Passing the AANP certification exam

  1. 0 I just passed the AANP exam! It was HARD!!! I am a FNP that worked in primary care for three years but then left work to raise my children so have not worked in many years. I needed to re-test in order to get my certification back. I have been taking CEUs and studying for a full year.

    The last three months I have focused my studies on the certification exam. I took Margaret Fitzgerald's live FNP certification exam prep course. It was nice to network with other NPs (mostly students); however, I would recommend buying the CDs over the live course as you can listen to the lectures over and over again until you fully comprehend the material. The handbook MF gives out at the live course is exceedingly helpful. I studied it cover to cover and now know all that helpful info to use in my practice. I bought Fitzgerald's Certification Exam and Practice Prep. book while at the review course and found it helpful, as well.

    Other resources I used... Maria Condina Leik's FNP Cert. Intensive Review book - concise and to the point. I carried this smallish -sized book around with me and studied whenever I found myself with a few extra minutes - waiting in a Dr. office, at a restaurant, etc. I also bought the A. Hollier book of practice tests for ANP/FNP. I found the questions in that book very stimulating and challenging, quite helpful -great review book. I hear she also has a good review course on CD. I spent a GREAT deal of time with my Barbara Bates Physical Assessment textbook and I cross-referenced with another advanced practiced PE book. I must say I was disappointed to find that all the exam - prep books I used were a bit outdated on one topic or another - and I made sure to buy the latest edition of each. I imagine it takes quite a while to get a book to print and by the time it's approved some of the info. is already outdated. Margaret Fitzgerald said that most of the info. on the exam is about one to two years dated so the "hot off the press" mateial will not be on the test, and I found that to be true.

    It was quite difficult! In a way I am glad, as I do feel very challenged and I believe nurse practitioners need to be held to very high standards as we are so regularly challenged in the field. I would encourage you to study as much as possible. Know that what was on my exam may well be very different from what may be on yours as the tests are randomly generated.

    Now I need to find some kind soul to precept me as I have been out of work so long and do believe I need some practice before just diving back it! Please keep your fingers crossed for me! Good luck on the exam!
    Last edit by sirI on Apr 19, '11
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    Joined Jan '11; Posts: 11; Likes: 3.

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  3. Visit  cooldesi80 profile page
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    Hi my name is sheea, congratulations on passing....I wanted to know if took Maria Condina Leik's live course materials that i can sharing or purchase for passing my exam from you. please let me know.
  4. Visit  kritlyn profile page
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    I did not take Leik's course but did use her review book. It was helpful to use with other resources. I would not rely on it or any one book alone. I took Fitzgerald's review course and it was very helpful. Good luck
  5. Visit  Kyla B. profile page
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    I have been studying and using all of these resources as well. I am wondering what percentages you were getting in them on practice tests and how that correlated to your score on the real exam. Thanks!
  6. Visit  kritlyn profile page
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    I did well on practice exams and also scored well on The AANP Test. d o not really know my ANCC score - just was relieved to know I passed. If you are having trouble with the practice tests I think you should study more before taking the certification tests. I found the practice test to be easier than The actual test - so study alot and take the exam when you are ready.
  7. Visit  mae24 profile page
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    Congrats to you!!!!I have now taken the ANCC and AANP exam and have failed both. Is there anyone out there that does one to one tutoring? I know that I am not a great test taker and when I sat for the NCLEX back in 08 and I to take it twice. I really need helping with test taking and passing this exam. truthfully it is like a monkey or should I say gorilla on my back....HELP!!!!
  8. Visit  shadowflightnurse profile page
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    Congrats on passing...again!! Thanks for the helpful info on all of the pre resources. I hope to need it soon...in about 1 1/2 yrs
  9. Visit  ihealRN profile page
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    Congrats on passing boards..!!

    Thanks

    Lori
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jul 4, '13 : Reason: TOS/solicitation
  10. Visit  Jory profile page
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    Quote from kritlyn
    I just passed the AANP exam! It was HARD!!! I am a FNP that worked in primary care for three years but then left work to raise my children so have not worked in many years. I needed to re-test in order to get my certification back. I have been taking CEUs and studying for a full year.

    The last three months I have focused my studies on the certification exam. I took Margaret Fitzgerald's live FNP certification exam prep course. It was nice to network with other NPs (mostly students); however, I would recommend buying the CDs over the live course as you can listen to the lectures over and over again until you fully comprehend the material. The handbook MF gives out at the live course is exceedingly helpful. I studied it cover to cover and now know all that helpful info to use in my practice. I bought Fitzgerald's Certification Exam and Practice Prep. book while at the review course and found it helpful, as well.

    Other resources I used... Maria Condina Leik's FNP Cert. Intensive Review book - concise and to the point. I carried this smallish -sized book around with me and studied whenever I found myself with a few extra minutes - waiting in a Dr. office, at a restaurant, etc. I also bought the A. Hollier book of practice tests for ANP/FNP. I found the questions in that book very stimulating and challenging, quite helpful -great review book. I hear she also has a good review course on CD. I spent a GREAT deal of time with my Barbara Bates Physical Assessment textbook and I cross-referenced with another advanced practiced PE book. I must say I was disappointed to find that all the exam - prep books I used were a bit outdated on one topic or another - and I made sure to buy the latest edition of each. I imagine it takes quite a while to get a book to print and by the time it's approved some of the info. is already outdated. Margaret Fitzgerald said that most of the info. on the exam is about one to two years dated so the "hot off the press" mateial will not be on the test, and I found that to be true.

    It was quite difficult! In a way I am glad, as I do feel very challenged and I believe nurse practitioners need to be held to very high standards as we are so regularly challenged in the field. I would encourage you to study as much as possible. Know that what was on my exam may well be very different from what may be on yours as the tests are randomly generated.

    Now I need to find some kind soul to precept me as I have been out of work so long and do believe I need some practice before just diving back it! Please keep your fingers crossed for me! Good luck on the exam!

    Congrats! It is always a pleasure to read posts of what others have done!!!!
  11. Visit  Nursep2013 profile page
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    OK how hard was the test
  12. Visit  AnnaN5 profile page
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    Passed the AANP Adult-Gero exam on Wednesday. I thought the exam was easier than the practice exams I had been doing. I did live Fitz review, Fitz review book, Hollier practice exam book & paid the $50 to do the AANP online practice exam. Did not feel super confident going into the exam.
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  13. Visit  sv1962 profile page
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    Hello Anna,

    Congrats! I did not pass. I will be taking my test again in about 30 days. After thinking about many of the questions after the test was over. I immediately discovered where I messed up. I took the Fitzgerald review, studies from APEA and the Winland and Brown book. I am reviewing LEIKS now and it seems to be geared more towards what the test was like.

    SV
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  14. Visit  sv1962 profile page
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    Hello,

    I going back to try it again. I too agree that the test was quite difficult. I am finding that the LEIKS book seems to give you the best information as it relates to key things to look for when taking this test! Congratulations on passing the test! I will be able to say I passed very soon! I was very nervous when I realized there was still much material that I did not know>

    SV


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