Taking The CNA Skills Test

The CNA skills test is the second portion of your certification exam. You need to pass this part of the test (as well as the first) in order to become a certified nursing assistant.  During your CNA training course you will have a great deal of skills training.  You will also have some hands on training during your clinical practicum.

Depending on the area where you are completing a CNA, certification test, the skills tests can vary a little.  For example, some tests will make you demonstrate only about 3 different nursing assistant skills, while others will make you demonstrate as many as six.  Some of the skills that you might be asked to demonstrate can vary too depending on the state in which you will be working as a nursing assistant.  There might be some duties in one state that do not fall under the duties of a nursing assistant in another.

Some CNA skills test will allow you to select the duties that you want to demonstrate for the person administering the test.  Other tests will not give you a choice.  You will be asked to complete random tasks as instructed by the testing individual.

There will be someone who will serve as the patient.  This allows you to show your skills before you enter into an actual live setting with patients.   You can be asked to complete simple skills or those that are more complex.  It is likely that you will have to show a combination of the two throughout your test.

You can be asked to demonstrate just about any skill that you will use as a certified nursing assistant.  You might be asked to demonstrate how you would feed a patient who is unable to eat on their own.  The instructor might ask you to show how you would take a patient’s vital signs for the beginning of your shift.  Your test administrator might ask you to show the proper way to reposition a patient in order to prevent bedsores. These are just a few of the skills you might be asked to model during your skills test for CNA certification.

Remember all aspects of a test when tasking.  For example, you must wash your hands before contact with each patient.  Regardless of what your skill is that you will be demonstrating you should show that you remember to wash your hands.  You cannot enter into a patient’s room (even if it is not actually a patient but merely the person helping you model your skills) without knocking on their door.

When you are preparing to take the CNA skills test, you should study all the material you covered during your training course.  If you have access to CNA training Classes demonstration videos, you should watch those and practice along before it is time to take your test.  Practice the skills that you will need to demonstrate with friends or family members to prepare you for testing under the pressure of being watched and graded.  Do not despair if you do not pass on your first attempt.  Just give it another go when you are able.

14 Responses to Taking The CNA Skills Test

  1. angie March 29, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    Where can I take a practice exam?

  2. kedir June 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    I failed the first skill test, and I am worried for the next test, please help me as long as you can. How, where I practice, my test is next week.

    • Admin June 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

      Hi Kedir, Follow on to this link: http://www.cnatips.com/videos/cna-training-videos.php it might help you to see videos of the skills to be able to perform them better.

    • louis maxime August 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      I would like to be a part of nursing ?

    • Julie October 27, 2012 at 5:35 am #

      I passed the written test, but failed the skills because I was so nervous!! The lady wasn’t very nice either. Just about ready to forget it!!

  3. badavis September 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    where can i veiw videos for the skills test have taken it and keep making simple mistakes i know i know this. but every time i take the test i freak out. can any body help me.off all the things in the world i fail the pause and i can do this in my sleep. i am going to take the skills test one more time.

    • Admin October 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

      We’re working on getting the videos up as soon as possible. cheers!

  4. Cory October 6, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    My test is tomorrow, im a bit nervous, but im gonna do my best.

    • Admin October 7, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

      Best of luck Cory! 🙂

    • Kalpana Sharma October 22, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

      my test is comening next week. im a too much nervouse . because i am asian i have no idia, i have no english what can i do please help me as soon as possibl ok.

      • Admin October 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

        Hi Kalpana,
        I’m sympathetic to the predicament you’re in at the moment. Unfortunately however since you will be working in an environment where all patients will be speaking english as their primary langauge, you will need to show you’re able to speak it properly. Perhaps you could have taken a TOEFL or English as a second language course prior to applying to become a CNA.

  5. maria August 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    my friend from brazilian cant express her words in english.she
    always says her english is bad. But she had A on her cna grades.
    She passed her CNA state in aug. 2, 2012.
    Both written and skills. Now she have a lots of ecouragements to go on nursing program.
    I will do my test on aug 16.

  6. Marlana Coleman April 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    I just took my written & skills test examination for CNA. My original licences had exspired, therefore had to take the written & skills test again. So today April 27, 2013 passed the written exam and the examiner failed me on skills test. Which I no I did everyting rite. This lady failed me on fingernail care on the hand and measure weight of client. The thing about this is, we do not suppose to have phones on or seen in the examination room. The examinee wasnt even paying attention to what me & my client was doin, plus she was sitting down behind us as I was doing my procedure. So I was trying to see who can I contact to complain about this. Its not fair at all, because I have to go through the whole training program before I get another chance to take the test. I got my licences in April 2001. Becaused I’m a laspsed candidate(my licences exspired). I felt that I was destriminated against.

  7. timmie September 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    This is for Marlana Colemen….Did you happen to take your skills test in North carolina?

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