The fear of not passing is enough to make anyone cringe - after all, the stakes are high. Over the years, I've received numerous emails from students who didn't pass the first time around -- like this one:
"I just wanted to say thank you for always being the light in a dark place. A bit of my story goes, is that I went to PA school and during that time my entire world turned upside down. You understand every single feeling that hits a student, plus if you are one who is struggling in school to pass a test and with life in general, it becomes this vicious vortex of negative emotions.
A bit of my story is that I graduated from school in August of 2015 and a couple of weeks later I didn't pass my boards. I could tell you every feeling of failure you have but you already know.
After beating myself up, I started to pick myself up again, I found the courage to take the test but guess what, I failed a second time. This was the devastating blow, the one that became more of a trauma associated to taking the test.
I was lost for months, I just thought that this is the one thing in life I would never be able to accomplish, I couldn't understand why. I didn't know how to move forward. Sometimes if you pay attention to the signs in life it feels like there is something putting a red light up for a reason we might not understand yet.
Flash forward to August 2016, your emails started to really hit me, I ended up buying your lectures watching online and following along with the sections of the book. Good old fashioned highlighter and pen for notes. I took the boards for the third time on August 31, 2016 and this time I'm happy and unbelievably able to say I passed! Everything really does happen for a reason, I might never fully understand why it took the fight that it did to become a certified PA.
I just wanted to say, thank you, and if you ever run across a fellow PA who's like me and needs an underdog story of inspiration I would be happy to be there for anyone, anytime."
Sincerely, a greatly appreciative certified PA!
As you've read, failing the boards can be devastating. The problem? We never think it will happen to us - until it does.
Usually, students fail because they were never taught how to answer questions correctly. This means, you need help learning how to answer what they are asking - this is exactly what we teach you to do...