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? If so, I just want you to know that you are not alone. There are several students in a similar boat, who keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

Here at Respiratory Therapy Zone, it is our goal to help you pass the CSE on your first (or on your very next) attempt.

So if that is you who is struggling to pass the exam, you’re in the right place. The information in this articles will hopefully set you on the track path to avoiding to most common mistakes that I see students make on the Clinical Sims Exam.

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

Here are the most common mistakes that students make when taking or preparing for the Clinical Sims Exam:

This animated video provides you with a summary of the four most common mistakes that students are making that causes them not to pass the CSE.
Now let’s dive into the top Clinical Sims Exam Mistakes.

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 Clinical Sims Mistakes that we see students make over and over (and over) again. These are the mistakes that far too many students are making that causes them to fail the exam.

But thankfully, now that you’ve read this article, you can easily avoid these mistakes and truly boost your chances of passing the exam on your very next attempt.

To be honest, this is only a very small sample of what’s inside our CSE Study Guide. Thousands of students who got access have already used it to pass the exam.

So if you’re ready to stop wasting time and money, I definitely recommend you check it out — but only if you’re serious about passing the exam on your next attempt.

If that’s you, just click on the green button to get access to our CSE Study Guide today.