New CEN Exam - page 2

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... Read More

  1. Visit  mwboswell profile page
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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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  3. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    How did it go, Footballnut?
  4. Visit  Footballnut profile page
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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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  5. Visit  Diablo62 profile page
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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
  6. Visit  mwboswell profile page
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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!
  7. Visit  mwboswell profile page
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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!
  8. Visit  dshehane profile page
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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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  9. Visit  mwboswell profile page
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    Quote from dshehane
    I went to Birmingham and took a review course from a dude from S. Carolina. It worked for the old test, at least!
    Hahah! I "THINK" I know who that 'dude' is!
    By the way CONGRATULATIONS!

    Did you get your CEN gifts in the mail yet?
  10. Visit  dshehane profile page
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    I did! I have the pin on my badge right now. Thank you!
  11. Visit  Robublind profile page
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    Has anyone CEN Review Web Series? Is it worth the money?
  12. Visit  NYannie profile page
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    Quote from Robublind
    Has anyone CEN Review Web Series? Is it worth the money?
    Me too.. I really want to know that for passing CEN..
  13. Visit  mwboswell profile page
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    In casual "off the record" conversation with some of the BCEN staff, I've heard that they are having a hard time filling those web review classes due to scheduling issues trying to get RNs to work around their busy/rotating schedules.
  14. Visit  rokclimbear profile page
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    Can I get a pin too? Yup, that's right I passed my CEN. Not by much, put passing is passing. I also used the CEN 4th edition review manual and the ENA's Core Curriculum book. I felt prepared for the exam until I started taking it. I didn't think that any more studying could have dramatically improved my score. I think I needed techniques on how to stay focused throughout all 175 questions! I practiced at home by taking 150 questions test in one sitting and 'no' distractions but then I found myself answering too slowly when I took the actual test. It made me panic a bit when I had 1.5 hr left and I was still on question #80. I also made sure my breathing has subsided a bit before I started the exam. I was too nervous! I played around with the camera, took different angle shots before I calmed down and got down to business. I was so happy that I hugged the H&R employees!
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