Passing Your CNA Test

You must take and pass a CNA certification test before you can become a certified nursing assistant and work as an important part of the health care team.  You will not be able to take the certification test until you complete a CNA training program.  A good quality program (such as one though the American Red Cross) should prepare you will for the CNA certification test.
There is various CNA test information that you should know.  The test will consist of two parts.  The first part that you complete will be the written portion.  This section will have multiple-choice questions covering materials you learned during the course.  If you paid attention during lectures and studied all your textbooks and handouts, you should be well prepared for this test. To maximize your chances of passing the written portion of your exam, make sure you review our free CNA study guide.

A second part of the CNA test is referred to as the skills portion.  As the term implies, you will demonstrate a variety of nursing assistant skills.  Most tests will require you to demonstrate about five different CNA skills from start to finish.  For example, if you are asked to reposition a patient in their bed, you will need to show everything you do to complete this task.
It is about more than the specific skill.  For instance, you must remember to always knock on a patient’s door and announce yourself before entering their room.  The instructor will watch to see if you pull closed a patient’s privacy curtain and if you put up their safety rails.  If you forget a step during your exam, you should stop and ask to go back and complete that step so that the person administering the rest knows that you know what you are doing.

You will not receive your certification if you fail one or both parts of the certification exam.  Instead, you will need to take the test again at a later date.  You will have another opportunity to take the test.  You will usually need to wait a few months before you are able to take the test again. Sometimes you will need to take some training again if you do not pass the exam on the second try.  But after that, it is usually possible to try taking the test again.

When you complete your CNA certification course, your instructor can help you to schedule your certification exam.  You will receive the date and time of your test as well as any pertinent instructions.   Make certain to arrive at your exam on time (if not early).  You might be required to take proper identification with you to your exam as well as the notice stating you are eligible for your exam and have completed all necessary requirements prior to the exam.

If your cna certification test is not being held at a healthcare facility, you might be asked to bring someone with you to serve as your sample patient for the skills portion of the exam.  Make certain to have everything with you that you need before arriving for the certification exam.

7 Responses to Passing Your CNA Test

  1. Mike November 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    How many credits are needed to take the test? Is it possible to take the test with around 75? Or do you need a high-school diploma, and the credits don’t matter at all?

    • Admin March 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

      Having a GED or a high school diploma is sometimes required by training centers. It is however not a must. If I recall correctly, Red Cross centers do not require either.

  2. Mrs. Ramos October 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    I’m an RN in the Philippines and is interested in taking up CNA training as a start before challenging the NCLEX RN. I would like to ask if there’s any chance for me not to take the training already because I’ve taken the Fundamentals of Nursing already when I was still in Nursing school? If yes, what are the documents needed and forms to be filled out.. Thank you!

  3. sandra May 13, 2013 at 5:02 am #

    I have completed and passed my cna training class, I am moving to another state, Can I take the state boards in the state that I’m moving to?

    • Admin May 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      You could but its a very lengthy process to get the required approval. You’d be best advised to do the test in the same state and then apply to transfer your license to another state.

  4. Chelsea Kelly October 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    Can I become a cna in South Carolina if I already have 2 semesters of nursing school completed without taking a training class? I need more information on how to begin this process and maybe a number of who I could call to receive more info about this

  5. Deb October 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    If I miss passing the class and the exam both by 1 point will I have to take the class over?

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