This section is about that elusive concept of “exam technique”. There are many theories on the technique aspect of the FACEM exam preparation, but there is one universal theme that comes across, no matter who you ask, and that is:
Like any big event the best bit of advice you can get is:
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!
If you want to be confident on exam day, you need to practice each section of the exam, multiple times, under exam conditions, and have the most experienced person you can find (preferably an examiner) mark your papers, or watch & grade your clinical performance. The tougher you make it on yourself the more prepared you’ll be on exam day.
BUT IT’S JUST A GAME, ISN’T IT?
Time and time again you will hear people say “the exam’s just a game”. And to be fair there is a huge component of technique to this exam (a lot of which you will glean from reading this site), and you should actively hunt down people with proven track records at teaching the technique for this exam, but we defy anyone to show up having only worked on technique without having read the books and still pass.
Can you maximise your chances by being tactical and finding tutors who have good success rates and who will teach you the “art” of passing the exam? Absolutely.
Should you rely solely on this to the exclusion of actually spending solid hours at the desk reading boring textbooks? Only if you want to fail (and waste your tutors time).
SO IN SUMMARY: YOU NEED TO DO BOTH
Please read on for specific advice about the best ways to prepare for the different sections of the exam.