Hi everyone, I’m Joy. And like many of you I was intimidated by the big bad EPPP.
I had obviously written many exams in my academic pursuits, you don’t get to the EPPP without completing at least a couple degrees! But after hearing all the horror stories of how many people failed it, I became overwhelmed. So I did what many of you have done or are considering doing…I spent A LOT of money on study program.
The expectation that a person spend between $1000-$2000 on top of the $700 to write the exam is ridiculous. But people pay it because they think there is no other way to pass the exam. But there are much less expensive options.
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A Little About Me…
I’m in my 30’s and I work full time as a clinical psychologist. I’m passionate about mental health advocacy, and my clinical focus is on attachment, trauma, and concurrent disorders (they are more connected then you might think)! When I’m not working most of my time is spent with my 3 children, but I also enjoy skating and being outdoors.
I passed my EPPP in 2015, on my first try. I spent a year studying for it, mind you I was not studying very hard most of this time (I was avoiding the exam). I had about 2 months of focused preparation before the exam. I purchased a study program from one of the 4 main exam prep providers after hours of comparing them and trying to decide which was best. In the end I found all I was using was the study book and the practice questions. I wasn’t interested in all the other gimmicks like the email coaching, or audio books, or seminars. I didn’t mind refreshing my memory on study tips and tricks, and the program I purchased provided a little bit of that type of information, but I found I could find better information for free with a quick google search.
When I passed the exam I was so relieved I didn’t really stop to evaluate my very expensive exam prep program, I passed and that’s all I cared about. I’ve never been strong at multiple choice exams, and really didn’t expect to pass on my first attempt. It was later on I realized I could have spent a fraction the cost and just bought a book and some study exams and still passed. I fell for the marketing scam…I was scared into believing I needed to pay a bunch of money to be successful.
So my advice to you…if you just put in some time and effort you can save yourself a lot of money. You may be someone that feels you absolutely need an exam prep course, and that’s OK. But if you are watching your budget, try these study notes or a couple books I recommend. You can also purchase excellent flashcards, buy apps, and even get practice exams for a fraction of the cost of an exam prep course.
If you ever need any support or encouragement let me know. Just comment anywhere on the website or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you. And check back regularly as I am always updating and adding new information.
All the best,