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I passed the AANP Certification Exam!

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Since many members of AN helped me a lot with formulating my own study plan, I promised that I will share my study plan as well once I pass the board exams. Here's a quick summary of my study plan:

1) Studied each body system at a time. I started with listening to Hollier's CD lecture (because she is waaaay easier to understand than

Fitzgerald or any book). So for example, i listened to her full dermatology lecture first as my warm up.

2) I would then study the dermatology lecture on my Leik Book. OMG! Best book ever! If you know the book from cover to cover, you are guaranteed to pass the exam. Be careful with some typos or wrong answers at the back of the book though. The errors were minimal and i was able to recognize that they were incorrect.

3) Then after reading and understanding the concepts in dermatology, i then listened to Fitzgerald's lecture on dermatology. I have two versions of her CD so i listened to both versions. I think this was the best strategy because when you listen to her (after listening to Hollier and reading the Leik book), it was easier to understand the topic. This strategy reinforced what I already know about the topic (in this case, dermatology). So while i was listening to her, i found myself saying "oh yeah, that's why...." Or "oh my god, now i understand why this rash is different from rubella...". Or sometimes i'd also say, "dang, i gotta review that topic again."

4.) After the steps above, i answered all of the qbank questions under dermatology. I kept track of my score for each topic. Seeing the scores improve gave me confidence whenever i feel overwhelmed and depressed about studying.

5.) Then i answered Leik's questions (they made an app for this but they are the same questions in the back of the book) on dermatology. I also kept track of my scores for each topic.

6.) Then those topics that I got low scores on, i decided to skim through and review again using Leik's book.

7.) Then i answered the qbank and leik questions again to test my knowledge. Surprisingly, i still got a lot of wrong answers even though they were repeat questions. So i wrote those questions that i missed in a small notebook to serve as my study guide later.

8.) Then i took the time to really understand why those questions that were missed. I had to really know the concept behind those topics so I could remember them.

9.) Then took the same questions until i got an 85% and above on each

topic. I also purchased the AGNP (83%) and FNP (89%) sample exams from the AANP website (I was determined to pass this test!). I also took the two practice exams (50% and 71%) given to us by the APEA website (I scored low on these though because it was late at night when i took them).

10.) The day before the exam: I studied my study guide in the morning. Then I spent my afternoon with hubby and we also watched a movie!

11.) On the day of the exam, i went to the gym at 5am. Then i studied my study guide again for an hour. Then i went to breakfast, took my mind off of studying completely. I tried to relax for an hour but I was having really bad palpitations! I had to take multiple deep breaths and meditation exercises. I listened to my favorite songs during my drive to the testing center.

12.) I arrived at the Prometric Center at 10 am (my appointment was 11). They checked me in at 1030. Felt like I was in prison because i had to empty my pockets and go through the metal detectors. You also have to check in/out, show ID, and go through the search process every time you take a break. I told myself I was gonna give myself a mini break during the exam but i was so anxious to just be done with it. I had to mentally get my mind off of the test a few times because my brain started going through bouts of mental fatigue (especially when i got to question number 80).

I was so relieved when I saw the word "PASSED" at the end of the exam. Before that though they asked me if I wanted to take a survey and i

clicked NO! I wanted to know first if i passed or not. Cmon! That was

gonna be torture if i took the survey. Lol.

I had tears of joy right after leaving the testing center. I'm so glad this exam is behind me. I could finally get my LIFE back ;-)

By the way, I studied for a total of 4 weeks. I had to work 1-2 days each week. I saw my friends maybe only 2-3x during this study period. I stayed home most of the time!

Good luck to all those who are taking the exam!

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Miss Infermiera2b, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Oncology. Has 2 years experience.

Congratulations! Right now I'm only a pre-nursing student but I hope to be in your shoes one day. Best of luck to you in your career endeavors :)

Congratulations! Right now I'm only a pre-nursing student but I hope to be in your shoes one day. Best of luck to you in your career endeavors :)

You're so sweet! Thank you very much, Marilena. I could still remember those days when i was a pre-nursing student. I had doubts about if i will even make it to nursing school! ;-)

Good luck! You will get there too. Determination is the key and i'm sure you have a lot of that.

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LovelyLocs

Specializes in LTC and Behavioral/Mental Health.

Congratulations!!!! :D

Congratulations!!!! :D

Thank you, Lovely!

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JustcallmeNurse

Specializes in Neurosurg, Urology Surg, ENT Surg, Neuro. Has 2 years experience.

Congratulations!

NeldaFNP

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

Congrats! I think #7 and 8 are key, keeping track of your progress, and studying what you have missed more than once. I would take a set of 100 questions and think, "Hey, I think I did pretty good!" But then score it and see that I got 72%. Sometimes you think you are doing better than you really are.

I did something similar with my studying, although I started while in school and then intensively studied for 4 weeks after graduation. I retook those tests until I was getting in the mid to high 90s. I used Leik and Hollier for my questions, just keep going through them, studying the wrong answers and making flash cards. I did this until I got good scores, then I knew I was ready for the test.

Thank you, Nelda! I read your past posts regarding how you reviewed for your exam. I took some of the tips that i thought would help me... I passed!!!

Thanks again ;-)

Congrats! That must feel AHHHHHMAAAAZINGG!

Congrats! That must feel AHHHHHMAAAAZINGG!

Sure does! Thanks, sammiesmom ;-)

bhargrave15

Specializes in Labor and Delivery.

Congrats!! I'm in FNP school and it is so encouraging to read that nurses have done well on their boards!!

Congrats!! I'm in FNP school and it is so encouraging to read that nurses have done well on their boards!!

Thank you, bhargrave!

The whole journey (school + clinical + board exam) was definitely not easy but doable with determination and discipline. Good luck to you!

Since many members of AN helped me a lot with formulating my own study plan, I promised that I will share my study plan as well once I pass the board exams. Here's a quick summary of my study plan:

1) Studied each body system at a time. I started with listening to Hollier's CD lecture (because she is waaaay easier to understand than

Fitzgerald or any book). So for example, i listened to her full dermatology lecture first as my warm up.

2) I would then study the dermatology lecture on my Leik Book. OMG! Best book ever! If you know the book from cover to cover, you are guaranteed to pass the exam. Be careful with some typos or wrong answers at the back of the book though. The errors were minimal and i was able to recognize that they were incorrect.

3) Then after reading and understanding the concepts in dermatology, i then listened to Fitzgerald's lecture on dermatology. I have two versions of her CD so i listened to both versions. I think this was the best strategy because when you listen to her (after listening to Hollier and reading the Leik book), it was easier to understand the topic. This strategy reinforced what I already know about the topic (in this case, dermatology). So while i was listening to her, i found myself saying "oh yeah, that's why...." Or "oh my god, now i understand why this rash is different from rubella...". Or sometimes i'd also say, "dang, i gotta review that topic again."

4.) After the steps above, i answered all of the qbank questions under dermatology. I kept track of my score for each topic. Seeing the scores improve gave me confidence whenever i feel overwhelmed and depressed about studying.

5.) Then i answered Leik's questions (they made an app for this but they are the same questions in the back of the book) on dermatology. I also kept track of my scores for each topic.

6.) Then those topics that I got low scores on, i decided to skim through and review again using Leik's book.

7.) Then i answered the qbank and leik questions again to test my knowledge. Surprisingly, i still got a lot of wrong answers even though they were repeat questions. So i wrote those questions that i missed in a small notebook to serve as my study guide later.

8.) Then i took the time to really understand why those questions that were missed. I had to really know the concept behind those topics so I could remember them.

9.) Then took the same questions until i got an 85% and above on each

topic. I also purchased the AGNP (83%) and FNP (89%) sample exams from the AANP website (I was determined to pass this test!). I also took the two practice exams (50% and 71%) given to us by the APEA website (I scored low on these though because it was late at night when i took them).

10.) The day before the exam: I studied my study guide in the morning. Then I spent my afternoon with hubby and we also watched a movie!

11.) On the day of the exam, i went to the gym at 5am. Then i studied my study guide again for an hour. Then i went to breakfast, took my mind off of studying completely. I tried to relax for an hour but I was having really bad palpitations! I had to take multiple deep breaths and meditation exercises. I listened to my favorite songs during my drive to the testing center.

12.) I arrived at the Prometric Center at 10 am (my appointment was 11). They checked me in at 1030. Felt like I was in prison because i had to empty my pockets and go through the metal detectors. You also have to check in/out, show ID, and go through the search process every time you take a break. I told myself I was gonna give myself a mini break during the exam but i was so anxious to just be done with it. I had to mentally get my mind off of the test a few times because my brain started going through bouts of mental fatigue (especially when i got to question number 80).

I was so relieved when I saw the word "PASSED" at the end of the exam. Before that though they asked me if I wanted to take a survey and i

clicked NO! I wanted to know first if i passed or not. Cmon! That was

gonna be torture if i took the survey. Lol.

I had tears of joy right after leaving the testing center. I'm so glad this exam is behind me. I could finally get my LIFE back ;-)

By the way, I studied for a total of 4 weeks. I had to work 1-2 days each week. I saw my friends maybe only 2-3x during this study period. I stayed home most of the time!

Good luck to all those who are taking the exam!

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Thanks

I know this is a little while back, but congrats on passing your boards last year! All your hard work paid off! Some quick questions... you wrote that you took both the AGNP and the FNP practice exams prior to the test. Was this valuable? Were there duplicate questions between the two practice exams? I am thinking of taking both practice exams and I haven't read that anyone else has done that. Thanks so much in advance!