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Challenged by BRPT Exam

Published July 10, 2014 11:34 AM by Penny Mehaffey

I mentioned before that I attended the FOCUS spring conference in Florida. My main goal for that event was to attend the sleep educator workshop presented by the BRPT. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and I did learn a lot; it was worth every penny spent. 

Now, I am tasked with passing the associated exam. I attempted it a day or so ago and am disappointed to say that I did not pass on my first try. I had heard that this was the case with a lot of students, but you never think it will be you.  Fortunately, the BRPT has extended the deadline for testing and has allowed a third attempt at the exam...

I guess I fell into the trap of thinking that since I've been in sleep long enough, I should know this stuff; I did not expect to have any trouble with the test. I mean, I'm a smart girl. Boy, was that notion a mistake. The exam is very challenging.  And since I am not handling stress very well right now, I wanted to sit down and cry and have a big ol' hissy fit when I saw my score. But I didn't. 

I'm taking a deep breath and planning to retest this weekend. In retrospect it was probably a bad idea to try to do the test while I was at work even though my boss promised not to bother me. Still, I was interrupted about 25 times. That's my fault. I am really glad now for the extra time to test and for the third attempt. Looks like I may need it too. Good luck to everybody taking this exam, and remember, nothing worth having ever really comes easy. 


Hi Penny,

Thank you for your sincere reflective posting.  I wish you success on the next CSE exam attempt!  As you shared, it is so easy for us to expect our years of hard-earned experience are enough to carry us through an exam. I have tripped on this myself and since learned to study the material since clinical knowledge and trends change with time.  

Theresa Krupski

President, BRPT

Theresa Krupski July 30, 2014 11:43 PM
Denver CO

Hi Penny,

I this a national test you are taking for the CSE credential?  I am interested in taking it also, can you give me some information about this.  I have been doing sleep education for 15 years.


aleta batiste, Respiratory Therapay - BS, RRT, Dept of Vet Affairs July 30, 2014 10:10 AM
New Orleans LA

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