How to Study for the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) Exam
While it’s normal to be apprehensive about taking the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) Exam, the key is not to worry unnecessarily. Remember, you have been taking and passing exams all through school to get to this point in your career. Instead, try these proven strategies to study and get ready.
1. Allow Enough Time to Prepare for the PNCB Exam
Give yourself at least six to 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 take a break after the first hour.
2. Create Flash Cards
Creating your own flash cards, rather than borrowing those of someone else, will help you retain the information. Experts say that if you write information down, you will be more likely to remember it. Have a spouse or friend use them to quiz you.
3. Use Practice Questions and Texts
Purchase a copy of the PNCB practice questions or use the online testing tool on the PNCB website. The cost of the practice test is $50.00 and can be found here. In addition to the resources you’re familiar with, online tools and practice tests, there are numerous publications and references you can use to prepare for your exam. The PNCB website provides an extensive list of useful references for review, which can be found in the links below:
- Primary Care Exam Reference List
- AC-PNP.com Pediatric Acute Care Exam Review site with practice exams
- Acute Care Exam Reference List
4. Meet Up with a Study Group
Study groups with peers offer opportunities to reinforce learning and confidence as you realize you haven’t forgotten everything you’ve learned.
5. Rest Up!
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!