I need advice from those who failed the AANP exam the first time. I took the exam and failed. I am waiting for my official letter in the mail so I can apply to retest. I am very upset and discouraged. I studied very hard using Fitzgerald CDs and books, attended the APEA review course and studied the book from the course. I studied 4-6 weeks prior to taking the test. I did find the test to be challenging. I can break it down to two choices and don't always pick the best one. I don't know when I should schedule to retest. I need 15 CEUs prior to applying to retest. I am also considering taking the ANCC exam, although research and theory can be a weak area, because I have not studied that portion. Anyone with advice please let me know! I had no problem passing the NCLEX and was mostly all A student in FNP program. I'm ready to pass this test and put it all behind me. My life has been centered around passing this exam and failing is a huge set back.