Mistakes to Avoid if You Want To Pass the Clinical Sims Exam

4 Mistakes to Avoid if You Want To Pass the Clinical Sims Exam

by | Updated: Jan 28, 2023

Are you preparing to take the Clinical Sims Exam? Or have you already taken it but didn’t quite do as well as you had hoped? Either way, I just want you to know that you are not alone.

There are many students in a similar boat who keep making the same mistakes over and over again. With that said, in this article, we’re going to share some tips and tricks that can hopefully help you avoid making those common mistakes. 

It’s our goal to help you pass the Clinical Sims on your first (or on your very next) attempt. And I have a good feeling that what you’re going to learn in this article can help. 

So if you’re ready, let’s go ahead and dive right in.

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Mistakes That Students are Making When Taking and Preparing for the Clinical Sims Exam:

1. Studying the WRONG Information

I often see students spending too much of their time focusing on learning the topical content. When instead, they should be focusing on mastering disease management on a case by case basis.

If this seems overwhelming to you — don’t worry, we break this down in a simplified manner inside of our CSE Study Guide and make it super easy for you. This way, you can be sure that you’re not wasting your time focusing on the wrong things.

2. Waiting Too Long to Take the Clinical Sims Exam After Passing the TMC Exam

This one is tricky because you want to have enough time to prepare for the unique structure of the CSE. But at the same time, you also don’t want to wait too long because all the information that helped you pass the TMC Exam is still fresh in your brain.

And if you wait, you may forget a lot of that information. There is definitely a fine line and every student is different. You have to do what’s best for you.

With that being said, in my experience, I’ve seen students have more success when they are proactive about preparing for and scheduling to take the Clinical Sims a short time after passing the TMC Exam.

We recommend scheduling to take the CSE 1-3 weeks after you pass the TMC Exam.

But again, every student is different and you have to do what is best for YOU.

3. Not fully Understanding the Unique Structure of the Clinical Sims Exam

As I’m sure you know, the CSE is a totally different animal compared to the TMC Exam. You can say bye-bye to the multiple choice format that we’re all accustomed to.

The CSE is structured totally different and it’s crucial that you understand this format if you want to pass the exam. And unfortunately, far too many students go into this exam blind without fully understanding its unique format..

..and it shows!

That is why we break it down in detail inside of our CSE Study Guide and make it easier for you to grasp so that you’ll be fully prepared when you take the real thing.

4. Students are NOT Willing to Put in the WORK

Agh, this is the one that gets me.

I see far too many students get complacent after they pass the TMC Exam with the high-cut score. It’s like they think that since they passed it, they’ll automatically pass the Clinical Sims Exam as well without putting in any additional effort.

This is a huge mistake!

And unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. This is one of the biggest reasons why I see students fail.

Passing the TMC Exam is an amazing accomplishment! It really is! But that means that you’ve only won the first battle. The war isn’t over until you pass the Clinical Sims Exam as well.

We’ve done our job by giving you exactly what you need in order to pass the exam inside of our CSE Study Guide.

Now it’s up to you to put in the time, effort, and (of course) the work necessary to make sure that you truly learn all the information that you need to know.

I wish I could learn it for you, but unfortunately, I can’t.

It’s up to YOU.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it. That wraps up the most common mistakes that we see students make over and over (and over) again when taking the Clinical Sims Exam. Most of the time when a student fails the exam, it usually has something to do with one of the things that are mentioned above in this article. 

But thankfully, since you’re here, hopefully you will now be able to avoid these mistakes and truly boost your chances of passing the exam on your very next attempt.

If you want to take your knowledge to a whole new level, definitely consider checking out our CSE Study Guide. Thank you so much for reading all the way to the end, and as always, breathe easy my friend.

Written by:

John Landry, BS, RRT

John Landry is a registered respiratory therapist from Memphis, TN, and has a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He enjoys using evidence-based research to help others breathe easier and live a healthier life.