The truth about the official CNA Exam is that there is no such thing as an official CNA Exam. What most people looking to take the CNA exam don’t understand is that there are actually over 20 different CNA exams out there. Sadly, there is not just one overall exam like the SAT, ACT or GRE.
Instead it is more like the Bar exam for lawyers. Anytime a lawyer wants to become licensed in that state, he or she must take that state’s bar exam. If that lawyer then moves to another state, he or she will need to take the test again. The same thing goes for CNAs. You could be a CNA for over 20 years, but if you move to another state, you will have to take that state’s exam to become certified to practice as a CNA in that state.
Each state has different requirements for becoming a CNA. In some cases, certain states don’t even require you to pass an exam to start working as a Nursing Assistant; however, you do need to pass an exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you verify your state’s requirements prior to starting your path to become a CNA. Our page called “CNA State Requirements and Tests” can provide you easy access to each states requirements and testing information.
The NNAAP CNA Exam
There is a test that does cover almost 50% of the states out there. The National Nurse Aid Assessment Program (NNAAP) CNA Exam was a collaborated exam designed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). This test has been adopted by 22 states and other 3 other jurisdictions. Those states include
Which Testing Standard Should You Use When Practicing
Because there are over 20 different CNA exams in the United States, there is no possible way we could design Practice Exams for each individual state. However, we probably wouldn’t need too. While each test is administered by a different state, they basically follow the same curriculum and would ask the same general questions. We have been told by many CNAs who have traveled between states that if you have passed one, you should be able to pass them all.
Therefore, because the NNAAP covers 22 states and is the most widely accepted CNA state sponsored exam, we have chosen to follow the guidance of the NNAAP when we designed our free CNA Practice Exams.
So, even if your state doesn’t use the NNAAP exam as their testing standard, our practice exams should still be able to help you.