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The Techniques of Studying and Other Variables Impact on Initial Drug Card Exam Pass Rates is a study performed on the Top 200 Drug Card Exams presented to professional pharmacy students at South Dakota State University. The study utilized Fisher's exact test with a 0.05 significance value to find statistical significance in a variety of categories relating to different variables that were suspected to impact the pass rate of the exams. These variables included pharmacy work experience, place of work, first exposure to the exam content, and others. Data for this study was collected through a survey that 93 current professional students participated in and via a series of optional quizzes provided to P1 standing students, created by a P2 student. The study found that there was statistical significance in a difference of pass rates of students with first exposure 2 or more weeks from the exam compared to the pass rates of those with less than 2 weeks of exposure from the exam. It also found statistical significance in an increase of pass rates between students that took 2 or more optional quizzes on a drug card exam compared to those who took 1 or fewer optional quizzes and an increase in those who took any optional quizzes compared to those who did not take any optional quizzes. Results support evidence that additional information in form of quiz-style questions, that are either mandatory or optional, to students could increase students’ likelihood of increasing the pass rate of Top 200 Drug Card Exams and in turn, increase knowledge of the tested material. It also shows trends that could have the potential to yield statistical significance if analyzed in a study with a large sample size.




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