In Colorado, Pearson Vue administers the certified nursing aide, CNA, board exam. Any aspect of the written or the skills part can be looked up in the Pearson Vue exam handbook or at the Pearson Vue website, pearsonvue.com.
There is no such thing as an easy exam, but if you prepare for the exam and study it does make a difference. The skills portion of the exam to become a CNA is like any other exam. The more you know about the exam and the more you study for it will decrease the amount of anxiety on test day. Less anxiety translates into better chances of success.
Pearson Vue suggests that you not just watch the skills being performed but actually practice each skill to insure confidence in performing them. They suggest a person preparing for the exam uses a real person to help practice the skills. Substitute a doll or a pillow for a real person if a person can not be found.
On the day of the test look professional. Wear medical scrubs to the exam. Do not wear your old tired t-shirt or holy jeans to the exam.
The skills portion of the test is administered by an evaluator in a closed room. The evaluator grades you as you perform the skills. There may be another person posing as a patient in a bed. The first skill will always be hand washing. The other four skills Pearson Vue selects from over 25 skills listed in the handbook.
At the site of the skills test the evaluator will give you a brief on all the equipment in the room. The evaluator will show you where things are and how to work different pieces of gear, such as bed controls. After the evaluator has finished speaking there will be time for questions. Ask your questions at this time because you will not be able to ask questions once you start the skills exam. Remember everything to complete the exam is within the room.
The state of Colorado allows 25 minutes to complete each skill. Some evaluators will give you a written list of all five skills others will tell them to you orally. If you do not remember all of them just ask at the completion of each skill what the next one is. If you make a mistake during the skill tell the evaluator, “I made a mistake”. At that point the evaluator might make you go back to the mistake or may just have you tell them what the mistake was. This is the only time you will hear the evaluator speak.
The test allows you to correct just one mistake in each skill. The test also allows for some errors. It is not necessary to score a perfect score in each skill to pass. Only Pearson Vue knows how many errors a person can make and the types of errors allowed.