CNA Exam Practice Questions: How To Prepare For Your CNA Certification Test


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You must complete a CNA training program and CNA certification exam before you can start work as a certified nursing assistant (in most states).

Are you ready to take your CNA exam?

The more prepared you are, the better your chances of passing the exam on your first try!

Here’s what you need to know:

The Certified Nursing Assistant Examination is divided into two sections, the written examination (WE) and a clinical skills test (CST). This written examination will be given on a computer and will be in a multiple-choice format, similar to tests you have taken at school. You must successfully pass both sections to earn your CNA certification. In the state of New Jersey, you must pass your written examination with a score of 70% or higher.

There are many ways you can practice and prepare for your CNA examination. We’ve included some sample questions typically found on CNA exams below. There are many other questions & aspects of the test to prepare for, so it’s best to cover all topics – your CNA instructor should help guide you.

Take the short CNA quiz below to test your knowledge!

CNA Practice Test Questions:

#1. The body fluid that is of greatest risk for transmitting deadly pathogens is:

A. Sputum
B. Saliva
C. Blood
D. Perspiration

#2. When doing pericare, it is important to wipe:

A. From front to back.
B. From back to front.
C. Either of the above.

#3. Which of the following statements about ROM are not true?

A. When doing ROM, stop at the point of resistance or pain.
B. It is acceptable for the nursing assistance to do ROM to the neck of the resident.
C. Watch for indication of pain in the resident.
D. Do ROM 2-3 times per day.

#4. Alzheimer disease may result in which of the following problems?

A. Diarrhea
B. Incontinence
C. Loss of ability to ambulate
D. None of the above
E. B & C

#5. Dyspnea means:

A. Difficulty swallowing.
B. Weight loss.
C. Swelling.
D. Difficulty in breathing.

#6. Which of the following are devices that are useful in replacing restraints?

A. Alarm cushion.
B. Positioning cushion.
C. Adjustable footrest extender.
D. All of the above.

#7. Myocardial infarction is another name for?

A. Stroke.
B. Fainting.
C. Heart Attack.

#8. When doing CPR, you should do…

A. 30 chest compressions and 2 breaths.
B. 10 chest compressions and 5 breaths.
C. 12 breaths and 6 compressions.
D. 10 breaths and 5 compressions.

#9. Normal rectal temperature is…

A. 106.6
B. 99.6
C. 97.4
D. 98.0

#10. A resident with an indwelling urinary catheter should have the following minimal daily intake:

A. 1000 cc
B. 1600 cc
C. 2000 cc
D. 2500 cc

So how did you score? (The answers can be found at the bottom of the page!)

CNA Test Taking Tips:

  • Study and go over as many multiple choice questions as you can, both textbook and workbook to familiarize yourself with the material.
  • Ask the CNA instructor at your school to give you extra material to learn from.
  • Commit to 25 questions a day – go over them slowly to digest them and retain the information.
  • Always read all of the multiple choice answers before selecting your answer – more than one answer may be correct! Don’t just choose the first right option you see.

Online Resources:

There are many online resources that will help you study for your CNA exam.

Here is one resource with practice test questions:

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Correct Answers
1 = C, 2 = A, 3 = B, 4 = E, 5 = D, 6 = D, 7 = C, 8 = A, 9 = B, 10 = D