How to Prepare for the CRNA National Certifying Exam

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Some of my friends became nurse anesthetists and they make a bundle of money every year without the added pressure of working as a medical doctor. You know me, I like to plan ahead when it comes to the education of my children. I found out there are things to be done in high school if you plan on this career.

The National Certifying Exam is one of the most important exams to take when you are trying to become a Registered Nurse Anesthetist. As a student, there are a few important preparations to make before taking the test.

1. Start as Early as Possible

There are a lot of exam materials to cover when you’re studying for the National Certifying Exam. Whether you are taking the test for the first time or you’re doing a CRNA recertification, getting started as early as possible is a must. Continue reading »

By starting early, you can allocate a small portion of your time every day to studying. You will still have enough time to cover the exam materials without having to do multiple all-nighters or drop everything else you’re doing to prepare for the exam.

Starting early also means you can take the mock-up tests several times. That brings us to the next tip we are going to discuss.


2. Take Advantage of Mock Tests

There are a lot of online courses that will help you prepare for the certification exam. There are also a lot of resources, including mock tests, that will help you prepare better for the test. Courses from Valley Anesthesia are among the best ones to try.

Mock tests are easy to find. You can take multiple mock tests and improve your score gradually. After every test, identify the sections you’re still struggling with and study more on the related subjects. You can improve your score much more effectively this way.

More importantly, completing mock tests will also help you prepare for the actual test mentally. Again, that brings us to the next point of preparation to make.


3. Prepare Yourself Mentally

A lot of student nurses don’t pass their certification exams, not because they are not good nurses, but because they didn’t prepare mentally. The test itself can be very daunting, which is why you need to be in the right mind-set when entering the exam.

The day before the exam, don’t push yourself to study hard. In fact, it is best that you stop studying and spend the time relaxing instead. You can spend the day exploring a nearby park or relaxing in front of the TV.

The night before the test, make sure everything you need for the exam is packed in your bag. Don’t wait until the morning; pack everything the night before so you can relax as you wake up on exam day.

Last but certainly not least, get enough sleep. Allow yourself at least 6 hours, 8 if you can. You will feel so much better – and so much more prepared for the test – when you wake up in the morning. You may even enjoy the trip to the exam location. This last tip – along with the previous ones we talked about – will help you ace your National Certification Exam without hassle.