Updates to the EPPP The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (the EPPP) has been a tremendous source of stress for many who hope to practice in the field of psychology one day. An exam that claims to cover “everything you learned in graduate school” is an extremely intimidating-sounding exam. Research has shown that demystifying the exam as much as possible has been one of the top strategies for succeeding on the EPPP. With the many shifts that have been going on, both in the global landscape, as well as the field of psychology, your friends at AATBS, think you should be aware of some of the changes to the exam. The information covered in the exam is constantly changing. It’s hard to say for certain exactly which topics and questions will be covered on your exam, especially with the information covered in each exam changing about 20% with each iteration.
studying for the eppp
People either love or hate flashcards. Critics often say flashcards focus on memorization over understanding the material, and in some ways, they’re right. However, to fully understand and manipulate the content efficiently, you have to master key terms and foundational concepts with speed and accuracy -- this is called fluency. When you have greater fluency with the material, you’re better equipped to build on this foundational knowledge and quickly apply these concepts to new and different scenarios, making short work of those applied questions. After all, the EPPP is timed, and when you can recall concepts quickly and easily, you’re buying yourself more time to work through the question.
You’ve been studying for a long time at this point. You’ve reviewed all the material, taken the practice tests, and put in the time needed to achieve a passing score. As you get closer to your exam date, there are a few things you should consider and prioritize:
As we begin to approach a new year, you might hear others start to consider New Year’s resolutions. Many often focus on health, family, career, goals, and even mindset. As you sit down to reflect on your experience preparing for the EPPP, take time to consider how you approach thinking about the exam. Do you believe in your ability to pass the test? Do you feel angry at having to take the exam in the first place? If the slightest thought of the EPPP results in negative thoughts and emotions, consider goals for altering your perspective.