AANP Certfication Exam ( I failed it) - page 7

Hello, My name is Jamie and I have been an ER nurse for 7years. I took the AANP exam yesterday April 3 and failed it. I am extremely sick to my stomach about this. How can I fail this exam? I was... Read More

  1. by   pangugi
    I have taken the american critical care nurses exam and passed with no difficulty. I have well prepared noted for FNP,ACNP...You can contact me at paul ngugi....npngugi@gmail.com and will help. I couch nurses too on how to approach the exam. Guaranteed money back if you dnt pass.
  2. by   willdoit2
    Hello Everyone
    I'm new to this site. I graduated in May with FNP degree, since then I took ANCC and took AANP today and failed it. The questions in the exam had information that I did not see in Leik book. I studied that book about 3x. I also took the review for Fitzgerald and have her CD's as well as Amali's CD/s. To say the least I feel so frustrated and incompetent. I've been a nurse a for over 10 years . Anyone knows how long do I have to wait to reapply for the AANP?
  3. by   CLB_81
    Hi willdoit2! Don't get discouraged. You are allowed to take the AANP twice a calendar year. After you take the test and fail all you have to do is get 15 cue's then reapply for the exam. Shouldn't take more than a week or two to have you approved to test again!
  4. by   SamanthaKelly
    I failed today like you I have a 4.0 GPA took APEA review the test looked foreign to me.
  5. by   CattyNattyRN
    Hey girlie. I failed in December and I'm possibly going to retake mine soon! We should compare notes, if you'd like!
  6. by   Big John
    Hi guys, I also failed the AANP on Thursday of last week. I could not believe the kind of questions I was getting. I knew after the first 20 questions I wasn't going to pass the exam. I am quite upset, disappointed, and honestly just shocked. I took the APEA review online, and audio, multiple times. I knew the book and could recite it to you. I also have the Leik book and fitzgerald books but did not really use them. After this failure, I feel like I may never pass that exam. I signed up for the ANCC exam and will probably take it in about 3 weeks. I am worried sick about it too. I graduated with 4.0 and feel like there is no way any one person could know all the material on that AANP exam. I guess I am just not as smart as I hoped I was. After reading nothing but good things about the Leik book, I am all over it for the past two days and will learn it inside and out. I also ordered a cultural nursing book to get familiar with the different cultures, and I downloaded some information on epidemiology. I also have the boardvitals questions package for the ANCC for another month. I plan to do lots of those questions and study daily at least 4 hours a day. I hope this will be enough to pass the exam. I have seen comments on here about the NHinstitute FNP review..does anyone know if that is helpful? ANY information that anyone can provide to help me learn what I need for the ANCC would be greatly appreciated. I have a job waiting for me but will lose it if I do not pass this exam! I feel so alone because I did an online program and have no one to study with or no one to bounce ideas off each other. I am just plain depressed. Thank you all for listening.
  7. by   Jabez65
    Hi everyone,
    I took the FNP AANP boards three weeks ago and failed. Upset, frustrated and depressed. I attended Barkely live review, answered thousands of practice questions with rationales and still failed. Please help. What do I need to do? I need to pass this test or I will go crazy. I am considerring to take both AANP and ANCC boards next time around . Thank you.

    jabez65
  8. by   Big John
    First, don't panic. I failed too and posted just a little over a month ago. Here is what I did..I trashed that barkley review and bought the mp3 apea review. I also bought the fitzgerald review online. I know it is pricey for both, but the results were perfect for the ANCC which I took last Saturday and passed! The fitzgerald review will give you study material for the non clinical part of the ANCC as well as clinical stuff. The APEA review is just so well presented and will give you MANY clinical items. I also bought the Leik book and studied it because it doesn't have too much fluff, just straight to the point. I bought two reviews because I am lazy and lose interest if I don't have someone talking to keep me engaged. I can only speak for myself. If you do not have that problem, I would purchase just the APEA review, and read the leik book completely. Let me be the first to tell you practice questions are NOT going to be the reason you pass this exam. If you feel they help you, then buy a month access to APEA questions. They were the best in my opinion. Board vitals questions were good but WAY above what kind of questions I had on my exams. I failed the AANP first and was miserable. I had done the APEA review only at this point. Then, used the fitzgerald review and leik book to study. Make sure you really look hard at the non clinical stuff because the ANCC will have about 60 questions out of the 200 and this can really help you on the exam. I found the ANCC questions to be straight forward and no BS. They didn't try to trick me at all, but I believe the AANP was all about the trickery. I hated that exam. Trust me when I tell you this..take the ANCC, just prepare for the non clinical, brush up on the clinical part and you will pass the exam. If I passed it, you can pass it. I have written down about 15 or twenty items I remember from the ANCC exam. Not exact questions because for one that would be illegal. But I can guide you in what subjects to be proficient. Shoot me over an email and I will attach a word doc and get it back to you that will help guide you a bit. Don't panic, you got this.
  9. by   Big John
    I actually put a post up explaining what I did, however it seems to have mysteriously disappeared. I would like to help you, however it appears we cannot even private message because of the ridiculous policy of must post 15 quality topics in order to prove we are not "abusing" the system. Really? How many professional nurses are going to abuse anything? I would like to help you and have some information that would likely benefit you. You may try me at immusicman and g mail. I don't know if this will work or not. I am trying my best to help you and it appears this website is geared to prevent you from getting any help other than what we can post openly.


    Quote from Jabez65
    Hi everyone,
    I took the FNP AANP boards three weeks ago and failed. Upset, frustrated and depressed. I attended Barkely live review, answered thousands of practice questions with rationales and still failed. Please help. What do I need to do? I need to pass this test or I will go crazy. I am considerring to take both AANP and ANCC boards next time around . Thank you.

    jabez65
  10. by   homegirl75025104
    where do we go to do the CE
  11. by   bgudorf
    Ok, so I took the AANP exam for the first time a week ago and passed. During preparation I visited these posts like a mad man to see if I was ready or not based on other peoples experience.
    First, I did the Fitzgerald live review. At the time I thought it was great, but it actually gave me a false sense of preparedness. Once I started taking the practice exams I was scoring in the low 60's. It did, however, help me understand some key concepts such as anemia, murmurs, and antibiotics.
    Second, I went through the Leik book. The questions in the back were great, I went through all of them. they also have an app that makes it easier.
    Third, I downloaded 4 of the 150 question APEA preparednes tests. I scored a 67 on the first one. After not being satisfied with a 67 I purchased the APEA question bank and just started going through the questions. I would do 15 at a time while at work, to a total of 150-200 per day. I was initially scoring in the 60's on these 15 question quizzes.
    After a week, i was in the mid 70s. I took another APEA 150 test and scored a 74, starting to feeling better. I finished all of the 1500 some APEA question bank and by the end I was in the mid to high 90's on average. At this point I had a strong understanding of the content and felt ready. Not only could I answer questions correctly, I could explain why it was correct.
    I started with the Fitzgerald in May, and took my test June 20. I spent approximately 3 weeks on the APEA Qbank.

    So, my advice is:
    Use different resources, they teach you in different ways (Leik, fitz, Apea)
    Be careful of some of the apps, the questions on some were super easy and not like the test.
    Get the APEA Q bank and do all of it, even if you get through all of the questions keep going until you're scoring at least in the 80's.
    Once you feel ready, take it, stop freaking out and get it done.
    The test was challenging, but I felt prepared. Part of me feels like I learned more in the 6 weeks of studying than in the two years of school
  12. by   Pragmatic3333
    Jamie, it is unfortunate to fail anything you have worked so hard for. A few comments however to warn others who may get the wrong idea from your post. First off, starting as an ER FNP is going against your scope of practice, so you likely were not testing on a level involving primary care. Critical care and ER nurses have some of the highest first-time failure rates. Also, the board exam does a wonderful job at keeping those unsafe to practice out of practice, so building your knowledge in primary care prior to the exam is critical. This exam isn't something you can take a three-day course and go right into and expect to pass. I recommend 3-4 weeks of continuous knowledge building, then 1 week of nothing but practice questions followed by going back over weak areas assessed during the practice question time frame. I think the best advice is to not blame the exam itself but appreciate the need to expand your knowledge base so that you can be a safe provider.
  13. by   Pragmatic3333
    Jamie, it is unfortunate to fail anything you have worked so hard for. A few comments however to warn others who may get the wrong idea from your post. First off, starting as an ER FNP is going against your scope of practice, so you likely were not testing on a level involving primary care. Critical care and ER nurses have some of the highest first-time failure rates. Also, the board exam does a wonderful job at keeping those unsafe to practice out of practice, so building your knowledge in primary care prior to the exam is critical. This exam isn't something you can take a three-day course and go right into and expect to pass. I recommend 3-4 weeks of continuous knowledge building, then 1 week of nothing but practice questions followed by going back over weak areas assessed during the practice question time frame. I think the best advice is to not blame the exam itself but appreciate the need to expand your knowledge base so that you can be a safe provider.

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