The main shift from the 2012 to the 2017 exam was a shift in focus on the Principles of Dietetics from 12% in 2012 to 25% in 2017, and the trickle-down effect reducing percentages of the other three domains. For dietetic students and new graduates, see the RD Handbook from CDR.
Look at the most up-to-date CDR outline on the website. Be aware of materials published before January 1, 2017 as they will be current with the previous 2012 exam.
The next exam update will be for 2021.
To learn more about the structure of the exam, see my 2016 post on RD exam pass rates.
Whether you've never taken the RD exam or if you're quite familiar with it, these 10 tips will help you keep your nerves and take advantage of the hard work you've put in so far.
Active learning techniques utilize different brain pathways to consolidate information efficiently and effectively.
I often talk about studying for the RD exam, and I'll use it as an example in this post, but active learning techniques can be used at every stage of school and life.
The figure below shows the movement of information from resources like textbooks and study guides, to your typical type of notes, but then we go a step further with active learning. I talk about these in my post Study Tips for the RD Exam so head over there for a more in-depth description. But for now, we're going to talk about these active learning techniques in the context of studying overall.
POST UPDATED 11/8/2017
Are you midway through your dietetic internship and starting to worry about the RDN exam? Or maybe you're a few years out from your internship and are trying to brush up on material? I have devoted time, space, and energy to including information on the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Exam on my website through posts, study materials, and tips. I get comments and emails with questions, and wanted to provide a place for you to reach out to me and ask comments in one spot.
Learn about my Study Smarter Method for the RD exam to revamp your study strategy.
I have answered FAQ below. If you have a question about my experience prepping, studying, or taking the exam, please leave a comment on this post.
POST UPDATED 11/8/2017
There are so many ways you can learn the information for the RD exam. Here are some of my suggestions - tried and true! You can learn more about my Study Smarter Method at my RD Exam page.
Check out my RD exam resources, read what past students have to say, and explore other blog posts about the test.
POST UPDATED 11/8/2017
I've said it before and I'll say it again - the RD Exam has a lot on it!
I spent a lot of time as a TA in undergrad, where I hosted study sessions for students, helping them hone in on their best study method, how to think like the test writer, etc. and I also spent a lot of time writing hard exams.
I reached back into the depths of my experiences pre-dietetic internship to come up with a study method for tackling the RD Exam.
There's a lot of material on the RD exam, and it's important to organize your study materials in a way that will be conducive to efficient studying. Ready to dive in?
Why You Should Make a Study Schedule:
- If you are studying during the summer, it's easy to get distracted
- If you have already started a job, you need to stay on track with the limited time you have for studying
- There is a lot of information, which can be overwhelming - having a schedule can remind you that you've already prepared and calm you down
- A study schedule breaks the material down into manageable parts
- You can account for big events, like weddings and graduations, and give yourself time-off from studying
I have begun studying for the RD exam! A year ago I never thought I would get here. By my senior year of undergrad, I had solidified and mastered the study techniques that work for me, and I am happy to say they were successfully ingrained into my brain, because they have come back like clockwork to prep for "the biggest exam of my life".
My internship has a number of review materials available, including the Jean Inman and CDR practice exam. We also have a practice exam on the hospital library computers and QuizStar modules. Unfortunately they do not have any of these materials in the updated versions for the 2012 exam. I'll address what I've decided to do later on in the post. Note that the 2012 update was a major change from the 2007 exam. The most recent 2017 exam is organized almost identically to the 2012 update. The 2017 exam will be through 2021.
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