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Why You Failed the IBLCE Exam

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Did you get your IBLCE Exam results yet? (Not everyone has heard…be patient…) If you passed, congratulations! (Stay tuned for a post addressing how to keep moving forward after passing!) But if you failed, you’ll need to figure out why you failed the IBLCE Exam this time. Here are some reasons you might have failed.

You didn’t adequately explore the exam

Over the years, I’ve seen plenty of candidates who just didn’t know what they were getting into.

In my live courses, I’ve often asked, “How many of you have downloaded the IBLCE’s Detailed Content Outline?” I’ve asked this question to hundreds of course attendees, multiple times, in multiple different cities. Fewer than 10% raise their hands.

Not knowing what you’re facing is a big clue to discovering why you failed the IBLCE Exam.

You focused on eligibility, not outcomes

Many people inquire, “How do I get my 90 hours of lactation-focused education to sit for the IBCE Exam?” 

I ask them, “Do you want to sit for the exam, or do you want to actually pass the exam?”

The IBLCE’s requirement for 90 hours of lactation education is the minimum guideline for Exam eligibility.

You took courses that were interesting, cheap, and convenient

It’s human nature to want to take short courses that are interesting, cheap, and convenient. Trouble is, the IBLCE Exam is boring, expensive, and tough.

Many IBLCE candidates use — as I liked to call it — the “hodge-podge” approach. That’s when you get 4 hours of education here, 5 hours there, and 3 hours in the next place until all of the hours add up to 90. The hours are interesting, cheap and convenient — and sometimes, free!

This approach simply doesn’t provide the information you need. And, it’s a very likely explanation for why you failed the IBLCE exam.

When people call our office and say they failed, the first question we ask is, “Did you take a comprehensive course?” In all except a rare case or two, the answer is, “No.”

If you are facing one comprehensive exam, you need one comprehensive course! It just makes sense. We suggest our hybrid 90-hour course (part online, part face-to-face), or our all-online 90-hour course.

You sat, but you didn’t learn

Sorry to say it so bluntly, but yeah, not actually learning can be a major reason for why you failed the IBLCE Exam.

If you have done nothing more than sit in a real or virtual classroom and passively allowed yourself to be taught, that’s not the same as learning. Very few of us can learn that way. Rather, we need to do active learning, and get feedback.

When designing a course, I pick from 5 different teaching methods. But you can do the same for yourself when you’re trying to learn the material. Take a look at those 5 different methods, and use more than one to learn your material.

You didn’t review and retain the information

Once you learn the pertinent information, you need to retain it; without a clear plan for reviewing information, you’re not likely to call up that old information when you need it.

So, let’s say you completed all of your 90 hours of lactation-focused education. Done! But what was most important? What did you struggle to master? What do you have trouble retaining?

Some years ago, a participant in my review course asked me, “What is most important to study for the IBLCE Exam?” I was happy to give her — and now you — my answer!

Be mindful; reflect on why you failed the IBLCE Exam

We’re happy to take phone calls or emails and help you figure out why you failed the IBLCE Exam. But in the end, you’re the only one who knows that answer.

I’ve helped many people who have failed the IBLCE Exam. I’ve even written a book to help those who have failed, including those who have failed more than once. I’m confident I can help you, too!

If you know of someone who has failed the IBLCE Exam, please use the “share” button below!

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