3 Simple Steps to Passing Your CNA Training Exam

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Stressed out over your upcoming CNA training exam? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. The truth is, most of the time we stress and worry over things when instead we should be putting together an easy step-by-step plan to overcome the obstacles we will face. This is not only true for CNA training but for everything in our lives. In this article, we’re going to help you accomplish just that. We have a three step process that will help bring clarity and purpose to the path that leads from where you are now to successfully passing your CNA training exam and moving on to a rewarding career. Are you ready?

Three Steps From Here to There – Your CNA Training Exam

Whether you’ve just started your CNA training classes or are almost ready for the exam, here are the three things you’ll need to get straight in your mind:

  • Number One – There are two parts to your CNA training exam, the clinical portion which will require the student to successfully demonstrate a set number of actions which will be expected to be performed on the job. The key to passing this portion of the exam is to have a list of the skills a CNA training student is required to have mastered. This is easy to find. Your CNA training manual should have these skills listed, and if it doesn’t there are plenty of online refresher and exam preparation courses and short study helps you can purchase or even download for free. Go through the list and be sure you have each skill mastered. Remember, each skill includes specific steps and if you miss any of them, your skill will not be considered “mastered” by the instructor. For example, if you are asked to demonstrate taking a patients vital signs and forget to wash your hands upon entering the room, or neglect to inform the patient of what you are about to do, this will count against you. Bottom line? Have each clinical skill written out on a 3×5 card with each step numbered. This will help you to focus and not forget any of the steps when performing them for your exam. The second part of your exam is written and your CNA training instructor should provide you with practice tests to help you assess where you are as far as knowledge of the material goes.
  • Number Two – Plan out time to study at least every other night. Cramming for an exam will leave you feeling even more overwhelmed and uncertain. By taking the time to review what you’ve learned during your CNA training class once you’re at home and take notes, you’ll feel much more prepared and relaxed on the day of the exam.
  • Number Three – What’s the worse that can happen? I like to say this to myself whenever I’m about to face anything challenging. The worst that can happen is that you won’t pass the exam the first time, but here’s the good news, –even if you don’t pass it, you won’t have to retake your CNA training class to schedule another appointment to sit for your exam. Realizing that the “worst thing that can happen” isn’t really that bad generally diffuses the situation and allows you to concentrate on what’s important.

With the three steps above you should be more than ready to take your CNA training exam and begin your new career!

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