CNA certificationIf you are training to become a certified nursing assistant, you must be preparing for the CNA certification test. Before you can take this test, you will need to take a state-approved class for CNAs. It’s only when you complete your coursework that you will be able to apply to sit for the certification exam. And you will receive a notice with the date and time of the test.

Here are 5 pointers to help you prepare for your CNA certification test:

  1. Reading is powerful.

    When you are still completing your certification course, you will want to finish all readings and do all assignments. Pay close attention during class and take good notes. If you have questions during any portion of your training, ask for help.

  2. Be attentive.

    Pay careful attention to what you do while performing your clinical portion of the course. Watch the work of other skilled CNAs so that you know how to perform your duties well.  Once again, it is important to ask questions because you will be demonstrating several CNA duties during your certification test.

  3. Consider helpful materials.

    You can purchase instruction videos and practice exams. They can be very helpful when you are studying for the certification test. Sometimes you can even find sample questions and practice exams online for free. Do not be afraid to ask around for free or low-cost resources to help you study.

  4. Practice makes perfect.

    Practice some of the skills that you might have to perform during your CNA certification test. You can practice with other nursing assistant students or with family and friends. Remember to complete all aspects of a task (for example, do not forget to wash your hands and close a patient’s privacy curtain).

  5. Lend all your ears.

    For nursing students to pass this exam, you need to pay careful attention to any instructions you are provided on the paperwork you receive for your certification exam.

Other Test Day Reminders:

You will probably be asked to bring one or more pencils with you for the written portion of the test. If you are doing your test in a clinical setting, you might be asked to demonstrate skills with patients directly. Otherwise, you could be asked to bring someone with you to serve as your model patient.

It will probably be necessary to show some form of identification when you go for testing. Make certain you have this with you. You might also have paperwork that you must take with you to show it is time to sit for the nursing assistant certification exam.

The CNA certification examination will be overseen by a state-approved test administrator. You will first need to finish a written part of a test. This will usually be about 100 multiple choice questions related to the materials you covered during your class. Do not forget to deal with your test anxiety—this will not help you reach your goal.

After that part of the test is over, you will need to demonstrate a handful of skills for the test administrator. They will make sure you complete ever part of that skill (including safety measures). It is important for you to pass both parts of the test. Otherwise, you will not receive certification.

In some cases, the state will allow you to take the test more than once. There will be times when you will be required to repeat the training before taking the test.

The CNA certification test is just one of the many nursing exams that you can take to be able to be a certified healthcare provider. Don’t forget to study hard!