Prepare for the CCHT Examination
Before taking an examination you must prepare yourself intellectually, emotionally, and physically.
- Determine from the test blueprint the content of the examination.
- Find out which content areas have the most "weight", that is the highest number of questions.
- Review all the material that will be included on the test.
- Focus on areas with which you are least familiar.
- Take the Online Practice Exam
- Learning strategies -
- Attend a certification review course - check with your local chapter regarding upcoming opportunities or locations may be listed on the ANNA site
- Systematically review a nephrology reference
- Participate in a study group
- Spend a day with a colleague working in an area you need to learn about
- Listen to the directions given prior to the examination and follow them exactly.
- Caution: Test preparation websites offering alternative and/or shortcuts to test preparation should be avoided. Exam content is confidential and is not shared with any individuals involved in test preparation activities. "Tricks of testing" and "short cut methods for test preparation" are specifically avoided when creating this exam. We test candidates on content and not on their "test taking skills." If you have any questions about the best methods to prepare please call us at 888.884.6622. Our goal is that each exam candidate best use their time and money to reach the end result of demonstrating their excellence in Nephrology through certification.
- Moderate anxiety is normal and may be helpful - you may be more alert and open to learning; however too much anxiety is detrimental and will interfere with learning and test-taking.
- Study and prepare for the examination so that you feel confident.
- Think positively - you possess a wealth of experience and the examination will allow you to demonstrate that knowledge.
- Use anxiety-reducing strategies
- Relaxation response
- Guided imagery
- Don't become too concerned or worried if you aren't sure of the answers to some of the test questions. No one answers all the questions correctly.
- Don't become anxious or impatient if you see other test takers finish the exam early. Use as much of the allotted time as you need to think through and answer the questions.
- Get a good night's sleep
- Eat before the examination - those gray cells will have glucose available when you're answering questions
- Gather all the materials you need to take the test the night before the exam:
- Government-issued photo ID
- Nursing license
- Examination permit
- Sweater or jacket in case the room is cool
- Allow plenty of time to arrive early.
- If you are distracted by other candidates during the test or leaving to use the rest room, select a seat at the front of the room where you will be less likely to notice the other candidates.
Tips on Answering Examination Questions:
- Read the questions carefully and focus on key words in the question such as "first", "most likely", "most important", "best". These words are usually printed in boldface type to attract your attention.
- As you read the question, anticipate what the correct answer will be.
- Read each of the four choices carefully. Even if the first option sounds correct, read all options before choosing the answer.
- Do not "read into" the question. Answer the question based only on the information presented, even if you think the answer is too obvious or too easy.
- Do not be afraid to change an answer. Research has shown that more often than not, test takers change answers to the correct one.
- Do not spend too much time on any one question. Make a note of the questions of which you are uncertain and return to them later if you have time.
- If you are unsure about one of the content areas, you may find it helpful to complete the other areas first and leave the problem area for last.