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      Resources, news and fun for NHA certification candidates and alumni.

      Have NHA practice exams? Make sure you're using Focused Review® too

      Are you using NHA's practice assessments to help you prepare for your exam?* They're more than just a practice test. All NHA practice assessments include a special feature called Focused Review®.

      What's Focused Review®?

      Every time you attempt a practice exam (you have 6 attempts at 3 versions of the practice assessments) a report is generated based on your performance on the practice exam. This report is called Focused Review® and it shows what topic areas covered in the practice test you may need to spend more time studying.

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      What to do if you didn't pass your exam

      Didn't pass your certification exam? It can be discouraging but happens sometimes.

      Try not to worry — if you don't pass after the first or second attempt, you are able to re-apply* to sit for the exam again after 30 days. Since you need to pay for every exam attempt you should use that time to prepare yourself for success.

      Here are a few ways and tools to try to help improve your exam score on your second or third attempt.

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      This patient care tech passed 3 NHA exams – here’s how


      When Tiffany Schmidt enrolled in an allied health training program she knew she was going to have to put in some extra work to achieve her goals. “I was beyond nervous knowing I had to take three NHA certification tests all within a few weeks of each other. I was struggling to remember the information provided during lecture and felt like I still wasn't 100% prepared to take these tests – phlebotomy , EKG , AND patient care tech .”

      Despite her nerves and tight schedule, Tiffany walked out of the testing center three times with a ‘Pass’ mark on every single exam! In less than three months after passing her exams, Tiffany became a patient care technician at a local hospital where she performs STAT EKGs and blood draws daily.

      So how did she do it?

      We asked her to share the tips that made a difference for her.

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      How to read a test plan (the insider's study secret)

      Does your upcoming certification exam feel like a mystery? Wondering what’s going to be on it?

      Enter, the NHA certification exam test plan.

      There is a different test plan for each of NHA’s certification exams available for students and the trainers and instructors who are preparing them for the test. The test plan is used as the guide for creating the exam, as well as building the content in NHA study guides and practice tests*, and while it won’t teach you what you need to know to pass the test, it can be a helpful free resource for planning your studying – but how do you read one?

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      Limited time? These 5 study tips are for you

      Studying can seem like an overwhelming task, especially if you have a busy schedule. There’s so much information to take in in a limited amount of time, so it’s important to find study methods that work well for you.

      Here are five tips to help you become a study master:

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      How to Maximize Your Study Time


      Studying for a big exam? It can feel overwhelming — especially if you’re stressed. You might spend hours with your books without anything to show for it but a coffee spill on page 249 and a headache (ouch).

      How you study, where you study and when you study matters. When you’re purposeful about your exam preparation, you can perform better with less study time. Here are some tips to try for your next big test.

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