RANZCP Written Exams- Techniques to Prepare for the EMQ and Critical Analysis Problems (CAP)

Posted on February 22, 2016

Passing the RANZCP MCQ exam which consists of Extended matching questions (EMQ’s) and Critical Analysis Problems (CAP) requires two different skills sets.

1. EMQ is about pattern and word recognition which involves the temporal lobe
2. CAP requires abstract and analytical thinking bringing your frontal lobes into the spotlight. Calculations and numbers recruit Parietal lobe areas.

As with any task, rehearsal, repetition and associating concepts with real life experience is more likely to transfer them into your explicit and implicit memory which is where you want them to be stored so that you can retrieve them when necessary, even when you are under pressure.