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Nervous to take AANP again

Hello, I am scheduled to take my AANP (family) in exactly 6 days and I am scared to death. I took the exam a few months ago and failed I was devastated. I have since moved the test back twice, however I am so tired of this and want to take it this time. I have studied hard and reviewed with Leiks and Barkley. I have taken all the Leiks questions and the questions has helped me to understand what the question is asking me. The questions has also help me understand the content more. Thinking about taking this test again makes me so nervous and it tends to cloud my thinking. I have been scoring in the 70's with the Leiks questions. Not sure if I should reschedule or not...

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Is there a limit on the number of times you can take it? If not I'd just do it. You paid the money and have done the preparation, right? Good luck!

I would just do it. I used the Fitzgerald review course and materials to help me and I passed on the 1st time. If you don't pass this one, I would seriously consider doing that. You might have better results. DO NOT do any studying the day before and on the day of, you need to breathe deep and just accept fate. If you fail you haven't lost anything (except the money to take the test), but otherwise it's not like you lost your license. You'll be fine. Good luck and let us know how it goes. :)

Thank you so much steffyh,NP and Jules A. I just always feel I didn't study enough or everything but I understand that it will be stuff on that test that I just may have not seen before and to just answer to the best of my ability. You can only take the test twice a year. I do need to just take a deep breathe and accept fate (thank you).

I remember shaking so bad that it looked like I parkinsons! It sucked! All I could hear was my heart pounding in my ears, my guts were liquid, I couldn't breathe... After about 30 questions I knew I was going to fail. Once it was all done and I saw the "PASSED" on the screen, I broke down and cried. The people working there that day were so happy for me (of course I was exstatic that this **** was over!). I blubbered all the way out to my car, snot and all. When I closed my car door, I screamed so loud that I'm sure someone would've thought I was being murdered or raped or burned alive... I drove home continuously looking at the printout to make sure there wasn't a "NOT" in front of "PASSED." I couldn't believe it.

You will be fine which is what everyone says so I'm sure it means nothing, b/c it didn't mean **** for me, but you will. Just remember, you're smart, you made it through the hell of grad school, and you can do more difficult things than this. Don't let your nerves get the best of you if you can avoid it. Good luck and let us know!

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Just a couple of days left! I'm sending good vibes. When I took my FNP I was certain I had gotten the first 15 or so questions wrong which almost freaked me out but I took a deep breath and just pushed forward. At that point figured I spent my money, will continue to do my best and would refrain from telling anyone that I had tested and failed so no biggie. I would write the check and take it again if needed. :)

Within the next few questions I actually got a couple that I knew so that was a relief. The pictures were daunting but they actually helped spark my memory for other questions and I kept notes on a few that were total guesses and despite knowing it often isn't advisable to change answers when I was certain I had remembered or discovered the correct answer through additional questions I did change a few at the very end. My screen just went blank when I was done. I didn't have a "PASSED" message like Steffyh got so don't let that freak you out. I walked up to the proctor's desk and she gave me the print out which said I had passed. It was a huge relief but kind of anticlimactic.

Best of luck to you! Please let us know how you make out.

The test is extremely difficult and no fun. One friend of mine was having trouble passing registered for both the AANP and the ANCC which she felt gave her twice the chance to pass. The ANCC has a lot of non-clinical questions on it and she felt that was easier. I know that cost more money but might give you some comfort in knowing that, if you do feel the AANP, you can't almost immediately take the other one.

Well I took my AANP certification again today for a 2nd time and did not pass. I was sure I had passed because I didn't find the alot of the questions to be so bad. I am so tired of studying and worrying about passing this certification. When I got home I looked up a few questions that I remembered and of course I changed the answer to like 3 of them I know for sure. I am really thinking about taking the AANC certification but I was nervous about the multiple choice and pictures. Has anyone taking the ANCC recently? Iam bumped out about it but I know I have to keep trying. I used the Barkly and Leiks book to study for the certification. I feel the leiks book was better. I am curious to get my results of how far I was off because I just felt I passed this time.

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

I'm sorry you didn't pass. Hopefully when you get the results it will be helpful and show that you didn't miss too many. Have you actually taken a review course? If not I would suggest it because they often share tips that are helpful for the actual test that you wouldn't get just by using the books.

anh06005, MSN, APRN, NP

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

Sorry you didn't pass. As Jules suggested take a review course. I preferred getting the CDs so I could listen to them several times through. Plus you can sell the CDs to someone else and get some of your money back

ChellyFutureNP

Has 8 years experience. Specializes in Primary Care, Progressive Care.

Well I took my AANP certification again today for a 2nd time and did not pass. I was sure I had passed because I didn't find the alot of the questions to be so bad. I am so tired of studying and worrying about passing this certification. When I got home I looked up a few questions that I remembered and of course I changed the answer to like 3 of them I know for sure. I am really thinking about taking the AANC certification but I was nervous about the multiple choice and pictures. Has anyone taking the ANCC recently? Iam bumped out about it but I know I have to keep trying. I used the Barkly and Leiks book to study for the certification. I feel the leiks book was better. I am curious to get my results of how far I was off because I just felt I passed this time.

So sorry! I understand how that feels. Did u use the same materials u used like last time? Why do u think review them again didn't help u pass the 2nd time? Is it the book? Or is it anxiety? Not enough practice questions?

Hope u feel better soon

Thanks everyone, I am just feeling unsure of where to go from here. I am taking 4 days off from studing to clear my mind and have some peace for a moment. I really felt I did better this last go round. The 1st time I failed I was using Barkley's only. I added Leiks this second go around but mainly just answering the questions and reviewing a few topics. I had started doing the APEA questions but stopped and just focused on Leiks review questions. I took the AANP predictor test 2 days prior and passing was 66% and I scored 76%. My final testing score with Leiks was 80%. I am just lost at this point and not sure what to do. I went to 2 review courses prior to taking my first test. I can't wait to see my score to compare how if I am did better that the first test or not. I am almost wondering if I made the right decision going to NP school.

ChellyFutureNP

Has 8 years experience. Specializes in Primary Care, Progressive Care.

Thanks everyone, I am just feeling unsure of where to go from here. I am taking 4 days off from studing to clear my mind and have some peace for a moment. I really felt I did better this last go round. The 1st time I failed I was using Barkley's only. I added Leiks this second go around but mainly just answering the questions and reviewing a few topics. I had started doing the APEA questions but stopped and just focused on Leiks review questions. I took the AANP predictor test 2 days prior and passing was 66% and I scored 76%. My final testing score with Leiks was 80%. I am just lost at this point and not sure what to do. I went to 2 review courses prior to taking my first test. I can't wait to see my score to compare how if I am did better that the first test or not. I am almost wondering if I made the right decision going to NP school.

Not passing the test at this time is not a measure of whether your decision to go to NP school was right or wrong. That's why these exams could be taken a number of times because they know that failing the test could be related to multiple factors (comprehension, anxiety, test-taking skills, etc). You graduated from NP school whete u passed all the exams/presentations, papers, clinicals, OSPs, thesis, etc. You earned it! You wouldn't succeed if you were not gonna be a good NP.

I haven't taken the exam so cant really comment on what will help u to pass it. Which review courses did u take? Many people on this site took Fitzgerald or Hollier's review classes with good results. There are other tips from other NPs regarding the exam on this website, just search.

But yes, taking some time off to relax and de-stress is a good idea. Then go back to studying once you are ready. i believe you will pass as long as you are determined to succeed and devote time/effort in ur study. Good luck!

Thank you everyone for the comments and suggestions to help me. @ChellyfutureNP I really appreciate the things you stated because I was measuring/questioning myself as a NP because I failed twice. I did do well in school but this test because it determines if I can start a new career or not have made me anxious and nervous. In NP school we focused on one topic at a time and quickly moved on to the next, however I gues study so much from the fetus to the 100 year old patient with all the ends and outs including medications can be overwhelming and can quickly stress you out. I always was finding something new I didn't know while studying stressed me out as well. I thank you for your supportive comments. I am gonna keep pushing. Good luck to you with your studies and keep the postive attuide.

Gdschild im in the same boat as you. I just tested AANP for the 2nd time and failed it. I did the Fitzgerald review, took predictor tests from AANP, APEA, and just practices tests from the edge all had me in the pass range, not just barely in but passing and I failed again. This has just pissed me off, still waiting on the official results, but I just signed up for the ANCC exam. Keep your head up ive been feeling like you also, "should I even be doing this", but we got through school had to know our stuff for that so it helps some. Im getting the APEA review cd as the course I wanted to go is full, going to do a ton of questions with the rationals, get into the book and keep at it. Good luck remember we still have another test to do, maybe thats all we needed.

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