, and/or know someone who passed the exam this time around, please send me your tips and I will give you credit. Pay it forward, ya?