NREMT Exam Study Tips

November 5, 2010 | General Topics, NREMT Exam Information

NREMT Study Tips

NREMT Study Tips


Schedule Time To Study

Allow enough time prior to your exam to study. You do NOT want to be left cramming for an NREMT exam. Develop the habit of studying by setting a schedule for review time and stick to it. Begin each session with the most difficult areas. You are likely to be much more alert and focused during these times. Practice the good habit of reviewing each night the material you covered in class that day. Do this first thing in the morning following class if your class is scheduled in the evening.

Audio Study Guides

Audio study guides that can be taken along wherever you go such as in the car, working out, running, etc are extremely helpful. This type of review takes advantage of those times of day that you ordinarily would not be able to study. Look for an audio study guide that reviews key concepts because remember, the best way to pass an NREMT exam is to fully understand the material. Audio NREMT EMT Paramedic study guides provide the repetition of concepts and theories that will really enhance your learning and help you retain, which is what most of us struggle with.

Outline a Quick Reference Sheet

A very useful technique that you can do while you are in class and while you are studying, is to create an outline of your material which can later be used as a review sheet. Doing this has two advantages. First, it creates a quick summary, or Paramedic Study Guide, of your material which you can easily reference and review later. Secondly, when you do this you reinforce and the information you’re outlining. Each time you outline a concept and put it in your own words it makes remembering it much easier.


When you need to memorize definitions or simple concepts, there’s not much that’s more effective than using flashcards. Flashcards can greatly add to your traditional study time. Not only that, but flashcards, properly formatted, usually travel well in your pocket or backpack which will allow you to take advantage of typical “non-study time” such as while you’re eating or when you’re on the bus. I recommend categorizing your NREMT flashcards so that you can easily grab the section you want to review and take them with you.

Get Help From Your Instructors

Never restrict the knowledge of your teacher to just the amount of time you invest in class. Most educators are more than happy to direct you outside of class, particularly if you are having difficulty with a specific subject. With the NREMT, it’s very important that you thoroughly understand all of the difficult subjects that you will be expected to know for the NREMT exam.

Study Groups

This really is Important! If you don’t currently have a study group, put one together. Keep a few things in mind when you assemble a study group. First, look for other students in class that seem to ‘Get It’.  It doesn’t do you any good to review with classmates that are having difficulty unless you feel that by assisting them you yourself will learn more. They say that if you can teach a concept, then you truly grasp it. Secondly, look for those that live near to you. This is also highly important. You’ll be more likely to keep up with a study schedule if you or your study partner doesn’t have to make long commutes. Finally, limit the amount of time you spend during your NREMT study groups and outline a plan on what is to be covered. I prefer 2-3 hours.

Practice Exams

Practice NREMT tests are at the bottom of the list on purpose. Although these types of tests may be useful, too often students place too much emphasis on them. Students take a few practice exams from a book they purchased, do pretty well, and assume they’re finished. This can really give a student false hope. Practice exams are great for helping to identify the areas that need some extra study time, but again, the best approach to passing the NREMT is to know the information. Utilizing a good practice exam along with an audio study guide, flashcards and study outlines to get the best result.


Before You Begin Your Exam

Once the examination begins, you will not have the opportunity to review the whole exam like traditional written exams. Therefore you should be ready to answer anything the exam asks. A good solution for this is to use the blank sheet of paper and pencil provided to you by the examination facility. Before you start, write down anything you feel you may need to know, for instance drug drip formulas, the Parkland Burn Formula, the Rule of Nines for burns, etc. It’s best to do this as soon as you sit down at the testing computer and before you “start” the examination. Remember, the exam is timed and you don’t want to be rushed.

Understand Each Question Before You Answer

This should be nothing new. Study each and every question carefully before you answer. Know what they’re asking for. Are they asking for “everything except” or “the most” or “the least”? Make certain you recognize what it is they want to know before you answer question. Read the question back to yourself if it helps.

Eliminate Incorrect Answers

Once you read the question and understand precisely what exactly they are asking for, get rid of as many answers as possible. In many cases this can be quite difficult because the NREMT exam wants you to know the “best” answer. You will likely find that more than one option is an appropriate answer. You need to be able to determine which is the “best”.

Scene Safety and Personal Safety First

This seems to always fool people. The question may be asked something like, “You and your partner arrive first at a house fire. Upon your arrival there is a person lying down in the front yard that seems to have just exited the burning home and a number of onlookers are collecting in the street. ” What is your very first course of action? A) Provide life saving steps to the man or women in front of the home B) Secure the scene by placing “Do Not Cross” tape along the front of the yard C) Wait for firefighters to arrive D) Call for additional resources. My answer? I have no idea, but one very similar to this was on my NREMT exam. I feel a great debate can be made for any of these. These are the style of questions you will need to be very cautious with.

Look At The “Least Invasive” Answer

This is an excellent rule for the NREMT Test. In many cases, test takers want to “apply their newly obtained skills” when in reality, the most ideal treatment is often times the least invasive. Don’t let the assessment drag you into selecting “Assist Ventilations With High Flow O2” on patient with a low oxygen saturation when “Provide O2 via a Non-Rebreather” is an option. Most of the time, the least invasive is the proper response.

In conclusion, nothing can substitute great preparation. Set aside adequate study time, utilize study groups, flashcards, audio NREMT study guides and cheat sheets and then follow up with a practice quiz to find how you’re doing.


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