Preparing for the EPPP is arguably the most stressful time in a professional psychologist’s life. Although it’s been several years, Anne and I distinctly remember the anxiety associated with sitting for the exam. Like most future psychologists, we pondered questions such as, “What happens if I don’t pass?” and, “Will all my hard work and sacrifice be for naught if I fail?” To be honest, the anxiety leading up to the EPPP is just one of those inevitable parts of the developmental processes for becoming a psychologist. And it’s not unique to psychologists. Most professions require some type of state or national examination before formal entrance into their respective fields can occur. For example, medicine requires completion of the United States Medical Licensing Exam and lawyers must pass the Bar. We assume they experience similar levels of stress.
The good news is that adequate preparation is the best defense against stress and anxiety associated with taking the EPPP. Our book, EPPP Fundamentals: Review for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology, provides a comprehensive review of core exam content and includes over 300 sample questions. EPPP Fundamentals goes beyond merely "teaching the test" through rote memorization. Instead, it covers the eight content domains of the EPPP and their representative knowledge areas in a stepwise, narrative, and review format. In the early stages of our collaboration on this book, Anne and I noted how there seemed to be a gap in the EPPP study area when we were at this developmental stage in our careers. Being used to reading textbooks cover to cover, we missed not having a text available that looked, felt, and read like a traditional textbook. So, we decided to create one.
Another unique aspect of EPPP Fundamentals is that it is an edited volume. Consequently, it includes contributions from psychologists associated with some of the top psychology training and internship programs in the United States. The lead contributors are professors, training directors and practitioners with expertise in the content areas of the chapters they authored. Anne and I thought that the reader would rather learn from multiple experts in the field as opposed to just hearing from us.
EPPP Fundamentals can be used in a variety of ways. We believe that the guide can serve as an instrumental text for supporting traditional systematic study methods or a standalone resource for those of you who are not able to invest in a formalized study program. Many of you will find the textbook format of the guide useful as a primer at the beginning of the study process or as a review at the end. Questions found at the end of each chapter can serve as a gauge for successful review of the chapter material and the questions at the end of the text can serve as a review of the entire content of the book.
Regardless of how you use EPPP Fundamentals, we wish you tremendous success with the exam and your future career as a psychologist. Passing the EPPP and becoming a professional psychologist will be one of the most memorable stages of your professional and personal life. We are honored to be a small part of that process.