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.
My Experience with the RDN Exam
I completed a traditional dietetic internship that ran from September 2013 to June 2014. I studied from May 2014 to August 2014 while working, and took the exam in early August before I started graduate school. I passed the first time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about my experience? What section did I think was the hardest? How did I stay organized with so much study material? What about questions for a certain topic on the exam? What sort of resources would you like to see here? Leave a comment on this post. In the meantime, I've answered some frequently asked questions below.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
What format is the test?
Who gives the exam?
How does the scoring work?
What score do I need to get to pass?
When do I find out if I passed?
What material is on the exam?
How much does the exam cost?
When can I sign up for the exam?
What if I don't pass the first time?
How many people pass the first time?
In 2016, 3,407 RD2Be's took 3,786 tests. Overall:
Giving an overall pass rate in 2016 of 78.7% (2,980/3,786).
I've illustrated these pass rates broken down by pathway in the graphs below.
So if you're coming from an ISPP pathway, does that mean you're doomed to take the exam a gazillion times? No! These numbers are to orient you to the landscape. If you're already on your second or more attempt, these numbers should show you that you're not alone.
CDR publishes exam pass/fail statistics here. CDR does not publish average scores for exams, and this doesn't matter much. Besides passing, your score reflects more how well you take the test than knowing the information as our profession is incredibly practice based and an exam can only test that so well.
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