CNA Certification Exam: Preparation & Focus

CNA Certification

To do well on the Certified Nursing Assistant competency evaluation requires a lot of preparation and focus. Here are some tips to help you stay on track.

1. Preparation

The number one most important thing to do for test-preparation is to carefully and responsibly manage your time. The test date will be set far in advance, so all test-takers should be aware of the actual day of the test. Setting aside time weeks in advance of the test will be the best way to study for it. Cramming is a favorite study method for some students, but last-minute preparation is proven to be less effective than gradual review.

2. Organization

To keep your priorities in order, it helps to stay organized. Organization will keep all your objectives clear and will help you accomplish your goals. The best way to study is to determine a proper course of action and follow it through to the end. This way, you can cover all the necessary subjects and lessons that will be tested on the day of the exam. Taking careful notes during training and while studying will also help you retain the new information learned.

3. Strengths vs. Weaknesses

Deciding which areas of the test are your strengths and which are your weaknesses will help you prioritize your study sessions. Having a clear idea of what you know and what you don’t know will help you cover all your bases evenly. Sometimes, developing the weak areas of your understanding will make broader principles clearer and help you to develop your strengths further.

4. Instructor

Your instructor is an extremely valuable resource during training. They are your guide through the certification process, so don’t hesitate to ask questions or get clarification. If you find yourself stuck on a concept or unable to perform a certain technique, try to engage your teacher one on one and find a solution to your problem.

5. Study Groups

Study groups are a great way to reinforce the training of your CNA course and reduce anxiety about the certification test. Some people are better learners in a group setting, but also, studying in a group can reveal or clarify ideas that were unclear to you. Not only this, but you may be able to help your peers in an area that you know well, which is a great form of review.

6. Sleep
Another reason all-nighters and last-minute cramming doesn’t work is because of the strain it puts on your brain. There is enough stress in the process already, and saving some time to care for yourself will greatly improve your performance on test-day. Your brain is the most important tool for passing the test, and it needs at least 8 hours of sleep to function at its best.

7. Test-day Materials

On the day of the test, there will be a number of materials required to challenge the certification exam. Identification materials like photo-IDs, nursing program transcripts, and social security information may be required to gain admittance to the testing center. Prepare everything you will need the night before the test. This saves time and reduces the risk of forgetting an important document or being late to the test.

8. Educated Guessing

There will be some challenging questions on the exam, and it is okay to be uncertain about the answers. Leaving answers empty is a disservice to yourself and your test score. On the multiple-choice section of the test, a good way to make educated guesses is to remove all the options that you know are incorrect. While the correct answer may be elusive, it should be easier to see which answers are definitely wrong.

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