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Is the CNA Test Hard? Tips On How To Make Things Easier for You

September 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Prometric CNA Test


If we had a dollar every time we heard or read the question “Is the CNA test hard”, we’d be rolling in the dough. That bit of metaphor aside, many people planning to take the CNA examination are worried about how challenging it is. Think of it this way: it is an exam meant to identify which individuals are fit to provide assistance to nurses in America – a country with some of the strictest health service regulations in the world. Of course there is a certain level of stringency. Instead of asking whether the CNA exam is difficult, why not take steps to make things easier for yourself?

Your first and foremost guide to the exam will be your examinee handbook. Every registered examinee gets one mailed or handed to them. This is your primer to everything about the exam – in fact the only thing it does not cover is the actual set of questions in the exam. Read through it, and read it again, and understand what it contains.

There are lots of CNA exam locations all across the USA, but it is always best to look for the one closest to your home. This has many advantages, from saving on transportation and accommodations, to lessening the likelihood that you will get lost. It is a good idea to actually go to your chosen CNA exam at least once before the exam date, so you can get the location fixed in your mind, and also to look around to get a feel for the place. Some exam centers even allow “test runs”, where you go through the steps of the exam from check-in to exit, with only the actual tests cut out.

Prepare a small pouch or bag containing all the required materials – IDs, pencils, eraser, watch with a second hand. Do not open this pouch or bag except to check if everything is there. Bring only this pouch and your examination identification papers to the venue. If you must, bring an umbrella. Do not bring a large bag or any reference materials or study aids. These will be confiscated and returned only after the test concludes.

Of course, we cannot overlook the most obvious way to make things easier for yourself. Prepare yourself mentally and psychologically for the CNA examination. Review your lessons, practice your hands-on skills, and try to cultivate a state of calm, clear, and critical thought and action.

Don’t make the mistake of eating a very heavy meal before the examination, or anything very greasy either. These might make you feel drowsy or unable to concentrate – or worse might cause some bowel trouble. Also avoid drinking too much before the exam so you don’t have to excuse yourself for toilet breaks.

Waiting for your CNA exam results does not have to be a period of trepidation. Like the nursing examination test and other professional tests, these take time to collate and check. The CNA exam is over, and your worrying won’t change the results. Just relax and be patient.