Is ANCC easier than AANP? - page 2

by JenDandy 30,602 Views | 22 Comments

I recently took the AANP and failed (ANP). I made it about 2/3 of the way through the test and did not pace myself and had to start willy nilly marking answers because I was running out of time. Still, I was not prepared and it... Read More


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    They both stink. Pass one and get tons of CME is my advice. I do CME from Medscape on my phone everytime I wait for something. I'd rather not take the exam again.
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    CRF250
    You r right!! They r both hard i heard!
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    I took and passed them both on the first effort. I didn't think either was that difficult, nor did I find them much different.
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    So BlueDevil, which one do you recommend the most??
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    I don't think it matters. I probably won't bother to renew ANCC.
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    I took and passed both of them this year and I honestly think that the AANP was harder than the ANCC. I took the ANCC first and knew I passed it even before my result paper was printed. When I went back to take the AANP a few days later, I was shaking with fear at the end of the exam because the questions were harder. Luckily, I passed it too. The AANP had all clinical questions. None of the therapeutic communications/healthcare policy stuff. I now have a new-found respect for anyone who passed the AANP exam.
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    Jendandy, I will be kindly harsh here. So you want to be responsible for the health of others, be taken as a credible independent provider and that is how you prepare? You can cram for exams.....that may help but I am curious on how you have approached your academic training and other professional endeavors? You need to think about what you want to do.Cordially A
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    allennp-

    i see no need to preface with 'i'll be kindly harsh' - jendandy didn't deserve or ask to be judged by you. . .or anyone else. if you would have read her entire post, perhaps you might have noticed a few subtleties that begged a much different response than what you offered.

    it has been my experience - people who tend to judge/point fingers are usually the epitome of 'do as i say, not as i do' and moreover, are unable to see their own flaws. being overly confident can be more dangerous than being underprepared. . .the latter more likely to ask questions and seek answers vs. thinking he/she already knows all there is to know.

    when you fall on your face from holding that head of yours so high, maybe it will be you that we read about: 'arrogant, over-confident np [you can insert whatever patient-oriented tragedy here]'. i would expect a little compassion, helpful tips, and the benefit of doubt from an experienced provider like yourself.


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    Jendandy-

    If you don't do well on standardized exams - regardless of content - then utilizing a review course is a great way to improve your score. Aside from reviewing content, most reputable reviews will teach you strategy and time management - both equally as critical as content knowledge.

    If you do well on standardized exams - maybe your first go was a fluke (nervous, doubting yourself, listening to others too much instead of yourself) - but if this is the case, the review books and website question banks are excellent study methods.

    Also - when you do practice questions, don't simply focus on the correct answer. Look at all of the answers and see if you can put a scenario together and make them apply. If you don't understand a choice, look it up.

    Not sure if any of the above helps. . .hope it does. Think positive and good luck.
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    I'm taking the Adult AANP in 1 week...I've done Fitzgerald's CDs and review book, as well as Leik's review book. Has anyone taken the Adult AANP exam recently and can help narrow in on specific areas that were on your test???
    I'm aware that every test is different, but it might put me at ease to review specifics before next week.


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