“How many of you have felt personally victimized by the NP Boards?”Quote inspired by Mean Girls
There are two different exams that you can choose from to receive your Nurse Practitioner Licensure. You can also take both if you wish. When I started to look for my first NP jobs I looked at the job requirements to see which test the company preferred. All of the ones I had looked into did not prefer one over the other.
If you are not sure which one you should take, look into job listings in your area to see which certification they prefer.
I took the American Association of Nurse Practitioner’s (AANP) for Family Nurse Practitioners.
The test is:
- A computer-based exam
- Consists of 150 questions
- 15 of the questions are not-scored
- Length of time to complete the test is 3 hours
A complete breakdown of what covers the exam can be found at https://www.aanpcert.org/certs/fnp.
My experience of taking the AANP
As many of you know I always have had testing anxiety. Well, for the NP boards, I think I had the most testing anxiety I have ever had in my entire life. There were many different things I researched to help with my testing anxiety but of course when you are sitting there in front of a computer screen about to hit the box that says to start exam, you cannot have to feel your heart drop into your stomach.
For about the entire three hours my heart was in SVT. After a strenuous three hours of going through each question and reading every word carefully I saw my time running out and I wanted to be able to go back to review all the questions I had flagged. Out of 150 questions I think I had about 100 flagged. My nerves really did a number on me. I was questioning each answer I had chosen and instead of only flagging ones I really didn’t know, I flagged ones that I thought were the right answer but that I wanted to go back to review. (This is NOT something that I would recommend.)
Anyways, even through all that stress, I completed the exam and hit submit. I was nervous after hitting the submit button, waiting to see the pass or fail on the computer screen. When the screen finally loaded it went to the main screen. My thoughts were racing now! Did I fail? Did my answers save? Did my test submit?
With all this anxiety. I had completely forgot that I am supposed to received my results from the proctor outside. So as I stood up, trying not to pass out, I walked through the hall to the waiting room and sat there with my heart pounding. The proctors comes out with a serious face on and I just don’t even know what to think at this point.
I look at her, and then she turns her head to me, smiles, and puts two thumbs up. My heart stops and I want to just scream inside! I smile, grab my results, and run outside. I had legit chest pain after leaving the facility from how hard my heart was pounding over the last few hours…
I must have looked at my results for 10 minutes to make sure I was reading those words right. PASSED. That might be one of, if not, the best words in in the entire world. It is a hard feeling to explain but for all my future ANNP test takers, I know you will be able to have this same feeling when you pass your boards!
For those of you who took your boards… how did you feel during your exam??? I am sure many of us, including myself, are interested to know!