Just like other tests, it will benefit you to thoroughly prepare for your CNA Certification Exam. In general, there is a written portion that will test you on the 75 hours of coursework you are expected to have learned, and a clinical portion where your ability to perform the regular duties of a CNA will be tested. It is best to prepare for both sections in advance and evenly, as they are both pivotal to your successful future as a CNA.
The best way to prepare for the written test is to practice your test-taking skills. For many people, it is not the difficulty of remembering information, but understanding the questions that make test-taking a challenge. In order to become more comfortable with the test, it will help to take practice tests. By taking practice tests, you will be better prepared for the types of questions asked, the important concepts to understand, and the timeframe you will have to complete the real test. Practice tests can be found online, purchased in book form, or distributed through the facility of your instruction. It can help to find a compatible study buddy to better cover material that is challenging. On the night before the test, write a checklist of the necessary documents for the testing facility. These will vary depending on the location of your test. Organizing the documents in a folder or binder will remove one layer of anxiety from testing day. You will have a lot on your mind, so being prepared in advance will help you focus on the test itself.
The clinical portion of the test usually asks applicants to complete five random tasks from a larger list of the daily tasks required of a CNA. These tasks range in complexity, from proper hand-washing to inserting a catheter in a female patient. Other tasks include feeding a patient, assisting with bedpan use, moving the patient from their bed by transfer belt, or facilitating gentle exercise of particular muscle groups. Clearly, the clinical test will differ greatly between applicants, so the best way to prepare is to be ready for any and all of the tasks expected of you. In order to practice, you can ask a friend to be a stand-in patient, or even volunteer at a patient-care facility or assisted living center. On the day of your test, the proctor will be watching you closely for a sense of your efficiency and professionalism. Therefore, it may not be enough to practice procedures in your head, as the day of the test may find you nervous and shakier than anticipated. In order to succeed, know your routines inside and out.