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Failed the CDCA clinical exam

I am having a hard time accepting that I failed the clinical exam because of patient selection. According the examiners, I didn’t have enough qualifying surfaces but my instructors checked my patient prior and agreed the calculus was there and the calculus was even evident on the X-rays. I am planning on just retaking it and not appealing it because I heard most appeals aren’t even looked into and money just ends up being wasted. I’m just so frustrated because I have to search for another board patient and I’m just nervous I will fail again and I can’t afford even afford all of this! 😞



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I’m so sorry you failed your clinical exam! Unless you appeal (even though it is more money) there’s not much more you can do but to retake it and accept the situation. It’s hard, but look at it as a learning experience. Easier said than done, but at least you can re-take. Being angry at the situation won’t change the outcome, so it’s best to move forward and use that energy toward the solution. Best of luck!

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Thank you Kara!! I retook it and passed! I also realized I was not alone, as most of the students who took it the same day as me were retaking their exam as well and most of them had failed the first time due to patient selection. This experience has definitely made me appreciate how far I’ve come.

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