Ancc adult psychiatric np exam - page 2

hi, i just joined i took the psychiatric adult np exam with ancc... didn't pass the first time. i took the barkleys review course and it didn't help at all! i reviewed the course... Read More

  1. by   ralph41
    Dear RNalby,

    Thank you soooo! much!, your words are very inspirational and I thank you for taking the time to read my comment. I agree with the case management questions... what the heck for? it's nothing we're going to be doing much of and these issues should be addressed to the case managers anyway! The other thing that sucks is that I can't take the exam until around April. ANCC only lets you take this exam 3 x per year...WOW! I mean really? it shouldn't matter how many times one takes it. From a business perspective, it's more money in their pocket, right? Well. I'll let you know how I do. I am going to pass it this time
  2. by   ralph41

    I totally understand you're concern. Hope you do better the next time. Talking with the ANCC really gets you nowhere! their review classes didn't help.
  3. by   madeinheaven

    Yes, I also failed the Pysch NP exam 3 times. Recently getting a 347 and then I got in a car accident afterwards! I also took the Adult Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Exam 3 times and getting a 347 as well 2 times (my program you could sit for either exam). I graduated with a post-masters certificate in May of 2011 and it is embarrassing and humiliating. I bought the Barkley CD's, they are in California and rarely have a course here on the east coast.
    Also, last May I went to Fitgerald's review course for 2 days for Psychiatric NP, which did help me and improved my score on the NP to 347 (from 330's).
    I really don't know what to do now. Do I just give up? I did 640 clinical hours and was working throughout my program. The program nearly killed me physically. My downfall is that I have no psych RN experience although I have been a RN in critical care and various med/surg areas for 20years. I think the test is difficult and I had the same experience where as I could eliminate 2 answers, but then had difficulty choosing from the remaining 2 answers. I almost think that I need to hire a tutor, but don't know where I would even get someone. I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone with this. I think the test does not test your ability, I graduated with A's and B+'s in my program and in Graduate school. Some people do not test well. If you find anything else that helps, let me know.
  4. by   harmonizer
    Quote from madeinheaven
    I think the test does not test your ability, I graduated with A's and B+'s in my program and in Graduate school. Some people do not test well. If you find anything else that helps, let me know.
    Don't feel bad about it at all. I passed the 1st time but I have to say that the test is horrible. The test needs to have more hardcore black-and-white neurobiological, diagnostic, and psych meds question. It helped me very little in real practice. The questions are vaguely worded. I don't have much suggestion other than doing the practice test and reading the review & resource manual front to back. Failing this test is not big deal. I have few classmates that failed the test. Just keep taking again and again, you will pass eventually.
  5. by   madeinheaven
    Thanks for the encouragement, that's one thing I didn't do was read the resource manual that much (I have it however). So I will try to do that. I was telling my husband that going back to school was a big waste of time, but he said not to say that. It's just hard to swallow the failure with this test, I am not suprised that you said it doesn't really help in real practice.
    Thank You!
  6. by   NPAlby
    Keep trying folks! Like I said before that test was a load of crap. I had 7yrs psych nursing experiencing, did well in school, got the review book and none of that had anything to do with that stupid @#$ test!!! They probablly make it goofy so you can fail and they can make more money.
  7. by   madeinheaven
    Thanks for the encouragement. I just signed up to do another review course in May. I have to sign up to take this test again, just needed some time to regroup. I am hoping that eventually I will pass. The last time my score was much better 347, but need 350 to pass. I will keep my fingers crossed.
  8. by   Chaoticdreams33
    Now I am scared!! My friends who have recently taken it have said that it was vague and very general, but they all passed. It seems that the new test that comes out this summer is more clinically focused and almost makes me want to wait until then to take it after reading these comments!
  9. by   Ellen NP
    I would assume that you have been well prepared for the current test in your program. I would take it as soon as possible. I took it in 2007 and passed easily. My program prepared us well and our courseexams reflected the format of the board exam at that time.
  10. by   Chaoticdreams33
    Ellen NP, thanks for your reply. I feel semi-confident that my program and my experience have prepared me well enough. But then I get worried that I am too confident and that I will fail! Haha. I hope to take the exam the first week of June, if my school sends the forms on time!
  11. by   resilientnurse
    Hello there,

    Just curious . . . did you finally pass?

  12. by   Ashbyi
    Dear Ralph 41. I saw your post and was hoping to ask you some questions and anyone who may help. Please send answers to I just completed my MSN and am waiting to take my psych NP certification board with ANCC. I get test anxiety really bad. I am trying to find a site that has questions like the ones on the ANCC test. Does anyone know if they are out there?
  13. by   Ashbyi
    Ellen, I purchased two sets of tests from ANCC to practice my psych NP certification test. Do you think the questions from the ANCC purchased are the same ones on the boards? My email is