How To Pass A CNA Certification Test

The best way to pass a CNA Certification test is to know the material that the exam will cover. There are several reasons why one would need to take a certified nursing assistant certification test. In addition, there are tools available to help you pass the test.

The first exam you will take is when you are completing a CNA Certification program. All of the knowledge and skills that you have been learning will be fresh in your mind so answering the test questions should be easy. Of course, you may still want to refresh your memory about what you learned at the beginning of the program.

Whether you are taking the CNA course at a local institution or a CNA online course, you should be provided the basic information that you will need to know to take the exam. What is actually on the test can vary but each test will cover the basic skills that you should know as well as include other skills that are not as common. Having a study guide is very helpful at this point.

The written portion is generally multiple choice; however as long as you listen, study and practice each day this portion of the CNA Certification test will be a breeze. Read each question thoroughly and if you are hesitant about the question re-read it again and then provide/select the answer. A written portion is included as not only will indicate how much you have learned, but if you can successfully read and understand what you are reading.

The verbal portion of the exam is to not only find out what you have learned but to also determine how well you can communicate with others. This is very important because you will need to provide information to the nurse/doctor verbally. If you are not clear in communicating, you may provide insufficient data to the nurse/doctor which is something you don’t want to do.

The hands-on portion of the exam will give you and the person administering the tasks a huge window as to how well you can perform the job. There are 5 basic skills that every CNA must know and do correctly and then there are a number of other skills that you could be tested on. Skills you may be asked to perform can include moving the patient into a wheelchair to making a bed.

When you are preparing to take written portion of the exam, include taking a practice test as well. If the institution you are taking the course from doesn’t provide one, you can obtain one from the NNAAP or National Nurse Aide Assessment Program. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing can be found at

When you are preparing to take the verbal and hands-on portions of the exam, there are a number of things to remember. Not only do you need to know the topic matter and how to perform a particular task, but you should also keep your demeanor in check. You may have the knowledge and be able to properly perform all tasks that may be required of you but if you are not nice to the patient, you will fail.

Taking an exam can be stressful for anyone. Take each question one at a time and do the best you can. Becoming a CNA takes more than brain power but a pleasant behavior towards others as well; treat the patient as if you would want them to treat you if the positions were reversed. Learning how to pass a CNA Certification test is easy and if you have been paying attention and practicing, you will do just fine.

4 Responses to “How To Pass A CNA Certification Test”

  • Arisa says:

    Yes, a lot of nursing homes do this. My mom used to be a CNA ictsruntor at a nursing home. I would just go to some local nursing homes in your area and ask them about it. Many nursing homes have these programs, but they just aren’t very widely advertised. I warn you though, it is a very tough job! You will have to do a lot of gross things such as changing diapers, giving baths, etc. and the old people at nursing homes aren’t at all like they are in the movies. In movies, old people are often shown as cute and/or wise, but in reality the people in nursing homes are usually very disoriented and are in a lot of pain. This can make them uncharacteristically mean. Good luck.

    • Diego says:

      I used the Saunders Q A book and liked that one a lot. It had more comprehensive exams with beettr rationales.But I used a variety of books personally I benefitted from having a lot of different sources, the more sample questions the beettr. I studied for a week straight prior to taking NCLEX. I answered something like 3000 questions and read every rationale. That was the most helpful to me. And if you take those comprehensive exams and are able to consistently get above 60%, you are basically sure to pass. Good luck!

      • Teresa says:

        Study, study, study. Use all those NCLEX books and test yourself. Study with some of your class mates. Take an NCLEX reivew course, a lot of hospitals offer those. Good luck to you, all I can say is that the it was the most stressful time of my life from the time I finished until I got my results the next day and knew I passed.

    • Shahzad says:

      An ASN (Associates of Nursing) takes 2 years. A BSN takes 4 years. However, you can get your ASN and then do an online brgdie program through a local college or university that offers it and it will take a year to a year and a half. So you can potentially get a 4 year BSN in 3 1/2 years. A BSN starts out at roughly 50K a year starting out. Similar pay with and ASN, but a BSN can advance quicker over time because of their extra education.

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