RD Test Day Tips

Updated: Apr 24

It’s your test day! Get excited!!!

Honestly, the thing that shocked me most about the Rd exam was how stoked I was when I showed up to take it. I wasn’t super confident I would pass. I studied part-time for about a month and was scoring in the 70-80% range on practice tests. But I had a good prep that made me secure I would pass. Here is a short list of pre-test tips to get you ready to get those credentials.

  1. Have a good breakfast You’re becoming a dietitian, you know this. I picked something light but filling that I knew would sit well and make me feeling great. A little tofu scramble with avocado toast and plentttyyyy of water. I had an afternoon test so this also applied to my snacks and lunch. I bought food the day before specifically to make me feel great on test day and made sure I had a full water bottle with me all day.

  2. Know where you’re going I know, it sounds obvious, but I’ve felt confident I was where I was supposed to be so many time to figure out I was completely off. I personally had to drive two hours away for my exam so I gave myself an extra hour and a half encase of unexpected traffic. I went straight to the testing center to check out the parking situation and narrow down exactly where the testing center was. If you live in the same city as your center, I’d do this ahead of time just to mitigate any parking related stress and feel confident you’re in the right place.

  3. Destress This looks different for everyone. Some people pretend they’re not taking an exam. I glanced over some notes to brush up on areas I was worried about before taking some time to do some fun crafting to help focus my mind. Do yoga or bake, or whatever you need to do to just let all that tension GO.

  4. Don’t give yourself the option of failure Visualization is extremely important in keeping your mind positive and resisting letting negative stress derail your focus during the test. Look yourself in the mirror and say “Today is the day I become a registered dietitian” and then say it again. Just keep telling yourself you will pass and smile each time. The more you say it, the more you’ll believe it. It sounds silly but it helps. I walked into my test and I was so excited that I was going to become a dietitian regardless of the fact I was worried I’d fail two day prior.

  5. Don’t be so serious Lastly, relax. Don’t over think it. You’ve (hopefully) done what you’ve needed to do. Just read each question thoroughly and weigh your opinions. Enjoy the experience. I personally rocked out to a song by the Mowgli’s called “I feel good about this” at full blast in my car before walking into my test (yes dancing was involved) and I had pleasant conversion with the two facilitators. At the end of the day, it’s just a test. That’s it.

Good luck!!


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