Whilst CNA training is a comprehensive and detailed nursing assistant or aide course there is always the possibility, as with any exam, that you may not pass the first time. This can be quite stressful but there is so much you can do to ensure that you get the best possible result for your next attempt.
I Failed My CNA Training Exam, What Now?
The first thing to remember is that you are not the only one. Many students with a sound knowledge of CNA training and principals don’t pass on their first attempt. Whether through anxiety and stress or simply forgetting small but crucial details, especially in your practical exam, it is quite common to make mistakes and the best thing you can do is not to get disheartened but to focus your energy of your next attempt.
Find out where you went wrong
When you receive notification of your results many states allow you access to your test any how it was graded, including the questions that you answered incorrectly.
Targeted study cards
To create a powerful study tool, create a list or study cards using the questions you answered incorrectly and correct answers detailed. Spend a little time every day going over the cards, allow a friend or family member to test your knowledge and take the time to memorize the correct answers as best you can. With practical exam issues you can make study cards that detail the correct steps to be taken for every skill that you struggled with in the test.
Revising your core course knowledge
It is important not to neglect the rest of your CNA training when focusing on the areas of concern. Go back over your study materials, utilize your knowledge of the assessment structure to your advantage and write a list of key points from every relevant area of your CNA training course. You can use your prior exposure to the Certified Nursing Assistant examination process to your advantage and give yourself the best possible chance at passing with flying colours on your next attempt.
Talking to your CNA Training Provider
Contacting you mentor, tutor or instructor where you underwent your CNA training is not always possible, but if you are able to make use of their tremendous knowledge of the course it can be of huge benefit to your future success.
Not only can your education provider help you with theoretical knowledge gaps and handy study tips but they may also be able to organise additional work experience, either with your previous placement facility or with a new medical facility. Whilst this does mean an additional time commitment this additional learning opportunity can be hugely beneficial.
Retaking my CNA training Assessments
Most states require you to contact your state licensing body directly to request a second exam. Your education provider may be able to organise this for you. You will also, in most cases, have to pay an additional fee to resit your exam; the cost of this can vary greatly from state to state.
The important this to remember is not to stress if you do not pass on the first attempt. The licensing board has strict guidelines that they have to follow to ensure that CNAs operating in their state can work to highest possible health and safety standards. The pass rate for second attempts is much higher than for first, so relax and focus your energy on a great result for next time!