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I give up.. Failed Aanp three times

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I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I graduated over a year ago.! I took the Fitzgerald review course and failed my aanp twice with a score of 476 on the last one. I took the Barkley course and liked it and took the Ancc and failed. Today I retook the Aanp and failed. I don't know what I need to do? Practice exams? Honestly I give up because everytime I walk into that test center I feel like I'm going to fail.

Any advice please.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

So - very sorry for this added stress. What does your test analysis show are your weak areas?

anh06005, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Cardiac, Home Health, Primary Care. Has 6 years experience.

I can only imagine the aggravation! With a 476 you are soooo close! Perhaps contact your school and they might be able to give you some 1 on 1 help with studying/breaking down the questions? If I were in your shoes I feel like I'd be at a loss of even where to start.

I can only imagine the aggravation! With a 476 you are soooo close! Perhaps contact your school and they might be able to give you some 1 on 1 help with studying/breaking down the questions? If I were in your shoes I feel like I'd be at a loss of even where to start.

My school doesn't offer any one on one. I'd have to look again for my low scores. I was so upset I threw it away. I was looking at buying exams from familynpprep.com that's exactly how I feel... Lost. I want to give up.

anh06005, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Cardiac, Home Health, Primary Care. Has 6 years experience.

I had iffy feelings about Exam Edge quizzes. I wish I'd just used the APEA Q-bank instead. On Exam Edge plenty of the questions repeated or asked about nurses diagnoses (WHAT??). Not saying they won't be any good...but there were approximately 1/3 of the questions that I felt were not much help. Also if you are focused on AANP there are plenty of non-clinical questions even though I picked AANP.

tonet0908

Specializes in Pain Management, FNP, Med/Surg, Tele. Has 9 years experience.

I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I graduated over a year ago.! I took the Fitzgerald review course and failed my aanp twice with a score of 476 on the last one. I took the Barkley course and liked it and took the Ancc and failed. Today I retook the Aanp and failed. I don't know what I need to do? Practice exams? Honestly I give up because everytime I walk into that test center I feel like I'm going to fail.

Any advice please.

I'm so sorry to hear this. Please don't beat up on yourself too much and definitely do not give up. You can't, you've come too far, made too many sacrifices and if other people have done it, why can't you? Why don't you try practicing questions in your weak areas, you know what they are. If strategy is your problem then try practicing better test taking strategies. I hate taking tests too, damn near gives me anxiety, makes me almost want to throw up. I think I must have passed that FNP cert. exam by 3 points, who cares? Just get it over with. You got this.

lmccrn62, MSN, RN

Specializes in Pain, critical care, administration, med.

I recommend studying your weak areas. Do lots of questions and the ones you get wrong read up on it and understand why that was the right answer. Look at the questions and only answer what they are asking you for. Don't read into the questions or let your mind wander outside of the question. Learn mnemonics to the things you have a hard time memorizing such as cranial nerves. I made sure I wrote them down on scrap paper that they give you for the test.

You can do it just have to study different.

I had iffy feelings about Exam Edge quizzes. I wish I'd just used the APEA Q-bank instead. On Exam Edge plenty of the questions repeated or asked about nurses diagnoses (WHAT??). Not saying they won't be any good...but there were approximately 1/3 of the questions that I felt were not much help. Also if you are focused on AANP there are plenty of non-clinical questions even though I picked AANP.

Thanks for the info.. How many questions did you get with the apea q bank ? I don't know if I should try the Aanp again or the Ancc?

The Leik review book is really good. I felt a lot of the material was on my AANP test. And I like the way it is organized better.

I completely understand how you feel, I also failed boards three times while I watched everyone around me pass on their first or second try. I also felt like giving up but decided not to and passed on my fourth attempt. I did the Fitzgerald review, The ANCC review as well as Barkley. I feel like Barkley was the most helpful. What worked for me was listening to the CD'S nonstop until I had them memorized. Keep trying and you are bound to pass eventually. Good Luck!!!

anh06005, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Cardiac, Home Health, Primary Care. Has 6 years experience.

Thanks for the info.. How many questions did you get with the apea q bank ? I don't know if I should try the Aanp again or the Ancc?

I didn't do Q Bank but I took the APEA practice exam and I liked those questions better than exam edge (which I did purchase)

Wakes,

Have you tried investing in a Live Review? I have found it to be very helpful. Maybe you have some testing anxiety and could benefit from some clonidine or a benzo to help you before the test. Change your thinking about failing the test, YOU CAN DO IT!! You made it through school- that was the most difficult part!!!

I always say, do not try to learn it all. Learn the basics of a topic, but don't try to learn it all. Learn how to read a question, in a way that even if you do not know if the answer is correct for certain, you can still deduce.

Good Luck:yes:

MICU_2015_FNP, MSN, APRN

Has 12 years experience.

First of all, I am so sorry to hear that happened. But I agree with some of the others who've posted already, DON'T GIVE UP!! You have come a long way to get where you are today.

What I've found to be helpful was listening to Barkley over and over again. I've listened to his CDs once, then reviewed the adult section first, made notecards, then the peds section, made notecards. And kept listening to my weaker areas over and over again on repeat.

Then I read through the Leik book, answered the questions in the back. Read through rationales of what I got wrong.

The day before the AANP, I took the practice test to help boost my confidence.

I had a great deal of test anxiety and needed to wake up and tell myself that I could pass before I went out to study.

Good luck to you. I really hope you find some hope and positive thinking to get through this!!

Theres some great tips on other forums

https://allnurses.com/student-nurse-practitioner/passed-ancc-fnp-993437.html

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I feel confident in knowing the information but I don't think I'm use to questions. I did the Fitzgerald live review, and have the book and cds for Barkley that I've done. I bought 50 practice exams off examedge to hopefully get use to the questions better and be more comfortable. Trying to stay positive.

I feel confident in knowing the information but I don't think I'm use to questions. I did the Fitzgerald live review, and have the book and cds for Barkley that I've done. I bought 50 practice exams off examedge to hopefully get use to the questions better and be more comfortable. Trying to stay positive.

APEA's 1000 qbank questions and Leik questions (available via the app store) are the ones i used as practice tests. I passed last week :) and u will eventually pass too. Good luck!!!

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When I took the Fitzgerald Live Review, Margaret mentioned that this test was all about Knowledge Acquisition. And after taking the test and passing it, I believe that is the truth. That being said, I believe you know the information but what you need to do is visualize yourself passing that test. See that handout with your name and the words, PASSED, underlined and in bold. And you'll see, you'll walk into the test center and own it. :)

For me, I used APEA test bank. I felt like the questions were the same difficulty as the test questions. So, I definitely recommend them. That being said, I only used them as a means to reinforce what I already knew or to point out areas that I needed to review. ExamEdge seemed to easy for me so I wasn't a fan of it. I also recommend the Leik book - reviewing the Exam Points and praying. A lot of prayer! I'll keep you in prayer but remember, the hard work is done. You graduated from Nursing school. You got this ;)

NeldaFNP

Specializes in Midwifery and Family NP. Has 20+ years experience.

I have a study plan that I used that I can send to you. But I can't send pm yet since I only have 11-12 posts. Btw what is a "quality post"? Can I just post or does it have to be something special?

The study plan requires at least 2-3 months, although I suppose you could do the first 2 months accelerated, all in one month. Then 1 month of more intensive study just before the exam. I used a Review course on CDs, and the Hollier and Leik, and a flashcard app called Brainscape (free). I was also working 24 hours a week, so I based the plan on someone working. I had signed up for a review course but felt ready so I took the exam before the review course.

Be sure you take the test questions several times (I did it four times) and keep track of what you get right or wrong. I knew I was ready when I was getting them right about 97% average.

Thanks for your advice.