CCRN Adult Practice Test
The Adult Critical Care Nurses Certification is a way for nurses to provide tangible proof of their skill and expertise in caring for acutely/critically ill adult patients. In preparing for the test and the renewals every three years, you will maintain the most up-to-date knowledge about best practices in this important field of care.
How Can I Register for the CCRN Exam?
The exam is only available to those who meet certain eligibility criteria. So you will first have to verify that you meet those criteria. Then, once you’ve received an approval-to-test email, you can schedule your exam and pay the $340 exam fee ($235 for members of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses).
Eligible candidates include those who:
- Are currently licensed as an RN or APRN in the United States, AND;
- Have spent 1,750 hours in direct care of critically ill adult patients within the last two years, OR;
- Have spent 2,000 hours in direct care of critically ill adult patients within the last five years.
What Should I Expect on the Day of the Test?
The exam is computer-based and timed. You will have three hours to answer 150 questions. 125 questions are scored while 25 are unscored. The unscored questions won’t be marked, however, so you should do your best to answer correctly on all 150 questions.
On the day of the test, you shouldn’t bring anything except your valid, photo ID in order to check in. You will not be allowed to eat or drink on the premises and you will not be allowed to bring any personal items into the exam room.
Taking breaks on your own is allowed, however, the clock won’t be stopped on the test so it’s best to keep breaks to a minimum or avoid them altogether. Here are a few test day tips to help you avoid the need for breaks:
- Get a good night’s rest and wake up early enough to eat a full breakfast so that you won’t be hungry during the exam.
- Bring a light sweater or jacket that you can put on or take off as needed during the test.
- Arrive 15-30 minutes early to check in and get acclimated to the environment.
Which Subjects Will Be Covered?
The CCRN is a highly-focused, practice-based exam that intends to measure your expertise and skill in successfully performing all aspects of a critical care nurse’s job. So it’s broken down into two main sections: clinical judgement and professional care/ethical practice. Those sections are further broken down into the following content areas:
- Clinical Judgement (80% of questions)
- 18% cardiovascular
- 17% pulmonary
- 20% endocrine/hematology/gastrointestinal/renal/integumentary
- 13% Musculoskeletal/neurology/psychosocial
- 14% Multisystem
- Professional Care and Ethical Practice (20% of questions)
- Advocacy/moral agency
- Caring practices
- Response to diversity
- Facilitation of learning
- Systems thinking
Clinical inquiry When Will I Find Out If I Passed?
The current minimum cutoff score is 87. That is, you must answer at least 87 out of the 125 scored questions correctly in order to pass and receive certification. You will get your score report immediately after taking the test.
Bear in mind that only 79% of candidates pass the test on their first attempt—meaning there’s a 21% chance you won’t pass the first time around. Avoid paying for retakes by scheduling your exam so that you have at least 4-8 weeks to prepare.
How Should I Study for the CCRN Exam?
The AACN provides an exam handbook that contains an extensive list of the references that were used in the creation of the exam questions. In lieu of reading hundreds of textbooks and reference texts, get a concise yet thorough overview of every topic you will need to know in the Mometrix Study Guide.
This guide has been extensively researched and carefully put together so that you get the clear and detailed explanations you need without having to sift through thousands of pages to find them.
Combine their expert-crafted study guide with the Mometrix flashcards for a complete study system that will ensure your chances of passing on the first try. These flashcards include key concepts, correct procedures, and best practices. Plus, they are perfect for fitting study time into the hectic schedule of a nurse. Whenever you have a few minutes of down time, you can pull them out and do a little review.
What does the CCRN stand for?
CCRN is a certification for Critical Care Registered Nurse. This certification shows that a registered nurse has met the requirements to be a critical care nurse for critical or acute adult, pediatric, or neonatal patients.
What is on the CCRN exam?
The CCRN exam contains two subject areas: Clinical Judgment and Professional Caring and Ethical Practice.
What do you have to score on the CCRN to pass?
If you take the CCRN Adult exam or the CCRN Pediatric and Neonatal exam, the minimum score you would need to pass is 89.
What do you have to do to become a critical care nurse?
To become a critical care nurse, you are first required to be a registered nurse. Once you have become a registered nurse, you can ask for assignments that will help you to gain experience and skills in the critical care nursing branch. Many employers require that you have between 1 to 2 years of experience in critical care.
How much does it cost to take the CCRN adult exam?
If you are an AACN member, the CCRN exam costs $235. If you are not a member, the cost to take the CCRN is $340.
How long does it take to get the CCRN scores?
When you take the CCRN by computer, you will receive your score results immediately upon completing the test. If you choose to take the exam by paper and pencil, you will receive your scores three to four weeks after completing the test.
How long do you have to wait before you can retake a CCRN exam?
If you need to retake the CCRN exam, you can sit for the exam up to four times within a 12 month period.
How many questions are on the CCRN Adult test?
The CCRN Adult exam contains 150 questions; 125 of which are scored and 25 are unscored.
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