RPN Exam Prep Courses?

  1. Hey all.

    I'm an RPN student in Ontario, writing the CPNRE in May. I want to take a prep course, which my school offers. The problem with that is according to some instructors, our school has the "highest failing rate" for the CNO exam. I won't say which school I go to, and I don't know how much truth there is to that, but it's worries me nonetheless.

    So, I want to take a prep course through another school, can anyone recommend any good RPN-Exam prep courses in southern Ontario?

    Thanks!
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   Fiona59
    Never heard of prep courses for the exam. Honest.

    Your course work is all you need to prepare for the exam.
  4. by   loriangel14
    Ditto what Fiona said. Just study your course work. All I did was review a bit and focus on my weak areas.
  5. by   T&T08
    Try the Toronto School of Health, they offer a RPN exam prep course. I took it and passed my RPN exam in Jan. and other 2 students who took the same course with me also passed.

    The course was expensive but worth it.
  6. by   indyanprincess
    My school (Mohawk) has one but I didn't take it. It's expensive and it really only supposedly goes over how to write the exam not reviewing content. I used the prep guide and predictor tests and reviewed my notes from school. I agree with Leslie and Fiona. That's all you should need.
  7. by   loriangel14
    Indyanprincess is right.They only go over how to interpret questions, strategies and how to narrow down the answers.They don't really study content. They aren't worth the money. You should have all the information you need to pass right in your course work and notes.
  8. by   T&T08
    That is true. There are so many RPN exam prep courses. But some of them only go over how to interpret questions.

    You may need a good prep course which will review nursing content. A comprehensive prep course will cover
    specific nursing language/terminology, theory, and knowledge necessary for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

    Good luck on your exam!


  9. by   broccli
    Being that I just written and passed the Jan 12 CPNRE. The exam is a mixture of how to interpret a question and knowing the theory, but more on how to answer a multiple choice question well at least for the one in Jan. I found that no prep book or ASI test could have prepared me for the exam. The only reason I believed I was successful was being able to relate the questions to experiences that I had encounter through out clinical placements. Know what the question is asking you don't assume. Good luck
  10. by   hidee
    HI LORIANGEL14,

    are you filipina ien?
  11. by   loriangel14
    Quote from hidee
    HI LORIANGEL14,

    are you filipina ien?
    No!! lol Lived here all my life.
  12. by   itsmejuli
    I'm an LPN educated in the States. I'll be writing the CPNRE on May 18th. I did the online predictor tests yeah...I got excellent results. I'll continue to review for the exam.

    With multiple choice test questions you have to have a high level of written english comprehension in order to understand the question and choose the correct answer.

    Read the question, read it again. Figure out what its asking, then eliminate the 2 obviously wrong answers. Read the question again...look at the remaining answers and choose the most appropriate answer.
  13. by   hidee
    hello itsmejuli,

    hows your exam last may?
  14. by   newnursejoan
    yeah how did it go? I'm sorta of in the same predicament, as I have to write my CRNE (Canadian Registered Nurses Exam). Did you pass? If not, I would suggest that you take a CPNRE prep course (RPN exam prep). Alot of my friends, many of which are RPNs have taken it with the torontoschoolofnursing.com and had a lot of good things to say about them. Heres their link http://torontoschoolofnursing.com/CRNE10.html
    They offer both the CRNE prep course (RN exam prep) and NCLEX. Let me know how did. I'm pretty nervous about writing my CRNE in October, but at least I have 3 months to study. Just out of curiosity where did you get the online predictor tests?

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