Quote from Dixiecup
Well, I took the AANP certification exam today and failed. It was the most horrible feeling in the world.
I took the Barkley live review seminar. It was three jam packed days and they sent us home with a notebook of everything covered. They made a very big deal out of stating they have a 99% passing rate for the exam if you know the material they covered.
Well, I knew it backwards and forwards, practically memorized the entire notebook. And to be honest, I would have done just as well if I had never even opened the thing. It literally only helped me with about two questions. I am so disappointed.
It's so nice to be in the 1% group. Now I don't know what to do. I guessed at probably at LEAST half the questions. It was very hard! What's bad is you don't know which questions you got right or wrong.
I was not nervous at all so it was not test anxiety. It's like I just knew absolutely nothing. The whole test was clinically based but the answer selections were just so confusing.
If it weren't for student loans to pay back I think I would not even bother taking it again.
I'm open to suggestions on how to study now. I actually thought I was well prepared when I went to take the test but obviously NOT!
I'm going to go sit in my recliner and bask in my depression now!
In cases such as this, there really isn't anything that one can say that makes it better. What I can say, from experience, is that this, in no way, should mark you or make you feel less than you are. It is hard not to have such feelings because of the despair that sets in with such a thing.
Remember, you have a Master's degree. You earned this. You are NOT a big, fat nobody...you are somebody, you are special, and there are many people who would want exactly what you have right now, for what you have accomplished.
The thing you took was a test. It is not a measure of your abilities or your worth. It was just a test, and you might of just had a bad day.
I would seriously look at taking the ANCC exam, and don't look back. It might actually be more your style. You could also try taking it again. Do the CEU's and retake it. Again, it might of just been a bad day.
I took this test within the last few weeks and found it very difficult also. You know you studied. It just was not your day. Don't give up, and don't think less of yourself for it. You know they say Einstein failed 8th grade math...and he went on to do all his relativity stuff... Whether this is true or not, at some point, in everyone's life, there can be a time where they fail to succeed at something...this is adversity and what helps us in the pursuit of integrity. Remember it is our imperfections that we are loved for, for people never truly admire perfection, but are envious of it.
But when all this is said and done...all I can say, is I know this is tough right now, but do not let it defeat you. I feel, that you have it within you to succeed, and should you choose to attempt it again, you may very well be successful.