How long do you have to do the skills test?
And whay happens if you go over?
So, let’s say that you have 37 minutes to perform your skill set. Skill #1 went okay (but took way longer because you didn’t practice it before the test), but for Skill #2, you kept losing count and had to start over a few times. By the time you started Skill #3, you only had 5 minutes left. You tried to rush, but didn’t finish the skill in time and had several checkpoints that you didn’t get to perform. It’s not the running out of time that will count against you – it’s those checkpoints you didn’t get to that is going to count against you during grading . Unfortunately, on this skill, most of the steps you didn’t get to do were safety steps…which are important (more on that in 2 days).
Starting a skill over never counts against you. You can start any skill over at any time…but the clock keeps ticking. Starting a skill over will take up time you may need to perform a different skill. Don’t try to be perfect – there is no extra credit for getting a perfect score. Do the best you can, make corrections when you need to and only start over if you absolutely HAVE to.
This is why practice is important. You WILL make mistakes when you are learning ANYTHING new. You don’t want to use up your valuable time making and correcting little mistakes during the test – you want to make them when time isn’t counting against you – BEFORE the test.
I actually talked about this in one of my LIVE CNA Q&A Sessions recently, you might find it interesting! Click here to watch it!
So, next week I want to tell you why the evaluators CAN’T fail you on the state exam. You passing or failing is not up to them – so who decides your score? (Hint: it’s not you, either) I’ll explain why this is important next Tuesday.
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