Once you have successfully completed the course requirements for your CNA class, you are eligible to take the state examination to become a certified nursing assistant. Traditionally, your instructor will help you fill out the forms for the test and provide you with the correct mailing address. Although the State Board of Nursing is usually the authority that presides over CNA testing, your state may use the standardized national nurse assistant assessment program (NNAAP) test, or an exam written by the State Department of Health or another authoritative entity. The first part of your test may be the hands-on test that is graded by your course instructor or a state examiner. They will observe you perform patient care techniques in either a clinical setting on actual patients or on your fellow classmates in the class practice laboratory. The second part of the certification exam will involve either a paper test or a computerized exam format. Although the examination may cause some people test-related anxiety, it may help alleviate some of your anxiety if you have a good idea of what to expect on the test. That’s where we come in! Below, you will find everything you need to prepare for the CNA exam, including a practice test to get your juices flowing.
- Okay, I’m taking the CNA test soon. What are the top five most helpful tips you can give me?
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- I passed the test! What do I do now?
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- Frequently Asked Questions
1. Practice Your Basic Nursing Skills
Successful CNAs who passed their skills test understand that nothing takes the place of practice. Perform your basic nursing skills, such as making hospital beds or taking blood pressures until it becomes second nature to you. Practice can make you feel confident and help you relax.
2. Review Your Classroom Lessons Daily
Preparation is the key to experiencing less anxiety and passing your written test. As soon as you graduate, begin to review your class textbook and video lessons for at least an hour or two daily to stay sharp. Avoid “cramming” just before your testing date.
3. Take Practice CNA Exams
Take reliable CNA practice exams on and offline to get familiar with answering multiple-choice questions. Learn to eliminate the answers you know are incorrect, so you can focus on the right answers and pass the test.
4. Be Prepared for Your CNA Exam Day
Thoroughly read your instructions from your testing center and get your I.D. and all the documents you need to be ready for testing in advance. Ensure you arrive for your test on time to avoid a need to reschedule.
5. Look Professional at Your Skills Performance Test
Make a good impression when you take your manual skills test and remove rings, earrings or any other jewelry. Avoid wearing synthetic nails and dress in comfortable scrubs that make you look professional.
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Congratulations! Now that you’re certified, you can begin to look for a CNA job and earn a salary. Your local newspaper may advertise for openings in nursing homes or hospitals in your area. Online job boards may also be helpful.
Be sure to type a resume and describe what you’ve learned in school, such as patient rights, the importance of good nutrition for patients, and patient privacy during care. Make copies of your resume and either email them to nursing homes and hospitals or attach one to each of your applications.
For interviews, dress in casual business attire and wear comfortable shoes. A prospective employer may ask you in an interview how you’d handle an unruly patient or other difficult situations. Remaining calm and keeping the patient safe is always a positive answer that shows your dedication to your patient’s needs and safety.
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First, don’t panic, you have the opportunity to retest. Many successful CNAs have not passed their skills test or written exam the first time. Most students may fail due to nervousness, missed performing handwashing before touching a patient, or forgot to explain the procedure to the patient.
In most states, your state agency will automatically send you an application to re-test. Once you receive your voucher or application approval, you can call the testing center and set up a new test date.
When you get your scores on your skills or written exam, be sure to review it and find out what you missed or didn’t fully understand. Make an extra effort to study those areas to ensure your second attempt goes well. In addition, review your textbooks or practice your manual skills on a daily basis to feel better prepared and less anxious about your upcoming test.
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You can actually take the CNA practice test right here! The exam below consist of 60 questions that will help you familiarize yourself with the type of questions that will be on the actual CNA exam. The practice test is free to take and you can take it as many times as you like.