How to Retake the CNA Test

by Maria Pavel on September 15, 2011

When you decide that you want to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, or a CNA, you must take both a class as well as participate in clinical studies before you pass the course and are released to take the CNA exam. Many people take their exam and are on their way to becoming employed as a CNA shortly thereafter.

Unfortunately, not everyone passes the CNA exam on their first try. If that happened to you, don’t despair because you can still take it over again without retaking the entire course. In fact, most states allow the exam to be taken up to 3 times during the 2 years following the completion of your CNA training.

Retake CNA Test

Retake CNA Test

The good news is that you’ll only need to retake the part that you didn’t pass. If you happened to have failed both parts, you can still retake both parts. If you fail a third time, you’ll have to repeat your training with an approved CNA program. When you’ve successfully completed the retraining, you can begin the process of taking the exam again.

The trouble for most people comes in passing the skills part of the exam. It’s easy to understand how this can happen. There’s a list of 25 nursing functions that you need to be very good at, not just a few of them. During the exam, 5 skills are randomly selected from this list for you to be tested on. You won’t know which 5 will be yours until you’re actually taking the test.

In order to prepare for the skills section, practice each one of the 25 skills with a partner or classmate. Then, go over your training notes and practice all of the possible scenarios until they become second nature to you. Most people fail the skills section because they neglect to perform the simple steps involved, such as washing hands or knocking on a patient’s door prior to entering.

If your problem was in passing the written part of the test, there are ways to study that will make it easier the next time around. There are all kinds of practice written tests online that you can use to study. This is highly effective in testing yourself. You’ll find sample questions and get a chance to grade yourself on your answers at the end of the practice exam. Take as many of these as you need in order to feel confident in passing the CNA exam.

When you learn how to study, you’ll be able to retake the CNA test with confidence.

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SUSAN R. CASENAS September 19, 2011 at 3:25 am

I have my CNA certification graduate but fail to take the State Certification its been almost 3 years now I havent taken the State Exam.Do i need to take the class again?

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