Topics Covered On Your CNA Training State Exam: Part Two

cna trainingCNA Training – State Written Exam

Last week, we discussed the topics covered on your CNA training state written exam. There are two parts to every CNA training state exam. There are the CNA state exam questions, and the second part, known as the CNA skills test. We will be discussing the second part today.

The skills portion of your CNA training exam can be stressful and intimidating. Without the proper preparation, you may find yourself fumbling over even the simplest tasks. Here are a few tips to help you through.

Studying For Your CNA Training Skills Test

When you complete your written exam after CNA training, you will be required to take a skill’s test. This test involves you, a state examiner, and, at times, a volunteer from your CNA training class. If a volunteer is not used, you may work with a medical doll.

You will be tested on three different skills from your CNA training. The skills are selected by your state examiner, and you will not know what they are until the skills test begins. For this reason, it is important to study every skill that has been addressed. You may be asked to bathe your patient, brush their teeth, transfer them from the bed to a wheelchair, take vital signs, change linens, or any other skill you have learned during your CNA training.

This is the final step after your CNA training class. Here are a few tips to make sure you are prepared and ready.

Final Questions Before Your CNA exam. Are you still unsure about any of the techniques or skills you learned during your CNA training class? Now is the time to take your instructor aside and ask for that final bit of clarity. Make a list of things you are unsure of and ask the necessary questions. You may want to physically demonstrate some of the skills to make sure you have them right.

Taking The CNA Training Skills Test

The day of your CNA training skills test can be stressful and overwhelming because it is an important step towards your new career. With the added stress of having an examiner watching you complete your set of three skills, you may feel even more anxiety. With these tips, though, you can complete the skills portion of the exam in a calm and collected manner.

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before the exam. According to the Virginia Tech Schiffert Health Center, located at, even sacrificing a few hours of sleep can greatly affect your memory and ability to concentrate. Lack of sleep can also lead to an increase in certain emotions, like stress, anxiety, irritability, and anger. If you want to do well on your test, a good night’s rest is extremely important.
  • Eat a great breakfast, and if your test is in the afternoon, a good lunch. Without a proper meal, you may be distracted from the tasks at hand and may make silly errors during your test. Avoid foods that could cause stomach problems.
  • During your test, don’t forget to speak calmly and informatively to your patient. Even if your patient is a medical prop, you must engage with them as if they are a real patient. Introduce yourself at the start of each skill and make sure you inform the patient of every step you will be taking.
  • Wash your hands. Often. There is no limit to the number of times you should wash your hands, although it is important to do so before and after each different skill. During your CNA training, your teacher will inform you of how to wash your hands correctly. Failing to wash your hands properly during your skills exam can lead to failure, because it is an important infection control issue.
  • Don’t try to hide your mistakes. If you recognize a problem with your technique or the way you performed a procedure, admit it. Let the state examiner know what you should have done to complete the skill correctly. This will prove that you are both honest and knowledge about the task, and it could possibly result in a higher test grade.

This could be the start of your new career, so it is important for you to be prepared. When it is time for your CNA training state exam, make sure you are ready for both the written and clinical portions of the exam.

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