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CPC Exam Tips How to Handle Multiple Code Answers
This is a CPC Board exam tip, quot;how to handlemultiple code answerséquot; We touched on this a little bit last month but I wanted to elaborateon it more because we have been getting lots of feedback on that and requests and I'veactually had some suggestions from some students on how they have adapted it so I wanted toshare that. One of our Blitz students writes in quot;I didn'tpass my CPC last December, just the word 'testquot; scares the heck out of me and its very overwhelmingwhen there are multiple procedures on answer lines. How can I keep myself from feelingthis way when I run into theseéquot; So here's a typical scenario. What I love about thisis that she didn't even give the scenario,
she just gave the answers, so its all abouthow to attack it. So that's what I want to show you. So, let's do the second poll let me launchthat one. Take a minute just guessing, I know I didn't put the answer up but whichanswer do you think is the right one, just by looking at the codes do you think is theright one, just by looking at the codes. So answer A, we have 5 codes, answer b has 3codes, answer c has 5 codes and then answer d has 3 codes. 33% voted 55% voted, we'regetting to the end there not that I recommend that you take the board exam this way butits just to prove a point I call it my quot;spidy
sensequot;, trying to figure out which one isthe right one. You guys are doing great 74% voted . I'm going to close the poll and seewhat we have. We have 8% thought it was answer a, 25% thoughtit was answer b, 41% thought it was answer c and 25% answered d. Very interesting. So lets take a look at that. Let's break itdown, the first thing to do is grab a highlighter and highlight the matching codes and becauseof this Webinar I need to do color coding so that's what made me think of using a highlighterand what I envisioned was uncapping maybe three or four different colored highlightershaving it in front of your exam grid and just
grabbing the different ones to highlight codesthat match. One of our students who recently took theCPC exam and passed said that she didn't feel like she could handle switching the markersso what she did, and I really like this and wanted to share it was she would square offone code and maybe use trapezoid for another and and oval for another so just with thepencil she would mark it up and Alicia said she would do a strikethrough on ones thatshe knew she knew she didn't have to look up but that were ok. So whatever system youcome up with just some things that you can group the same codes together, oké For myillustration I'm saying use highlighters.
So in looking at this, my quot;spidy sensequot; issaying that its answer c which a lot of you agreed with. Obviously 22842 is correct becauseits in every single answer so you didn't even really have to look it up oké So since I'mkinda thinking it might be c I want to figure out if the 20938 is needed or not becausethat is in answer a and c. So if it is, then I can throw out b and d and if it isn't thenI throw out a and c. I hope that's making sense. Because that's really the goal.processof elimination, you want to throw out two of the four and then narrow it down to twoand figure out what the difference is with them . So just by doing that I think thatthe answer is c. Now I don't have the question
ok, and that wasn't the point of the slide,it was just to show how you can attack a multicode answer on the board exam and since the majorityof the people on the call are not certified I'm assuming that you are planning on sittingfor your board exam. Try this method, originally my advice waslook up every answer before you read the sceneario, well you just don't have time to do that anymoreThe exam, especially for 2012 the feedback I'm getting from students that have takenit is that there are a lot of them that have these multicode answers versus just one codein each answer which you can then look each of them up but in this case you have to lookfor patterns so you can figure out how you