ABPANC Offers Newly Designed CPAN® and CAPA® Practice Examinations

Please read the following information before registering for a practice examination!

ABPANC is excited to offer newly designed CPAN® and CAPA® Practice Examinations based on your feedback! After each question, participants will learn if they answered the question correctly and at least one reference supporting the answer to the question will be displayed. You will have a second opportunity to review the references at the end of the practice examination so that you do not need to stop after each question to look up the answer in the references. At the completion of a practice examination a summary page is provided that lists the questions and the reference(s) on which the answer is based.

Helpful Tip: You will not be allowed to print pages listing the questions and references. You are encouraged to have a copy of Appendix D References — found in the Certification Candidate Handbook (can download from ABPANC website) with you as you take a practice examination and make notes about which references/page numbers are cited.

A score report is also provided identifying whether or not the participant passed or failed the practice exam. You will receive a scaled score on overall performance, just like with the actual CPAN and CAPA examinations. The passing scaled score is 450. You will also be provided with domain level feedback which may help you focus your study efforts as you design a study plan.

Each 50 question practice exam is designed to randomly select questions from a practice exam bank. Each practice exam you take will offer a unique mix of 50 questions which will ensure minimal to no overlap in questions. Participants are able to take multiple versions of a practice exam You can take an online practice examination at your convenience, using any computer that can connect to the Internet using browers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. The practice examination programs are compatible with Windows 8 and can be used with an IPad. Each examination costs $50.

Please note: ABPANC Practice Examinations are being administered through ProExam Track powered by uCertify.

Purpose

The purpose of the online CPAN and CAPA practice exams is to provide exposure to multiple-choice questions that are representative of the types of questions seen on the actual CPAN and/or CAPA certification examinations. In addition, at least one reference, including page number, for each question answered is provided as a study aid.

Target Audience:

The target audience includes CPAN and CAPA certification examination candidates, any perianesthesia nurse interested in assessing their knowledge related to perianesthesia patient needs, and CPAN and CAPA certified nurses who wish to acquire ABPANC contact hours for CPAN and CAPA recertification.

Objectives

  1. Describe the style of question that will be encountered on the CPAN and CAPA certification examinations.
  2. Identify the pace needed to answer multiple-choice questions on the CPAN and CAPA certification examinations.
  3. Demonstrate answering multiple-choice questions like those found on the actual CPAN and/or CAPA certification examinations.
  4. Identify content areas for further study.
  5. Use identified references for further study.

Verification of Participation

Your verification of participation in this activity will occur after payment for the activity is made, the completion of a 50 item practice examination and completion of an evaluation tool for the activity. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded after the evaluation tool is submitted. Passing a practice examination is not required to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Requirements for Successful Completion

A participant must complete the 50 item practice examination within the 200 minutes or 3.3 hour time frame and complete and submit the evaluation tool.

Disclosure Statement

All content experts and planners of nursing continuing education activities are required to disclose to the participant (1) any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products, goods or services and (2) any unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in the activity materials.
The planners for this educational activity have nothing to disclose.
The content experts for this educational activity have nothing to disclose.
There will be no discussion of off label use of a product or device in this educational activity.

Accreditation

At this time, ABPANC has NOT submitted the newly revised practice examination programs for approval of contact hours by an accredited approver agency, such as ASPAN.

Contact Hours

At this time, no formally approved contact hours are available. However, if you are using this activity to earn ABPANC continual learning hours for CPAN and/or CAPA recertification purposes, this activity applies to Direct Care. The Certificate of Completion, awarded once you complete the evaluation tool, will serve as verification of your participation.

Commercial Support

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been developed to provide you with necessary information regarding the practice examinations.

Why should you take a practice examination?

Both the CPAN and CAPA practice examinations can:

  • Expose you to multiple-choice questions that are similar in form and content to the types of questions seen on the actual CPAN or CAPA certification examination;
  • Identify weak areas before final completion of educational programs;
  • Focus your study efforts as you design a study plan;
  • Serve as a final review before taking the CPAN or CAPA certification examination;
  • Help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of your perianesthesia nursing knowledge base in order to meet patient needs.

ABPANC’s practice examinations should be regarded as a tool to assess strengths and weaknesses. They are not intended to serve as a study guide nor should they be used as a substitute for studying. A passing score on a practice examination does not in any way guarantee a passing score on any ABPANC certification examination. Use of a practice examination is not a requirement for eligibility or for success in passing any ABPANC certification examination.

The purpose of a practice examination is to provide you with a simulated (or similar) experience to taking the actual CPAN or CAPA certification examination. Unlike the real examination experience you will be informed if you answered a question correctly or incorrectly and the reference(s) for that question and correct answer will be provided.

The scoring information that is provided will help guide you to identify further study needs and allow you to assess which domains you may need further study. The practice examination should be used as a tool to assess your level of preparedness for the actual examination. It is not intended to the sole means of study for the examination.

What are the CPAN and CAPA practice examinations like?

The practice examination questions are questions that were previously developed by CPAN and CAPA certified nurses who are content experts using the same methods used to develop the actual certification examinations but these questions have been retired from the ABPANC examination question bank. They have been reviewed and updated and referenced accordingly.

Each of the CPAN and CAPA practice examinations are 50 questions in length and have been developed to correlate with the CPAN and CAPA examination blueprints. You will be tested on content that falls into the following three domains of perianesthesia patient needs and the nursing knowledge needed to meet those needs:

  • Physiological
  • Behavioral/Cognitive
  • Safety

The content of the practice examinations, while representative of the type of questions on the CPAN or CAPA certification examinations, does not necessarily mirror the content that will appear on the actual certification examinations.

Each examination must be completed within 200 minutes (or 3.3 hours). You will see a countdown of the time elapsing as your take a practice examination.

Since each 50 item practice exam is designed to randomly select questions from the practice exam bank, each exam will offer a unique mix of questions which will ensure minimal to no overlap in questions each time you take another practice exam.

How are the CPAN and CAPA practice examinations scored?

Feedback about your performance on the practice examination will be given. The passing scores for the CPAN and CAPA practice examinations have been set by ABPANC at a total scale score of 450. For the purposes of scoring the practice examinations, an average of the passing points used in the past several administrations on the actual CPAN and CAPA examinations has been used to determine the number of questions one would have to answer correctly to achieve a scale score of 450 on the practice examinations.

Please note: A certain score on the practice examination does not in any way predict or guarantee the same or similar score on any of ABPANC’s actual certification examinations. Practice examinations can be used to provide an indication of your level of preparation for the actual certification examination, however they cannot be relied on to accurately predict performance on an actual certification examination.

What do the CPAN and CAPA practice examinations cost?

Each practice examination costs $50, payable by credit card. VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all acceptable for payment.

After purchasing the CPAN and/or CAPA practice examinations, you will be given access to a voucher number for each examination you have purchased. This number will be needed to launch the examination.

How can I redeem my voucher to launch a CPAN or CAPA practice exam?

After your purchase has been completed, you will be able to view the voucher numbers for each examination you have purchased. A copy of your voucher numbers will also be sent to the email address you have used to register for the practice examinations. If you do not receive this email, check in your spam folder. If you are ready to test immediately after purchasing the examination, you can launch the first examination from the same page that your voucher numbers are listed by following the link on the website. To launch future examinations, please refer to the list of voucher numbers sent to your email address. Vouchers can only be used once.

Can I purchase a practice examination for someone else?

Yes. The voucher system makes it possible to purchase multiple examinations for multiple users. This may be particularly useful for study groups or employers who want to purchase practice examinations for staff planning to test in the near future. You will be sent a unique voucher number for each practice examination purchased. Please provide a unique voucher number to each individual testing. After those candidates have created an account in the system, they can skip the purchase option and click on Redeem Voucher. They will then enter the voucher number provided to gain access to the practice examination.

Can I earn contact hours for taking a CPAN or CAPA practice examination?

At this time, ABPANC has not submitted the newly revised practice examination programs for approval of contact hours by an accredited approver agency such as ASPAN. However, if you are using this activity to earn ABPANC continual learning credit (contact hours) for CPAN and/or CAPA recertification purposes, this activity applies to Direct Care. The Certificate of Completion, awarded once you complete the evaluation tool, will serve as verification of your participation.

How can I find out about further study tools?

Once you complete a CPAN or CAPA practice examination, you will have access to several links to the ABPANC website as noted below:

  • CPAN/CAPA Certification Candidate Handbook
  • Study Tips brochure
  • ABPANC Study Plan
  • Study References
  • Information about the Certification Coach program
  • Basis for examinations — a Role Delineation Study

How different are the CPAN and CAPA practice examinations — Can I take the practice examinations for both?

As you will note on the CPAN and CAPA examination blueprints, which serve as the basis for the construction of each actual examination as well as the practice examinations, the domains of patient needs — Physiological, Behavioral/Cognitive, and Safety, and the nursing knowledge needed to meet those needs — are the same for both the CPAN and CAPA certification programs. It is the percentage of questions asked in each domain of patient needs that varies, depending on whether the candidate is taking the CPAN or CAPA examination and the context for the questions will differ. For added practice, a candidate may desire to take some or all of the CPAN and CAPA practice examinations.

How often may I take a practice examination?

You may take a practice exam as often as you like but please note that you must pay the fee of $50 for each practice examination taken.

Click here to register for the practice examination.