Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Exam
The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Exam is computer-based, and consists of a total of 150 questions. Of the 150 questions, 135 items are scored. The exam is 3 hours in length.
Examinees who have conditions covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can request special accommodations, such as extended testing time and additional breaks.
What domains, knowledge areas, and procedures are covered on this exam?
The questions on this exam focus on two domains, practice and patient age ranges.
For the Practice Domain:
- 33% of the questions are on the ability to assess
- 25% of the questions are on the ability to diagnose
- 24% of the questions are on the ability to plan
- 18% of the questions are on the ability to evaluate
For the Patient Domain:
- 2% of the questions are on patients in early and late adolescence
- 13% of the questions are on patients who are young adults
- 30% of the questions are on patients who are adults
- 38% of the questions are on patients who are older adults
- 17% of the questions are on patients who are elderly
Some of the knowledge areas of these questions include health promotion, disease prevention, therapeutic communication, clinical decision-making, differential diagnosis, pharmacologic therapies, community resources, legal and ethical issues, principles of risk management, and pain management.
Some of the procedures addressed in these questions include skin lesion removal, wound management, incision and drainage, splinting, pulmonary function testing and office spirometry, long-term hormonal implantation, and suturing.
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Practice Test
What is the most convenient way to register for this exam?
Online registration is the most convenient way. You can pay using a major credit card or personal check. If you do not have access to online registration, you can do so via a paper application, which incurs an additional fee. Processing time is typically 2-4 weeks.
What is the cost of the exam?
If you submitted your registration online and you are an AANP member, your first attempt at the Adult-Gerontology Primary care Nurse Practitioner Exam is $240. If you registered online, but are not a member of AANP, you will pay $315. If you registered using a paper application and you are an AANP member, your cost is $290. Registering via a paper application and not being an AANP member, will result in the cost of $365.
What are the testing dates and locations?
Once your registration has been approved, you will receive an email stating that your 120-day testing window is open, and that you can schedule your exam.
Testing is continuously offered at various sites in the United States and Canada.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Arrive at the testing center on time. Being late will prevent you from taking the exam as scheduled.
Be sure to bring two valid, non-expired forms of identification with you. Your primary form of identification must include your name, signature, and photo. A passport and driver’s license can be used as forms of primary ID.
The second form of identification must have your name and signature. A credit card or social security card can be used as a secondary form of ID.
Personal items such as food/drink, brief case, cell phone, and coat are not allowed in the testing area.
What happens after I take the exam?
You will receive an unofficial report at the testing center that tells you if you have passed or failed the exam. If you pass the exam, within two weeks of your score being released, you will receive your official score report, as well as your certificate, wallet card, and lapel pin.
What is the minimum passing score?
What happens if I do not pass the exam?
You are permitted to take the exam up to two times in a calendar year.
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