The following is an excerpt from Wound Care Certification Study Guide 2nd Edition, editors Jayesh B. Shah, Paul J. Sheffield, and Caroline E. Fife, explaining the “Whats” and “Hows” of wound care certification exams.
This chapter is designed to help you determine which certification exam best fits your situation and provides ten “pearls” to help pass the certification exam.
Test pass rates vary, but about 15-20% of applicants fail their certification exam. There are three important factors that affect one’s test performance: studying the right material, managing stress/test anxiety, and practical experience. Studying the reference materials on which the exam is based is the most important factor. The certification agencies want to know you understand the “textbook answer” to their questions. Managing test anxiety is the second most important factor. Even the most intelligent and studious individuals may do poorly on exams if they are overwhelmed by test anxiety. The best way to overcome test anxiety is to practice taking tests. Practice exams, like the one found in Chapter 33, are your best weapon against test anxiety. Practical experience, while a prerequisite to some wound care certifications, may actually impair test performance. It may be counterintuitive to think your experience can harm you, but it is important to recognize that the exam is not based on the wound care knowledge that has proven successful for you, unless that knowledge also happens to be the textbook answer to the question at hand. It is imperative you know the textbook answers, not the common practice in your facility.
The following is a list of suggestions for proper study techniques and general preparation considerations.
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