And that you’re not going to give up until you PASSED and you will! What happens if I fail the exam? I failed my AANP twice and I am just devastated. I finally decided to schedule my exam the week before Halloween. I hope you are still watching this page. Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board. I found it difficult to study for and I prayed my way through most of that test. Q: What is the difference between Contact Hours, CMEs, and CEUs? YOU GOT THIS!! The American Nurse Credentialing Center NP certification exam boasts an 86.2% pass rate for the FNP exam and a 79% pass rate for the AGPCNP exam, as of 2018 data. Also, please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any study tips. The ANCC FNP exam takes about 4 hours, If you fail the ANCC, you can retest within 60 days but you cannot take the test more than three times in twelve months. With all of these distractions, it's surprising more people don't fall a … 12 Posts. Her review book she sent home was concise and to the point. Thank you again!! 1 Article   I took the AANP exam twice and did not pass, I had taken 2 different review courses prior. If you do not pass a certification exam, you may retest after 60 days. Got shepherd air and passed with a 92 next time. I was too stressed from school and having poorly controlled blood sugars and being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I did not take the boards right away. I should also mention I have major test anxiety and always got time and a half as an undergrad because that is how debilitating my anxiety was and still is. Does anyone know if you get a second attempt to take the AANP exam for free or if it costs money all over again? APEA QBank questions were very thorough, but it helped me focus on my weak area which is assessment and management. She went to school from 8-5. APEA predictor exam was also good study tool as it tells me in detail what I should review on.. I am going to take ANCC exam in 7 weeks. Specializes in Corrections, Public Health, Occupational Medicine. See the APEA blog for a post that contains information about test differences. Well, I actually hadn’t really failed any major exams like the HESIS or NCLEX-RN before this experience, but like everything else, it served to humble me and convince me (yet a again) that I really, really wanted to become a Nurse Practitioner, and to stay focus on the larger goal. when I first took the exam, I studied Maria Leik FNP review book, downloaded the app and did 700 questions.. and I also studied the FNP mastery. but none are better than yours. If you fail the first attempt, you have to take 15 cr. Its motivational and helps. I've done everything: Fitzgerald, APEA, Exam Edge, bought practice exams from both certification bodies. All the self doubt, all the negativity, and the constant self blame! Areas of nursing practice that will be evaluated during the exam include: Assessment. Also has questions for each chapter and section. I just wanted to share my experiences with the entire process of actually finally being able to pass my boards. I also purchased the FNP mastery questions and reviewed those questions on my phone. Maybe it was because I had been out of school for so long, maybe that's why I wasn't learning so well? Congrats to you! I can't say thank you enough!! As soon as I got my certification number, I actually emailed a free clinic to see if I can get some shadowing time. NP Student, highly wanting to do med school. This time by 7 points. I probably had about 10 questions I felt iffy about. I did not go back to listen to Amelie's APEA but revised her notes. The predicter was harder then the actual test. After writing all of the answer and rationales down to all of the questions I got wrong, I started creating charts and ways to memorize certain body parts or guidelines, STD's, vaccine requirements, TB, cancers, treatments and antibiotics and vocabulary. It was $75/session. I liked it so much I also bought the patho & prescribing, well it was a definitely overkill but you see at the time I have no self confidence so I kept buying more things. The AANP certification passing score is 500. I HAVE to pass within 60 days of hire or I will be terminated. Congrats and glad you can finally breath and rest and enjoy the precious time with your family now. Also, while I was working as a nurse, I did a lot of head to toe assessments on my unit for practice and also bc it's part of the job. It took me about 2 days to finish each chapter in Leik's book. NP Student, highly wanting to do med school. Jay Willis. I also decided to spend a little more time on pharmacology, drug side effects and interactions. I was about 36 weeks pregnant and determined to pass this gosh darn exam before this baby was born. I looked at areas of weakness and focused on that. A: When entering your continuing education (CE) certificates into the log, you will be asked to enter the total number of contact hours for each educational program.A CME (continuing medical education) = 1 contact hour. I made a study sheet with some nmemonics for CN's, and made some charts on stuff I didn't understand (CN, asthma, COPD, htn, ect.). I failed my FIA (flight instructor airplane) test my first try, honestly just didn't prepare for it and was taking a lot of courses that semester. I thought for sure I was prepared the 2nd time, and I know how devastating it feels, and how dumb it makes you feel. I studied everyday for 5-8 hours a day. I went in and got my time and a half but failed again. ! How do you feel about potentially entering practice now, having been away from your NP preparation for so long? Our mission is to Empower, Unite, and Advance every nurse, student, and educator. Yes I had quite the busy schedule. I wanted to give an update. I didn't fully start to immerse myself into studying and focusing until a couple of weeks after my daughter was born. I have no idea how to pick up the pieces. I listened to her maybe once and read the notes 2-3 times reviewing it. All of the CEU's were free and offered by the AANP. Congratulations for your huge achievement! Prof Larsen is very patient and does guide you in the right direction. Luckily my CEU's were done. By using the site you agree to our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies. Third time is a charm, right? The first time I failed by 4 questions (based on calculations). Congratulations! I still had my exam edge questions (the 10 I had previously purchased, bc u can take them 3 times). It listed the Signs symptoms, Treatment, and the difference between each other. Good luck! The last 2 weeks before the exam I did 150 questions x2 times throughout the day through QBank questions and reviewed all the questions in Kaplan book,  APEA book, and reread all the materials in the Maria Leik review folders. Does anyone have any information on getting beyond test anxiety?? ANCC: If you fail the exam, you can retake the test 60 days after your last testing date; however, in case you don’t get lucky on the 3rd time, you can’t take the exam after 12 months. So I really found exam edge helpful toward my study. I know how devastated it feels walking out the test center knowing you fail... but failure does not define who you are as a person or how far you have accomplished to get here! First and foremost, I understand that everyone's situation is different and that we all don't learn/study the same way. I decided to give myself a little bit of a break but continue to read casually. Do you feellike you will need to take a refresher course or do some shadowing time? I reviewed those index cards (prob well over 100), made a cheat sheet that was prob one page written front and back and did all of Leik's questions (725). I also didn't pass my NCLEX until second time around. I did 100 questions a day on and off for 2 months on my phone. However, it was just too much information at this point. What a load has been lifted off my shoulders. I have been beside myself on how to go about studying again since I had done so much additional studying after the first time I failed. They take PA, DO and MD students. I have failed the AANP twice and ancc once. My last AANP attempt was yesterday. The AANP Certification Program (AANPCP) offers a three-hour examination with 150 questions. I believe GOD has a plan for me. But I know the feeling all too well. It took me about 3-4 weeks to listen to all the CEU's and take the test that was required. I completed my FNP program in December when I was about 33 weeks pregnant. I have failed AANP twice. I probably maybe spent an hour or so reviewing materials and doing practice questions on the FNP mastery app and the Leik's book. I didn't read Leik's Book and just used it for her practice question. Like I said earlier APEA questions bank and the actual book was really helpful. Good luck!! She used exam edge as one of her study tools! This article covers two easy strategies to help increase your ANPP and ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam scores. They take PA, DO and MD students. I also reviewed the 2 PSI's I purchased the night before. AANP: Exam results are given in a pass/ fail format immediately upon completion of the test. I had my baby and June, started going through post partum depression again and on top of that I had a toddler at home who wasn't going to let me accomplish anything. I also bought exam edge as well and currently studying that.. Thank you very much for all the information you posted. Don’t do that! Someone mentioned that Amelie's APEA certification questions (3rd edition) was excellent. Our members represent more than 60 professional nursing specialties. I did purchase a PSI practice exam which I scored terrible on (50's). I scored 67, putting me at risk. I also bought an hour session tutorial with Prepping For FNP Certification. I then reviewed the first exam I had purchased from PSI for the first time I took the exam. Also cooking and cleaning LOL. I'm still not sure if this was the right decision to make. It's so easy to memorize the answers. I sent in my re-take paperwork in August. I did not get a good night's rest the night of the exam because my daughter still nurses every 3-4 hours and my toddler now has night terrors. Rationale were also very detailed explaining why one answer was superior to another. I failed the AANP twice (second time yesterday) and I am devastated. I wish I can say the same for myself. 1-612-816-8773. Believe in yourself! I stopped reading and studying all together for 3 weeks and then restarted everything. Asked my husband to take the day off. I used the "marked" button but only marked 2. I had my daughter in June and decided to start studying again. I did a live review with a duo on FB (Penny & Ruphy), Leik book, Walden crash course, Sarah Boes review and Hollier videos. The first time I failed by 4 questions (based on calculations). Sorry if this reply was so long, but I wanted to give you a detailed explanation of my study tools so you can Pass jus like me! The others were either straight forward, or I used process of elimination. In fact I got a lot of questions that were either similar to Liek's or questions I remember from the second time I took the exam. Specializes in OB/Gyn, FP, Peds, Public Health. These are good resources however, it didn’t help me see the big picture. if you fail twice within 1 year, you are banned from taking the test again :(I just took the FNP Certification Exam through AANP and passed using Leik as my primary source and the Barkley Review as a secondary source. A great … I failed AANP twice, with a score of 487 and then second time 493/ passing is 500. As of September 22, 2020 I am a board certified nurse practitioner! Now, I purchased Leik for my Kindle. I took pix of the notes so I can read them in bed or while nursing my daughter. I Failed the Bar Exam Twice (or Three Times or Four Times) If you failed the bar exam twice, three times, four times, or more, believe me, you are not alone! I repurchased the one I bought first time around and got an 88. I just studied randomly all day through my phone and take breaks when I’m done with one section or what not. Hi there, I’ve been wanting to respond to your post since you posted but I was getting ready for exam. Feeling lonely, still having postpartum depression and living in a city that I was still new to, I continued to feel isolated but wanted to desperately move on with my career and "be someone" that I could be proud of. I know I have to keep moving on. There are no True/False or fill-in-the-blank questions. A: Candidates who fail the exam are provided the opportunity to retest, must meet eligibility requirements, pay the required application fees, and complete additional educational preparation. Contact Us. I felt so terribly disappointed in myself I just did not know what to do. My recommendations would be to get a review course (either Maria Leik or APEA) it can either be live or audio. I read through it all. I got dizzy reading everything you did! In fact first go round I don't remember doing any practice questions. It was great, but I really don’t want to have to ride it again. And you will! To retake the examination, you must complete a minimum of 15 contact hours of advanced practice nursing continuing education that relates to the relative area of weakness in the practice domains as indicated … Specializes in ICU; Telephone Triage Nurse. I made myself a kind of study schedule. I did not do as many practice questions as I should have. The AANP Exam. Thanks for the information. Exam Edge - I learned it from another passing student. The ANCC exams for FNP and AGNP candidates sometimes contain alternate question types. I do hope that you get some good shadowing time in, and ultimately, look for a job with excellent clinical mentors (be they NPs or PAs or MDs) that are readily available for you and will make a supportive transition. Although I memorized all of them, I still had crazy anxiety. I read the first chapter on exam tips. I was about 36 weeks pregnant and determined to pass this gosh darn exam before this baby was born. But I mostly studied on my phone through APEA QBank Questions and exam edge. I read Leik's book again and did her practice questions again. I did a live review with a duo on FB (Penny & Ruphy), Leik book, Walden crash course, Sarah Boes review and Hollier videos. It’s an amazing opportunity. Diagnosis. Well, I feel your pain. By using the site you agree to our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies. The night before the exam I read over any topics I was not sure of. Scheduled my AANP exam and took my live review course to prepare July 7 and 8th. Taking a certification exam is one of the most challenging and stress-filled activities you'll undertake. • Have not taken the exam twice within one year. This is the option that we recommend for most of our students. I am starting to study again for my third try. I recently took AANP at the end of December for the second time and failed. I am so ecstatic about finally moving on with my career and focusing on my health and happiness with my family. I didn't even write down feeding and bathing and playing with my kids in between. I wanted to wait till after my exam to see how I did so I can give you my study tools and habits . I printed them all out and organized them. As soon as I got my certification number, I actually emailed a free clinic to see if I can get some shadowing time. Specializes in FNP. Which is exactly what I did. I have taken the CPC exam twice and failed twice. either way this was a good resource to use on my phone daily and I get to reset and retake the exam as many as 4 times. To critical think about each choices of the answer  and why it is the correct answer. I'm more than happy to help! So here the second time around. I failed AANP two months ago and just took the leik review to prepare myself again.. and I have to say I’m super Nervous and so doubtful to sit on the exam again... I’m not sure when I’ll be ready... because I’m terrified of failing again... so here I am browsing around looking for more ways to help myself prepare. I didn’t actually sit down and study until night time when my kids are asleep. This is what I did. Which made it easier to understand and remember. Four days before the exam I copied my notes for each system. Professor Larsen is very patient and does guide you in the right direction. I don't know where I went wrong. .. Don’t be like me because I end up didn’t finished all the study questions And it was a waste. 1. Your post has now encouraged me to get back up and try again (with some of your tips) and also try to get a note from my Dr. I took the exam July 18th and passed first time!! I did all of the practice questions and tests that I had access to (around 4000 questions). I felt like those kind of questions were unnecessary and didn’t gear toward AANP questions. One thing I did do was write down key words from the questions on my scratch paper to help me identify the stem of the questions. I bought 10 exam edge practice exams and scored 450-480 on them first try. I understand the agony of the setback. Congratulations! I will sit for the ancc again next month. I scheduled my exam for 0830, wrote out directions for my husband on what to do for our girls. Here are my thoughts on all these. The patho was good to make sure I understood each disease it and how I relate to the each system. I failed the AANP twice (second time yesterday) and I am devastated. I listened to some relaxing music and got there at 0745. With Amelie's book, I did every single question in there except for the adult Geri practice exams. I choose to take the ANCC FNP exam over the AANP exam because I wanted more of a challenge. How many questions are on the AANP- FNP? Well done, congrats to you and your family! Oh I forgot to mention that I found out I was also 12 weeks pregnant second time a few weeks before the exam and I was so exhausted from work, taking care of a toddler that there was no way I could study for the exam. Get the predicter exam when you feel ready, and get Leik's book. ANCC: If you fail the ANCC FNP exam you will have the ability to retake the test after 60 days of the last testing date; however, you cannot take the exam more than three times in any 12 month period. I bought 10 exam edge practice exams and scored 450-480 on them first try. I just passed my AANP exam, it was pretty much what I expected. I would flip to back to the chapter and read about it. I also did APEAs live review, which was good and helpful however I'm not sure if it was worth the price tag. Nevertheless, I took those questions I got wrong and looked up information on it. I should be getting my scores in the next week or two and can update this post then. This time I tried my best not to memorize the answers. Now that you have failed your exam twice you have two options to continue: Option 1 Prepare for and take the exam a third time. To retest, candidates must meet eligibility requirements in effect when the retest application is submitted. The AANP-FNP consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. Her review is amazing but it just gets so boring as she just reads out everything in her book. And all the ones I stumble on when I came home to look up the answers, I had them right. Thank you all for your prayers and responses. I read her book a total of 3 times and did her study questions a total of 4-5 times. It was my first time! I trolled these forums again. I finally scheduled my exam and failed it with a disappointing but not surprising score of 358. Overall I think this is the best study tool. I did Amelie's questions a total of 3 times. But you CAN and you WILL do it! I decided that I would study during my maternity leave. There is a wide variety of exam pre courses, books, test bank questions, etc. I am working with Prepping for NP Certification, LTD now. Instead I would write down why I got it wrong or why it was the right answer. Two months before scheduling my exam I bought another PSI and scored 75. Good luck! Our members represent more than 60 professional nursing specialties. allnurses is a Nursing Career, Support, and News Site. Specially for the ones that have test anxiety and cant seem to pass a darn test if their life depends on it. Sorry for all the typos and the extremely long post! Has 10 years experience. I decided to buy Liek's review book because apparently that was the book to use. Thank you for asking this. My weak areas were assessment and diagnose. If you have not done so already, you will need to register with this site to establish a user account for Certification. The AANP-FNP exam is scored on a range of 200 to 800. There was some information that I just did not know. She kind of told me what I needed to know for the exam and shot some questions at me. What a ride. I would fully commit to reading every chapter in that book. In cases where the test is failed, a score report will be sent including information regarding performance on each content area of the test. I too also failed the AANP last May. Brandi Tadlock is a big help to new coders working on getting their medical coding certification.. With her permission here is a copy of a reply she made to a someone struggling to pass the CPC exam that received rave reviews. You will have a bit of a uphill battle with your job search and your role transition from RN to NP, so be prepared and hang in there. I have no idea how to pick up the pieces. I felt confident. I understand this struggle too well now. Thank you so much for this post. She didn't give me real pointers but helped me realize what I should focus on. I say take a break for 2 -3 weeks away from all the studying... relax, pamper yourself.. indulge in hobbies you like to do or spend time with your family member. I am beyond sick of looking at questions and reading the books. Words like "except", "ALL but which", to make sure I would not choose the wrong questions. Thank you. Also explained to me some things I needed differentiating on (different anemias). Planning. Address: AANPCB Capital Station, LBJ Building P.O. I'm not sure. Other than that I tried to stay up to date with all of my skills. Third time around I did not use the FNP mastery app at all although some of my notes already contained info from the app. Since 1997, allnurses is trusted by nurses around the globe. Since 1997, allnurses is trusted by nurses around the globe. It took me a month to finish Leik's book. AANP: If you fail the AANP FNP exam then you must complete 15 hours of continuing education credit in the area or areas of weakness identified on the score report. I took the Hollier live review, which I loved, but obviously I have missed something. After failing the first time, I decided to do my research and look up exactly what I needed to do to retake this exam. I scored a 453. 1-612-816-8773. I Also decided to Start from scratch with studying. Your post has solidified my resolve to get my NP. My husband then got a job in California, so we relocated there that Summer and it took about 5 months to get my license endorsed.