Certified Nursing Assistant: Passing the CNA Exam

One of the last steps in become a Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA, is the two-part exam: written and clinical. When taking the clinical part, you will need a volunteer to show your instructor how you perform clinical tasks. The written part will require you to recall your book studies and training.

It is only natural to be nervous when getting ready for your exam, but take comfort in the fact that most students breeze right through the written portion. To get well prepared, study your notes and material given to you by your instructor.

There are some test taking tips that will help. For example, if you are having a problem with a multiple choice question, use the process of elimination. Get rid of the answers you are sure are wrong and concentrate on what’s left. This will make it a lot easier.

When taking the clinical portion, you will demonstrate all of the hands-on skills you learned to the person administering your exam. Taking blood pressure, oxygen levels, checking a pulse, moving a patient, proper hygiene for health care workers, changing sheets, and making beds. Relax and don’t rush. Take a few moments to calm yourself.

There are more ways to increase your chance for test success. You can look up CNA resources online to review as well as join an online study circle. CNA forums are great places to find other students to study with. If you feel more comfortable doing so, taking your exam online can be an option.

The CNA exam is not meant to frighten you. If you do not pass, you can always take it again. All of your training will provide you with a great nursing assistant career. A career that can give you job security, a nice living wage, an interesting work environment, and job satisfaction. As a CNA, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.



I have been a CNA in the state of California since 1995. One of my passions in life is to help people and help others who want to expand their careers and become CNAs.

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