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Prepare Written Examination of Certified Nursing Assistant

September 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Certified Nursing Assistant License

The Certified Nursing Assistant Examination, referred to as the Exam, consists of both a written examination (the WE) and the clinical skills test (the CST). You must successfully pass both the WE and the CST to pass the certification examination.

The written examination (WE) is a computerized exam with a time limit, usually two hours. Test sites are regional or local, depending on the state jurisdiction.
We recommend you follow the instructions given by the testing center without exception and arrive at least 30 minutes early or, if you’re traveling a long distance, arrive a day early to locate the testing center and the most judicious travel
route to avoid delays. Two forms of identification are often required, one of which is a picture ID. Because the testing environment is often kept cool, bring a sweater or light jacket for comfort. Remember to leave personal items (purses,
cell phones, calculators, and so on) outside the testing areas. You will be furnished with testing materials as needed. Other helpful tips for a successful testing experience are as follows:

  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Don’t work the night before the examination.
  • Avoid alcohol or excessive caffeine before the examination.
  • Eat a light but well-balanced meal (protein, carbohydrates, and fats plus liquids) while studying and before the Exam. You (and your brain) need energy and maximum recall to be well prepared! Although heavy sugars give you an energy boost, avoid them because you might experience a sudden dip in blood sugar, causing fatigue and nausea. You might also become hungry later when you cannot eat, for example, when taking the Exam. To avoid sudden dips in blood sugar bring protein snacks, such as dry roasted nuts or cheese crackers.
  • Take your time with the test questions, but pace yourself to finish the examination within the allotted time.
  • Read each question thoroughly and completely before selecting the best answer.
  • Don’t panic if you are not familiar with a question. Remember the Testing Now Tips (TNTs) on your Cram Sheet.
  • Believe in yourself; we do! You can succeed!

Passing scores for the WE vary from state to state. Expect to earn at least a 70% for a passing score. You might have to wait two to three days for results. If needed, follow directions for scheduling a repeat examination.