We sought to write a question and answer book that presented comprehensive answer explanations to save the reader time and effort by having all of the information they need for exam preparation in one volume.
We sought to emphasize high yield information for standardized exams and to present it in a format that would allow students to practice test-taking technique and timing in addition to bolstering their knowledge base. By all measures we succeeded, and we are delighted to present you with our newest edition.
We have expanded and revised this book by adding two more tests of 150 questions each, bringing the total to 900 questions. Now that the new format for the ABPN certification examination contains case vignettes and video cases, we have responded by adding a set of twenty vignettes on a wide variety of topics that have an additional 160 questions with explanations attached.
This new volume also features a subject index which will help the reader locate questions that fall into the same category, something many readers of the first edition have strongly recommended. We have improved the electronic version of the book for those who would rather do the questions on computer, as this is how the ABPN exams are now given.
We hope that you will find this new version an invaluable asset in your test preparation, whether you are studying for the ABPN certification exam, ABPN maintenance of certification exam, PRITE, or USMLE. We have worked very hard to keep this book up to date with the latest information likely to show up on standardized exams.
Keep in mind that each test closely mimics the balance of material found on the psychiatry board exam and that all of the answer choices are valuable opportunities to learn. Even wrong answer choices can form the basis of questions on the board exam which is why we spend so much effort on them in the answer explanations.
Each answer explanation is also followed by a “K&S” or “B&D” reference. These refer to Kaplan and Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry and Daroff et al Bradley’s Neurology in Clinical Practice.
We believe these authoritative texts in psychiatry and neurology are the gold standard and candidates need only refer to the chapter corresponding to a particular question to gain a more in depth coverage of the subject involved. And don’t forget, to test your timing for the actual exam, take each test in one sitting giving yourself two and a half hours for a 150 question test.
When timing yourself on vignettes allow yourself one minute per question and an extra 3 minutes to read the vignette.
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Psychiatry Test Preparation and Review Manual by John M. Kenny & J. Clive Spiegel – 2 ed.