AANP FNP Certification Exam ---urgent HELP needed pleaseeeee - page 2

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Hi Everyone: I really really need some advice regarding the AANP FNP exam. I graduated last May from my FNP program. I had planned to take the exam right away but family issues occurred (my MIL was diagnosed w terminal cancer).... Read More


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    Well don't be scared about the new changes. I took mine July 31 and had no pictures or none of that. So I don't really know...
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    I just finished in August and finally scheduled myself to take my test. I bought Fitzgerald's 3rd Edition which I found very helpful and was carrying it with me everywhere I went to go over the chapters I did poorly on on the Hesi Exit exam my school made us take. My school also required us buy a Review Course of our choice. I bought Fitgerald's CDs with workbook and listened to them through once while on a trip in the car and them did them with the workbook and online graphics. I am just finishing some of the other online material she has available. I bought the Leik book recently, but it is much bigger book than I had thought. It does have practice tests in them. I also have the huge book of nothing but questions by Hollier. I did poorly on the first test I took in that book but scored 74% on the AANP practice exam. I bought that exam because I wanted to see ow their tests looked, but the questions were those that had been removed from past tests so i wonder if the material was accurate. I think I will focus on the practice tests now and the Leik Book and then thumb through many Fitz workbook and read over my highlighted materials. I am registering to take both exams to have a back up in case I do not pass the AANP which I will take in two weeks. I am scared and do not do well on tests like this. My Hesi score was pitiful! Any help on where to go from here to make sure I pass the first time would be appreciated!! BY the way Fitgerald said to know how to read an EKG and mentioned to know ow to read a genpgram and she did mention pictures. I will be taking the Adult-Gero exam which is new, so it may have pictures I hope not though. AANP gives the nornal labs on the test and ANCC does not!
    I suggest listening to Fitzgerald's CDs in all spare time such as when driving in the car etc. Do it with the workbook as it is like a thorough class, and I feel that whatever she stresses is very important to know. It seems that about 66% or so is required to pass. Anyone know what what we should be scoring on these practice tests to pass the certification exams? Congrats to all those who passed!!
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    Which test did you take? AANP or ANCC and which track?
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    Took both AANP and ANCC. For the AANP leik will help you. Once you read the book, note the exam tips. Fitzgerald did not help a bit. I had the 2007 version of leik and it seemed that the questions were taken from her notes! For the ANCC exam , I bought the certification review
    Course book for the FNP and passed both!
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    I passed ANCC FNP exam this August, which did have pics and did have multiple multiples. I also had very many family distractions & crises during those weeks of study. The only way I could study was to dedicate hours by myself at an academic library reading room, bringing my snacks, books, etc. NO COMPUTER or SMART PHONE, even though it would have been occasionally helpful to look something up, it would also be too distracting, leading me to look too in-depth on topics, etc.

    I had graduated in May. I used the 3d edition Fitzgerald book, which I found very good. I also took the Fitzgerald F2F course, plus did the Fitzgerald post-weekend online modules, all were very good. I really intend to use those materials in practice, they are so helpfully concise, well-written, and up to date. I also bought the Hollier book, but it made me so mad with its various errors and out of date info (out of date mainly due to peds items, e.g., vaccinations), that I chucked Hollier after a short while.

    Best wishes on your studies, you just have to clear away the distractions, as demanding as they may be, and appear to be self-centered, at least for this little while.
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    I took and passed the AANP exam last wed, Sept 25. Woo hoo!! Glad that is over, but I studied my rear off! Hard to figure out what to do now with nothing to study.
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    Barinbass , which of your study items do you believe was the most helpful for the AANP exam?
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    I feel by far the Fitzgerald program helped me pass the exam. I could not have gotten much at all from the 2 day lectures. I needed to immerse myself in the material, and the CDs helped me do that. Also once through wold have not done it either. I listened to them whenever driving then with the notebook and took notes as you may have read in another of my posts. I also then went back through the notebook the week before the exam to reinforce the material, my notes, and her comments. She gives great advice. I also did her online study options too. We had to take the Hesi exam while in school and from that learned which areas I was weak in. I used Fitgerald's 3rd edition to study those chapters and the other chapters to answer the questions and review. That one program was most helpful to me although the others I used provided some help. APEA test book was not as helpful as I had hoped in that it's assistance was more from a test-taking standpoint rather than content. I sold it as soon as I didn't need anymore. I will never part with Fitgerald's materials. She makes you think like an NP, and I found her program supportive. Barinbass
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    I took and passed the AANP in fall 2012. I did the live Fitzgerald course and also found a set of audio CDs from apea to listen to. I listened to these while driving during my last semester, as I had a 40 min drive to clinical sites and a 35 min drive to work. I was able to get through a disc a day that way. I actually listened to a short part of a disc on the day I went to take my comprehensive final for my program--- nailed 3 questions on the test from that disc alone. I also did a ton of practice questions and if I was confused on rationale for the answers I looked them up. I also found a set of premade flash cards on meds that I went through when I "had time".

    It sounds like I studied a ton, but I only had 2 wks from the day I scheduled the test and when I took it. I really hadn't gotten deep into studying until it was scheduled, other than the Fitz and apea.
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    What were your results on ANCC? I'm going to be retaking AANP this month & freaking out!


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