Top 1 in Agriculturist Licensure Exam shares tips to ace any board exam

MANILA, Philippines – Naomi Grace Lancita landed on the top spot of the 2022 Agriculturist Licensure Examination. In an interview published on January 13, 2023, by her alma mater, the Visayas State University (VSU)-Baybay, she shared some of her inspiration and tips for passing the board exam.

Naomi Grace Lancita landed on the top spot of the 2022 Agriculturist Licensure Examination
Naomi Grace Lancita landed on the top spot of the November 2022 Agriculturist Licensure Examination | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Nao Lancita

Naomi took first place with a rating of 86.83 percent, while only 4,035 out of 11,673 examinees passed, according to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Naomi tied for first place with Rio S. Antion of the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB).

Naomi finished magna cum laude at the VSU in 2018 with a degree in BSA majoring in Plant Breeding & Genetics. With her achievement, she was given P150,000 in incentives from her alma mater.

In hopes of helping others prepare for board exams, the topnotcher shared her exam preparation tips. Here are some of them:

1. Give yourself enough time to study and prepare

According to Naomi, good preparation is always the key. To do that, you must set aside enough time to study. She juggled them all while working on her thesis and reviewing. It took her three months of intense reading and studying to prepare.

She said, “I actually enrolled in a review center in September, as soon as I finished my coursework. I did my heavy studying for almost three months. I devoted most of my days to studying. In between preparing for my defense proposal, I would find time to study in a day.”

2. Be consistent

To pass the agriculture board exam, an examinee must pass all six sub-fields. Hence, she makes sure to give all fields ample time and focus while reviewing. “You must know a little bit of everything,” she said.

“Bear in mind that what you learn from those six subjects will be useful to you as a future agriculturist,” the topnotcher added.

3. Identity your weakness and work on it

It is just as important to know your strengths as it is to know your weaknesses. Knowing which subjects you struggle with will make you aware that you need to address them and put in extra time and effort. In preparing for a licensure exam, you are expected to be good in all areas, so you need to not let any weak spots get in the way.

“If you feel that your foundation in a certain subject is weak, you must exert more effort. You must identify what topics you feel your understanding is a bit shaky. And after acknowledging them, you must do something about it,” she said.

4. Don’t just memorize

It is not enough to memorize everything; you must also understand the processes and how the solution was created. “When you are given a situational question and are asked to solve it, you should at least know how to find the solution to the problem,” Naomi explained.

Noami's success appears to be proof that these recommendations are effective. She recognized that there are pressures associated with being a topnotcher, but she is driven to take everything in stride. Now, Naomi is moving forward and taking up her master's degree at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT).

— Sally, The Summit Express

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