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IBLCE Exam Countdown: 30 Days to Success

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If you’re taking the next IBLCE™ Exam, you have about 30 days left to review. Miserable just thinking about it? I’ve been in your shoes! Here are some things I might do to prepare in the 30-day IBLCE Exam countdown!

Carefully review the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline

To have a clear picture of what is fair game, review the IBLCE™ Detailed Content Outline. If you’re still thinking that the bulk of the exam is going to be about positioning and latch, you’re going to be in for a real surprise.

Know your own set of strengths and weaknesses

Once you have familiarized yourself with the Detailed Content Outline, consider the discipline categories. Knowing what areas you struggle with is helpful. Pharmacology and Toxicology is often an area that test-takers mention they had difficulty with. There are also some tough terms in the Nutrition and Development section.

Free resources for clinical topics

Perhaps my best free resource is my weekly podcast, Born to be Breastfed. There are over dozens of shows there, with more coming each week. Continue reading the blog, and if you haven’t already, subscribe so you don’t miss out on new topics as the IBLCE Exam countdown continues.

I also stress the importance of knowing your terminology. I have a list of 1,000 lactation-related terms that you should be familiar with.

I strongly recommend that you read and re-read all of the protocols from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. I like to download, print, and three-hole punch them, then put them in a ring binder.

Resources for “classic” questions

There are some questions that I just assume will be on the exam every year. To that end, I re-read:

Become test-savvy in your 30-day IBLCE Exam countdown

It’s possible to break your study time into 30-minute per day (or less!) sessions.

I know that’s easier said than done, but it’s important to not let your test anxiety get the best of you. At this point of your IBLCE Exam countdown, you have about a month remaining. So you’re somewhere between a planned 60-day study and a last-minute study. That means, there is still time, but don’t let time get away from you, and don’t waste time with useless study tactics.

There is also time to prepare with my Online Lactation Exam Review and take practice exams and drills. Being comfortable with the format of the exam can also help in guiding your preparation.

Success after failure

If you are taking the exam after failing on a previous attempt, you’re not alone! I have helped lots of aspiring IBCLCs just like you. In fact, I’ve even written a book about it! Determining why you failed on your last attempt will help identify what you need to focus on during the IBLCE Exam countdown.

So what are you doing for your IBLCE Exam countdown! Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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