by Jasmine19 Jasmine19 (New) New Nurse

Hi all!

So-I feel like I have to write this post because I read hundreds of these reviews/discussions on here and now that I am finally where I want to be-I want to share what I did to succeed!

As of today-I am officially a certified FNP! It feels crazy to even type that or say it!

If you recently graduated or about to graduate and are thinking about boards-this post is for you. I can only speak for the AANP exam because that's the one I chose to take. I personally am not all that familiar with theory so that is why I went with AANP.

My study material: Hollier review and the Leik book! THAT IS ALL YOU NEED!

THEN-about a week before your exam, listen to Walden's crash course (she has about 5 videos) and try to listen to each at least twice. You can listen at home or in the car. She gives out BUZZWORDS that were definitely in the exam-like more than one. Worth every penny.

You don't need a million reviews or books.

As far as practices exams-I did APEA, PSI and Exam Edge. If I went back I would not waste my money on these. This is just my opinion. I read posts of comments saying if you scored below a certain range you should study more etc etc. Not true. These tests are WAY more difficult than the ACTUAL exam. I scored poorly on all of these. Like 65-70%. I felt horrible every single time I would take these exams. Thinking this is what the actually exam would be like. If you absolutely feel like you want to take one just for the heck of it-do not be discouraged if you don't score well.

The exam: AANP exam is straight forward. It does not try to "trick" you. It's either you know or you don't type thing.

The best tip overall: Read the Leik book and make that your focus-even more than Hollier. Read all the exam tips. This is literally all you need.

I am just an average student and I'm coming from an honest place with my post.


Moderators, this should be in the student NP forums. Are you all still moderating posts?!

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 29 years experience.

Moved to Student NP forum and yes we are all still here 🙂

Devo19, BSN

Specializes in Surgical Intensive Care. Has 7 years experience.

Congrats! What was your studying like? Was there a certain amount of material or time you study per day or week? When did you start studying? I graduate in November 2020.


Thank you!

So I studied for a total of 6 weeks. I graduated May of this year. I did not start studying right away. It was my husband and I's one year anniversary so we went to Mexico for one week. I was refreshed and ready to study when I got back. I needed that break-that was just me! I still worked full time when I returned-so I studied on my off days-4 days a week. I would study from about 10am until 5-6pm sometimes until 7-8pm depending on what I was going over. About one week before the exam I took a week off from work and studied the entire week. During this week I started doing all the Leik practice questions. I took some practice exams as I mentioned before but I don't recommend it. I don't recommend studying for too long because it's a lot of information and you will just start to forget what you studied during your first couple of weeks. I would say about a month or two is perfect.

Hope this helps!

I know this is unrelated but which school did you attend? Trying to decide on a school. The only affordable one I found was United States Uni. Any input is appreciated. Thank you

George Washington University!