Studying tips for AC-PNP Exam

Studying tips for AC-PNP Exam


Allow Enough Time to Prepare Properly

Give yourself at least six – eight weeks to study. Create a schedule of topics you will study each day and stick to your schedule. This will prevent you from, focusing on the more familiar material first and having to cram the material you are less familiar with as the exam gets closer. After two hours of study, your retention will start to decline, so plan to only study two hours a day, and be sure to take a break after the first hour.

Study Groups

Study groups with peers offer opportunities to reinforce learning and confidence as you realize you haven’t forgotten everything you’ve learned. Be sure to spend the week before the exam getting plenty of rest, eating properly and staying hydrated. Relax and be confident that you will do well. Good luck!

Practice Tests

Utilize practice tests to adequately prepare and simulate the exam.  This website provides both, practice questions and test simulation as there are not many currently available for the AC-PNP Exam.  

Other General Tips

  • Speak Out Loud Instead of Simply Reading
  • Teach What You Have Learned
  • Create Mental Associations
  • Draw Diagrams
  • Create Flashcards
  • Take Regular Study Breaks
  • Practice, a lot!
  • Don’t Stay Up All Night Before an Exam

Studying Materials

Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional PracticeAC-Book

Karin Reuter-Rice (Author), Beth Bolick (Author)

Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional Practice reaches out to the entire interprofessional team. It provides insights to care, safety, systems, and regulations across the pediatric spectrum. This text is intended as a reference for practice and as a resource for training health care professionals who care for the patient in a variety of settings, including the emergency, transport, inpatient, and critical care environments. 

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Lippincott Certification Review: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner418rP60YnSL._SX383_BO1,204,203,200_

Confidently prepare for the Acute Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP®) exam and excel on the job with help from the Lippincott Certification Review: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Presented in an easy-to-read bulleted format, this all-inclusive guide covers all exam topics, from system-based pediatric disorders to family and psychological issues. Offering professional advice, test-taking strategies, and practice exams, this is the essential text no pediatric or acute care nurse should be without.

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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Review Guide: Primary Care

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Review Guide: Primary Care, Sixth Edition is an essential resource for nurses preparing to take certification examinations offered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Completely updated and revised, it reflects the most current guidelines and standards of practice. The Sixth Edition includes new content on asthma, learning disabilities, mental and behavioral health problems, obesity, violence, substance abuse, and sexually transmitted infections. Also incorporated are the concepts of health care homes or medical homes, providing culturally sensitive and competent care, and the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Preferred Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook and Navigate 2 TestPrep.

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Both books are a great study aid for nurse practitioners preparing for the AC-PNP exam.