Tips for Dietitians-to-Be Part II: Studying for the RD Exam – Advice from RDNs

In Part I of our Tips for Dietitians-to-Be series, we shared various resources and references that will help you study and prep for the national RDN exam to become a dietitian. Today, we’re sharing tips, tricks and advice directly from dietitians for studying for the exam. Best of luck to you!

RDN Exam Study Resources

Dietitian Lo Bannerman, MS, RDN, LD shares that for her, the Academy’s eatrightPREP was the best tool. The resource provides three days of access for free, and “…a seemingly endless bank of questions that were most similar to those I encountered on the exam.” Lo says that most questions and answers were linked to research, position papers, or in-depth explanations to ensure full understanding of the topic.

Tara Rochford, RDN used Jean Inman's Review and Mometrix Practice Exams: “It was helpful to review the information provided by Jean Inman, review the Mometrix testing strategy tips and then take as many practice exams as possible. My other big tip is to TAKE BREAKS! Plan things into your day like going on a bike ride, taking a workout class, walking your dog, cooking a new recipe, or something else you enjoy that takes your mind off of studying. You will come back refreshed and energized ready for more studying after your break.”

Visual Veggies software was the go-to resource for dietitian Jennifer Hanes. Jennifer says that it provides several practice tests – both full-length and shorter versions – and when you complete them, they explain why your answer was either correct or incorrect.

Dietitian Karman Meyer is a foodservice tutor with RefreshRD, an organization that offers professional tutoring services for those looking to pass the registered dietitian exam. Many of her students appreciate having someone to talk through concepts with. Her students use Inman, eatrightPREP and the CDR study guides as well.

RDN Exam Study Tips

Dietitian Amy Gorin shares her comprehensive tip sheet with us: “How to Pass the RD Exam.” Amy provides ten tips, which include 1) give yourself enough time to prepare, 2) make a study schedule, and 3) start by studying the domain that is most challenging for you.

Lastly, dietitian Shirlee Rosen wisely suggests, “Don’t over-study! You’re more prepared than you think you are!”


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