New CEN Exam - page 2

by TraumaJunkieRN | 37,649 Views | 46 Comments

Supposedly the new test has rolled out today (being 7/5/11). 1. Anybody take and passed the test? 2. How was the test different? 3. How did you study? 4. What resources did you use to study and date of publications? 5.... Read More


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    Just finished taking the revised exam and I passed! I am so relieved. It was not as hard as people make it out to be. I found it easy to eliminate wrong answers. The hardest part for me was sitting for 175 questions! I was so sick of answering questions that by the end, I didn't care whether I passed or failed. I just wanted to get out of that place and finished the test without checking my answers.

    I have been a nurse for about 1 year (all of which in a basic ER, no trauma). The method I used was taking the 150 question CEN online practice test before studying. I barely passed by 4 points. Then I got 'Pass CEN' by Dennison and took all the online practice tests provided by that book. Didn't read a page out of the book (too much content). Then I took the practice tests from the CEN Review Manual (4th edition) I borrowed from a friend. Took the 150 question CEN online practice test again the night before the test as a final assessment. Don't waste your non-refundable $75 by taking that practice test again because it was the same exact test I took the first time!

    I crammed all this in about 10 days over 2 weeks. Probably could've taken it sooner because all that studying didn't improve my score dramatically. However, I found the information I learned to be extremely helpful for my future. Good Luck!
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    Trauma junkie - Congratulations! Your explanation of your review method os a great one! Main thing is, you had a plan AND you did some form of valid self assessment. A lot of people I've mentored and taught haven't even considered doing a self assessment. Yes, it does cost more, but the road to passing CEN is an investment that will give you a return on your investment.

    I'm not allowed to self-promote on this discussion board, but I'm pretty sure you can find my contact info via google or the ENA -if you'll contact me so I can get your address I want to send you a few free gifts for passing your CEN!

    Again -CONGRATULATIONS!
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Jul 30, '11 : Reason: Deleted thinly veiled self-promotion
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    Thanks for the update Mark! It is good to know that there have not been sweeping changes in the test. I am taking the CEN exam on Wednesday after having not been certified for quite a while. ENA still has my old CEN certifications available online! I had no idea. I have passed the practice tests that I took online (available from the CEN Review Manual) but not by a big enough margin to feel totally comfortable. I'm still studying the areas I tested a little weaker in and reviewing as much as possible. Here goes . . .
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    Quote from Footballnut
    Thanks for the update Mark! It is good to know that there have not been sweeping changes in the test. I am taking the CEN exam on Wednesday after having not been certified for quite a while. ENA still has my old CEN certifications available online! I had no idea. I have passed the practice tests that I took online (available from the CEN Review Manual) but not by a big enough margin to feel totally comfortable. I'm still studying the areas I tested a little weaker in and reviewing as much as possible. Here goes . . .
    Hey footballnut - BEST OF LUCK! Too bad I didn't know a bit earlier, I could have given you some last minute "pointers" for the night before...Let us know how it goes. If it don't go too well, you can email me privately (yes, you have my correct personal email address). GOOD LUCK!
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    How did it go, Footballnut?
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    Thanks Mark and Lunah RN! The test felt hard but I passed with the same score you had Mark, much better than I expected. I am sure the studying helped. There was only one question that I had to totally guess on, the rest I could eliminate at least one wrong answer and usually two wrong answers if I didn't know.

    I reviewed an online ENA study course that was offered early this summer, 20 of us split the fees for a group buy-in, cost us each $25. Every person was able to view the nine two-hour modules up to 10 times each. I viewed almost all of them but I ran out of time on the offer. It was a great deal with 18 CEUs and I enjoyed involving my coworkers. Thank you ENA! I also printed out the study guides that came with the study course and reviewed them a few times. I did the entire book of the Lippincott Q&A CEN review, about half of the questions in CEN Review, 4th edition, took the two online tests that were included in the price of the book and reviewed my answers with the online tests.

    It sounds like a lot but I mostly just tucked the study time into little places where I had to wait or substituted an hour or two instead of watching TV. The last two days I studied about 6 hours each day since I was feeling a little more pressure with the test looming so close. That's it.

    I did a lot of question and answer reviews for the purpose of putting myself in the mind frame of the style that the test would be given. I have had good personal success with that method in the past, as long as I have immediate feedback on my answers so I can learn as I go.

    Yay!
    Last edit by Footballnut on Aug 17, '11
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    I took my CeN exam...unfortunately Failed out of frustration and was not 100% ready! Waaa i would like to know more study resources I could use? I have the ENA book and would like to practice more on answering questions. Any recommendations wilk be appreciated
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    Quote from Footballnut
    Thanks Mark and Lunah RN! The test felt hard but I passed with the same score you had Mark, much better than I expected. I am sure the studying helped. There was only one question that I had to totally guess on, the rest I could eliminate at least one wrong answer and usually two wrong answers if I didn't know.

    I reviewed an online ENA study course that was offered early this summer, 20 of us split the fees for a group buy-in, cost us each $25. Every person was able to view the nine two-hour modules up to 10 times each. I viewed almost all of them but I ran out of time on the offer. It was a great deal with 18 CEUs and I enjoyed involving my coworkers. Thank you ENA! I also printed out the study guides that came with the study course and reviewed them a few times. I did the entire book of the Lippincott Q&A CEN review, about half of the questions in CEN Review, 4th edition, took the two online tests that were included in the price of the book and reviewed my answers with the online tests.

    It sounds like a lot but I mostly just tucked the study time into little places where I had to wait or substituted an hour or two instead of watching TV. The last two days I studied about 6 hours each day since I was feeling a little more pressure with the test looming so close. That's it.

    I did a lot of question and answer reviews for the purpose of putting myself in the mind frame of the style that the test would be given. I have had good personal success with that method in the past, as long as I have immediate feedback on my answers so I can learn as I go.

    Yay!
    Footballnut:
    Sounds like you had a GREAT study plan!
    I couldn't have said it better myself.
    I'm gonna cut and paste this to share with some of my CEN students.
    Thanks and again congrats!
    Remember, contact me off-list and I'll send you a "CEN-treat"....
    Take care!
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    Quote from Diablo62
    I took my CeN exam...unfortunately Failed out of frustration and was not 100% ready! Waaa i would like to know more study resources I could use? I have the ENA book and would like to practice more on answering questions. Any recommendations wilk be appreciated
    If you can send me your score report (you can black out any personal information) I can look it over and do an analysis and help formulate a personal study plan to maximize your efforts and increase your success chance for next time. I offer this to any of my students who don't pass. I find too often people are studying the WRONG things, or at least spending TOO MUCH time on the WRONG topics.

    Hope to hear from you!
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    I went to Birmingham and took a review course from a dude from S. Carolina. It worked for the old test, at least!
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