Practice Exams

CPAN® and CAPA® Practice Exams

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Perianesthesia nurse certification - practice exams for perianesthesia specialty nursing

ABPANC’s practice examination (web test) program was designed to be representative of the types of questions you will see on the actual CPAN and CAPA Examinations.

All Four Exams are Available for $100.00 & Provide You 16 Contact Hours!

You may now receive 16 contact hours for completing all four (4) CPAN practice exams and 16 contact hours for completing the four (4) CAPA exams.

Partial credit is not available.

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91).

Approval # 2020-0000000819

Approval valid through 11/25/2022

ABPANC’s Practice Exams (Web Tests) are study tools only. They should be regarded as a tool to assess strengths and weaknesses. It is not intended to serve as a study guide, nor should it be used as a substitute for studying. While content may be representative of the type of knowledge and skills tested on the CPAN and CAPA certification examinations, this material is not identical to the content of the examinations. A passing score on a Web Test does not in any way guarantee a passing score on any ABPANC certification examination. Use of ABPANC’s Web Tests is not a requirement for eligibility or for success in passing any ABPANC certification examination.

The CPAN and CAPA practice exams are for individual use only and may not be reproduced or shared with others without the express permission of ABPANC.

Program Overview

There are 4 CPAN® and 4 CAPA® 50-question web test forms available for purchase in one bundle of $100.00. Each exam has a unique set of questions and was created according to ABPANC’s Test Blueprint.

Exams Are Approved for 16 Contact Hours. You will receive 16 contact hours for completing all four CPAN practice exams and 16 contact hours for completing the four CAPA exams. Partial credit is not available.

Two Ways to Practice. Take the exam in Training Mode and see and review your answers immediately. Or, for a more exam-like experience and to receive your certificate of completion, take the exams in Practice Exam Course mode, and wait until the end to see the correct answers.

Question and Score Report Detail. For each question, you will see the correct answer, the domain, the content area, and at least once reference. The score report at the conclusion of the Practice Exam will provide you with a second chance to review this information. You will also get domain level feedback to help focus your study efforts.

Optional Timer. Maximum time allotted for each web test is 3.3 hours (200 minutes). For a more test-like experience, you can activate the timer by pressing the Time button on the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. Time remaining will show on the screen.

Requirements for Successful Completion. All four practice exams must be completed within the 200-minute (3.3 hour) time frame. You will be directed to an evaluation after you complete Practice Exam #4. A link to the Certificate of Completion is available at the end of the evaluation. You will be required to attest that you have completed all four exam forms. ABPANC’s web tests must be used within one year of purchase.

Helpful Tip: You are encouraged to have a copy of ABPANC’s Study References List with you as you take a web test and make notes about which references/page numbers are cited. It is not possible to print the test questions and references.

Disclosure Statement:
There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control the content for this activity.

Objectives

After completion of a CPAN or CAPA web test, you will be able to:

  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. Describe your strengths and gaps in knowledge to identify content areas for further study.
  5. Identify references for further study.

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.

Purchasing and Accessing Your Practice Exams via GMetrix

ABPANC is pleased to partner with PSI and GMetrix to provide our CPAN and/or CAPA Practice Exams. During the Fall 2021 exam window, practice exams will be purchased directly on the GMetrix platform. Please read this page thoroughly for step-by-step instructions to purchase your practice exams, as well as how information required to access your exams using Training Mode or Practice Exam Course mode.

Steps for Purchasing Your Practice Exams

  1. Navigate to one of the links below to access the purchase page.
    1. For CAPA: https://www.gmetrix.com/Products/Details/ABPANC-CAPA
    2. For CPAN: https://www.gmetrix.com/Products/Details/ABPANC-CPAN
  2. Click the Add to Cart link.
  3. Click the Login button at the top-right corner of the page.
  4. If you do not have an account, click the Sign up here! Link at the bottom of the page. Otherwise, log in to your GMetrix account.
  5. Once logged in, navigate to your cart by clicking the icon at the top-right corner of the screen.
  6. Enter your billing information and click Review Your Order.
  7. Click to Enlarge

    Confirm your purchase and you will be taken to your account page.

    1. Note: you can access the account page at any time in the future by logging into www.gmetrix.com and clicking on your name in the upper-right corner.
  8. Copy the Access Code from the table at the bottom of the page. You will need to redeem it momentarily.
  9. Navigate to www.gmetrix.net and log in to your account.
  10. You will be prompted to enter an Access Code on the dashboard. Paste the code you received on your gmetrix.com account page and click Redeem.
    1. You can redeem additional Access Codes in the future by clicking the Redeem option in the left navigation menu.

Accessing Your Practice Exams

Getting Your Certificate

You will be able to access your ABPANC practice exams in two ways within the GMetrix system, the Practice Exams Course and the Training Mode Tests. In order to obtain your Certificate of Completion, you will need to complete the CAPA/CPAN Practice Exams Course within the system. You can access the course by selecting Courses from the left navigation menu and locating it on the Select a Course page.

This course requires that you complete all four practice exams within the time limit provided with a score of at least 75%. Once all four exams have been completed, you will need to complete the ABPANC End of Program Survey and sign an attestation that you have fully completed the survey. Once this is done, the Certificate icon at the top of the page will be unlocked and you will be able to view and print your certificate of completion.

Studying with Training Mode

If you are having difficulty passing your course practice exams, you can also utilize Training Mode to help you review. To access the Training Mode practice exams, select the Start New Test button from the left navigation menu. From here, you will select the ABPANC category and then choose either CAPA or CPAN. This will provide you with a list of which practice exam you would like to attempt.

In Training Mode, you will get feedback between each question indicating whether you answered correctly as well as what the correct answer is. You can use this mode to review all the questions in the practice exam before making another attempt.

Viewing Past Test Attempts and Reviewing Missed Questions

You can review all past test attempts you have made, either in the Practice Exam Course or in the Training Mode, by selecting the Tests > Completed Tests item from the left navigation menu.

Here you can view a score report of how you did on the test, which questions were missed, and how you performed in each exam objective.

You can also select the Review Missed Questions button to quickly launch a Training Mode test that includes all the questions you missed on that test attempt. This is a particularly good way to review the specific questions you may have struggled with when attempting to complete your Course.

FAQ

Q: Why should I take a practice exam?
A: The CPAN and CAPA practice exams will help you assess your readiness to take the CPAN/CAPA exam, as well as identify your study needs. After taking the practice exams, you will be able to:

  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. Describe your strengths and gaps in knowledge to identify content areas for further study.
  5. Identify references for further study.

Additionally, you are eligible to receive 16 contact hours for completing the four exams!

Q: What is the format of the practice exams?
A: Each of the CPAN and CAPA Web Tests have 50 questions 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 Needs
  • Behavioral Health and Cognitive Needs
  • Safety Needs

You have the choice to either see the correct answer immediately, or to wait until the end to see the correct answer. For each question, you will see at least one reference, as well as the domain and content area. Please note that ABPANC does not provide rationales.

Q: What is the time limit to complete one exam?
A: You will have 3.3 hours (200 minutes) to take and review each Web Test.

Q: How much do the practice exams cost?
A: You will receive all four practice exams for CPAN or all four practice exams for CAPA for the cost of $100.00.

Q: Can I earn contact hours for taking a practice exam?
A: You will receive 16 contact hours for completing all four CPAN practice exams and 16 contact hours for completing the four CAPA exams. Partial credit is not available.

Q: Will the contact hours count toward my recertification?
A: This activity counts toward your CPAN and/or CAPA recertification provided it falls into the appropriate date range. You must have completed the four practice exams:

  • After April 1 for Spring
  • After October 1 for Fall

This activity applies to direct care. The certificate of completion, available after you complete the evaluation tool at the end of Exam #4, will serve as verification of your participation.

Q: What is the difference between Training Mode and Practice Exam Course mode?
A: To obtain your Certificate of Completion and eligible contact hours, you will need to complete all four exams within the Practice Exams Course mode in the system. If you are having difficulty passing your course practice exams, you can also utilize Training Mode to help you review. In Training Mode, you will get feedback between each question indicating whether you answered correctly as well as what the correct answer is. You can use this mode to review all the questions in the practice exam before making another attempt. Accessing exams in both modes is explaining under the Purchasing and Accessing tab on the Practice Exam landing page.

Q: What do I have to do to receive the contact hours?
A: You must complete each of the four practice exams within the Practice Exams Course mode within the 200-minute (3.3 hour) time frame. You will be directed to an evaluation after you complete Practice Exam #4. A link to the Certificate of Completion is available at the end of the evaluation. You will be required to attest that you have completed all four exam forms.

Q: Can I take both the CPAN and the CAPA web tests for contact hours?
A: Yes, you will receive 16 contact hours for completing the four CPAN practice exams and 16 additional contact hours for completing the four CAPA practice exams.

Q: Can I go back and look at my answers after I have logged out?
A: You may view past test results after the test has been completed. However, you cannot make any changes that would affect your score.

Q: How often are the web tests updated?
A: The web tests are updated at the end of each Role Delineation Study (RDS), to coincide with the updating of ABPANC’s Test Blueprint. The last Role Delineation Study took place from 2015-2016. A new RDS is underway, and new practice exams will be written following the conclusion of the RDS.

Q: What if I purchased a practice exam using the old system?
A: Candidates who purchased a practice exam before 07/1/2021 may contact PSI for support at wta@goamp.com or call 913-895-4828 for system support.