Hints for Taking RP Step One Tests

  1. Be sure to read the “What Will be Tested” document for each part of Step One, carefully reviewing the performance expectations which will be very helpful in being successful.
  2. Remember that you are expected to be familiar with the material in Chapters 1 through 11 of RONR In Brief.
  3. Read each question very carefully, probably a couple of times, before reviewing the answer choices.
  4. Read and consider all the answer choices before selecting one. This may be a good time to re-read the question to make sure you know exactly what is being asked.
  5. Use logical reasoning and compare answer choices to each other.
  6. Eliminate the answer choices that are obviously incorrect or absurd if the correct answer is not immediately obvious. Eliminate wrong answers instead of looking for the right answer. Make use of the Schoology feature (explained in the Instructions) that allows you tentatively to mark some answer choices as wrong.
  7. Again, eliminate wrong answers instead of looking for the right answer.
  8. If any two answer choices are opposites, at least one may be eliminated.



  1. If you really don’t know the answer, research shows you should go with your first instinct.
  2. Since there is no penalty for a wrong answer, answer all questions even if you are just guessing.
  3. If you are unsure of the answer to a particular question, make use of the Schoology feature (explained in the Instructions) that allows you to flag a question for later review. When you have gotten to the last question, use information obtained from other questions and answer choices to help you complete the questions you have flagged.
  4. Review the test before you submit your final answers. There is a myth that you should not change an answer that you selected initially; research shows you are more likely to see something you missed the first time and make a wrong answer right than you are to make a right answer wrong.



  1. Regardless of your score, review all questions you got wrong to ascertain why you got them wrong. Was it content you did not know? Did you not read the questions properly, or did not understand what the question was asking?
  2. Look up the reference for each question you got wrong. Research shows that the sooner you do that the better it will be for your learning in the future.
  3. Even if you got a high score, it is in your best interest to look up all questions you got wrong.
  4. Research shows that testers who did poorly on an exam are reluctant to revisit the scene of the crime because it is painful to confront failure. However, you cannot grow from this experience if you don’t review the questions you got wrong and try to identify how or why you got them wrong.
  5. Don’t get discouraged if you did not do as well as you had hoped. Instead, use the test as a learning experience and try again on the next color version.



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