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i successfully took the ancc's exam last wednesday and had a poster ask me a few questions about the acnp exam. i will repost their questions here and will try to answer any other questions you may have about the exam. also, some other acnps may be able to offer an alternative perspective/pointers that i hadn't thought of.
*please note: i will not be posting specific questions from the exam as i don't think it would be fair, but i will give you an idea of what to expect.
plus, you can go here to see sample questions: http://www.nursecredentialing.org/ce...qs/28acnp.html
[original poster: yellow finch]
while it's still fresh in your mind... spill the details of the exam!
1. what should we look forward to?!?
2. how long would you say you spent?
3. what did the questions focus on?
4. were the questions diverse in the field?
5. any specific advice you would give?
first of all: it is not as bad as you think it will be. seriously.
1. you can look forward to 175 questions, 150 of which count and 25 are simply "uncounted" questions for their evaluation - but you do not know which questions do not count. you will also note an allotted time of 4 hours: 30 min for the tutorial and 3.5 hrs for the exam. the test is administered in a prometric/sylvan learning center. you should not have any difficulty with recognizing medications - they give you both the brand and generic names. the questions, surprisingly enough, do not try to trip you up. they are very straightforward and fair. there were no "double negative" type of questions, and i think i may have only had 2 "all of the above/none of the above" if that many. also, you are able to go back to previous questions during the exam and you are able to "mark" questions you aren't sure of to review at the end of the exam, time permitting.
2. i spent exactly 2 hours on the exam, including the 30 min tutorial.
3. & 4. the questions were quite diverse. if you download the ancc test blueprint (available at http://www.nursecredentialing.org/ce...acnp28tco.html
) you will have a very good idea of what to expect on the exam and what types of problems may be included on the exam. i was fortunate in that many of my questions were cardiac-related. i had a lot of blood pressure control questions, myocardial infarction recognition, a couple "what would you order first?" questions, role questions (e.g. "in which of the following scenarios are you fulfilling the role of educator? collaborator? interdisciplinary team member?" etc.). there were a few questions that were a bit "uncomfortable" for me, but they were not unfair or unreasonable.
5. not to be an advertisement or anything, because i am sure there are other great reviews... but the review by dr. thomas barkley (www.npcourses.com
) was invaluable. i know that i would not have as well had i not gone to this review course. let's just say that he is very well aware of what is on that examination. he was apart of the first acnp class to take the exam and has had his hand in its development (in the past) and has been teaching review courses for it for a very long time. he is hysterical... and an excellent educator! he basically teaches you the entire acnp program in 12 hours, but it doesn't feel overwhelming. the course is expensive ($300+), but very well worth it! i cannot stress this enough, especially after knowing what is in his review manual vs. what was on my exam. *hint. hint* he stresses that succeeding on the test comes from mastery of the material... not from repeatedly going through practice test questions (the nclex was a test of minimal competency vs the acnp exam which is a test of mastery for certification). hence, you have to understand the "whys and hows" of a disease process. also, i did not really start reviewing the material until a few days before my exam. i wish that i had given myself a little more time to review. (keyword: "review.") this is not an exam you can "study" for. by this point, you should give yourself a little credit because you probably know more than you realize. you cannot expect to sit down and study for an exam that covers everything you have learned over the last 2+ yrs of your acnp program.
and just fyi: at the barkley review, you will receive a notebook of "notes." basically, it is just condensed information that you have already learned. it's very well simplified, but has enough information for you to succeed on the exam and have a good foundation for practice. (just a side note: i also utilize barkley's practice guidelines for the acute care nurse practitioner, 2nd edition, 2008, for my protocols - and it is very helpful.)
hope you find this helpful...