Practice Tests for the CNA Examination

Just like any other career that requires a passing of a certification examination, certified nursing assistants are required to pass the NNAAP examination in order to become certified. While the exact elements and topics covered within the examination will vary by state, all states require successful completion of a two part exam. This exam consists of a written and clinical/hands-on portion. If you’re interested in preparing for this examination, the first step is to obtain a copy of the Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook distributed by your State Board of Nursing. The next step is to prepare for the actual examination by completing practice examinations. In order to ensure your preparation is as effective as possible, only choose a practice examination that covers the following topics.

NNAAP Practice Exam Content

The written portion of the CNA examination (NNAAP) generally consists of 70 multiple-choice questions. However, the exact length of the exam can vary from state-to-state. Regardless, all examinations utilize the multiple choice method of answering questions. Therefore, it’s essential that your practice examination be laid out in a similar manner.

Along with being a multiple-choice exam, most states feature three primary categories within the exam according to When searching for the best practice examination, make sure that it features the following topics and topic sub-categories.

  • Psychosocial Care – One of the primary functions of a certified nursing assistant revolves around caring for the emotional and mental health of patients. Within the practice test, make sure that it covers the following psychosocial elements:
    Mental health needs of patients
    Emotional health needs of patients
    Techniques when dealing with the mental well-being of patients
    Spiritual needs of patients
    Cultural needs of patients
  • Physical Patient Care – Along with caring for the emotional, spiritual and cultural well-being of patients, certified nursing assistants must also care for the physical health of patients. The NNAAP examination generally covers three primary categories with several relatable sub-categories.
    Daily Living Care
    Hygiene Care
    Dressing and grooming patient care
    Patient nutrition and hydration requirements
    Safe waste elimination techniques
    Caring for patient rest/comfort/sleep
    Nursing Skills
    Infection control techniques
    Therapeutic techniques
    Technical techniques/procedures
    Data collection techniques
    Effective reporting techniques
    Patient health and emergency care
    Restorative Skills
    Prevention techniques and procedures
    Self-care procedures
    Promoting patient independence
  • Role of Certified Nursing Assistants – The last topic covered within the NNAAP examination involves the role of CNAs within the nursing process. This section tends to deal with the ethical and legal requirements of CNAs. Make sure your practice exams feature the following information:
    Client Rights
    Communication Skills and Techniques
    The Role of CNAs in the medical team
    Legal requirements/behavior
    Ethical requirements/behavior

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