"Pearson VUE"

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) State Test

To schedule a test date or check on your test score, etc. contact  "Pearson VUE"


This information is for those who have ALREADY taken a state approved Certified Nursing Assistant, Nurse Aide, Nursing Assistant, or CNA training course and are now scheduled to take the "Vue Pearson" state test.

If you need to take a state approved CNA course contact your state Board of Nursing or state Registry Agency for a list of approved training programs.

We DO NOT give the "PearsonVUE" state test or have applications for the state test or teach the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class online. For information on taking your states C.N.A licence test contact "Pearson VUE".


If your state uses "PearsonVUE" as their CNA testing agency (see the bottom of our "home" page to see which states use "PearsonVUE" testing agency) then you can go to pearsonvue.com and take a free practice test. If you would like more practice tests we have a set of 3 separate test you can purchase on our "order products" page.

If you need a copy of the skills you must know for the test you can find it on PearsonVUE™ web site. Go to the PearsonVUE™ site and find your state on the drop down menu and click. Find " Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook" and click. Near the end of the handbook will be all the skills.


On the PearsonVUE™ website is a multiple-choice question test. Of course none of the questions that are on the practice test will be on your real CNA test BUT the questions on the practice test are the same TYPE of questions and the same LEVEL of difficulty that you will have on your Certified Nursing Assistant state test. How you do on the practice test will give you a good indication on how you will do on your state test and how much more you need to study before you take the CNA test.

You have 2 hours (in most states) to complete the written part of the CNA test. This is more then enough time so take your time, read the questions carefully. Most mistakes are from reading to fast. Remember, if you are not sure of an answer your FIRST choice of an answer is usually your best choice. DON"T go back and change an answer UNLESS you are SURE you were wrong the first time. After you are done with your written test you can hand it in and leave.

You can take the written test orally. You have to make that choice on the application you sent into "Pearson VUE". If you did not make that choice and want to take the written test orally call "Pearson VUE" and talk to them. If you are taking it orally they will give you a tape recorder and headphones, that is how they administer an orally test. If you don't know if you would do better orally or by reading the quiestions yourself, practice at home. Take a practice test (we have some you can buy below) and do it by reading and answering the questions. Then take a test by having someone read the questions and answers to you. Grade them both and see which test you did better on.

THE  SKILLS TEST (The information below is true for Colorado. It is also true for many other states. Check the Pearson VUE™ website to be sure the below information is also true for your state.)

For your skills test you will be asked to perform 5 skills in a closed room with only the Evaluator and someone in the bed playing your client. The first skill for everyone is Handwashing so practice that skill well because you know you will be performing it. The next 4 skills are picked at random from your skills handbook. Those 4 skills can be ANY 4 of the 20+ skills in your CNA or certified nursing assistant handbook so you must study all of them. Studying the skills or watching someone else perform the skills WILL NOT be enough for you to pass the skills part of your state test. YOU MUST practice the skills for yourself. Performing the skills over and over will help you feel confident in performing them in front of the Evaluator on test day. Even if you do not have anyone willing to play the part of your client  you can use a doll or even a pillow and still go through all the steps of each skill.

Before you begin your "Pearson VUE" c.n.a. or certified nursing assistant skills test the Evaluator (remember he or she is a RN so act professionally) will show you where everything is that you will need to perform your skills. She will show you how to use any equipment, such as the bed controls. Everything you need to perform your skills will be in the room. When the Evaluator is done showing you around she will ask if you have any questions. You must ask any questions BEFORE the test begins. The Evaluator will NOT answer any questions after the test begins.

You have 25 minutes (in most states, check your CNA handbook to be sure it is the same in your state) to complete the 5 skills. The Evaluator will give you a written list of the skills that you can refer too after you finish each skill. If the Evaluator tells you the 5 skills orally don't panic, just go wash your hands (Handwashing is everyones first skill) then you are allowed to ask her what your next skill is. Complete that skill and ask what the next skill is, etc. If you make a mistake in a skill tell the Evaluator " I made a mistake" she will ask you what the mistake was. She will tell you is she wants you to continue with your skill on the step you are on OR if she wants you to go back to the step you made the mistake on and go from there. This is the ONLY time she can talk to you and answer a question. If you make another mistake after that just keep on going. You can only correct ONE mistake in each skill. Remember, you do not have to perform all the skills perfectly to pass. You can make some mistakes and still pass your test. What kind of mistakes and how many no one but the testing agency knows. 


  1. Wear scrubs to your test. You will look more professional.
  2. If you have long hair TIE IT BACK. It is easy for long hair to get in you way while you perform your skills.
  3. Take off rings (wedding rings are OK) and long earrings or large hoop earrings and bracelets. All these things could get in your way.
  4. If you have long acrylic nails you need to take them off for test day. Some Evaluators will not let you test with long nails. Long nails can scratch clients.
  5. As you practice your skills for your test any questions that come to your mind, write them down. The Evaluator will answer any question you have BEFORE the skills test begins.
  6. You can do more steps in a skill then are in the skills handbook, example: some skills require that you provide privacy for your client, some skills do not. I don't want to try and remember which skills need privacy and which do not SO I will just provide privacy in EACH skill. I will not be counted off for doing MORE. I will only get counted off if I FORGET a step in a skill. You can do the same with putting on gloves. If you think you might forget to put on gloves in a skill that requires them then just put on gloves for every skill (except "feeding a client" no one wants to be helped to eat with someone wearing gloves).
  7. Be on time for your test, if you are late you loose your test time and money.
  8. You must perform every step in a skill. The Evaluator has a check list of each step in the skill you are performing. So you must do every step in a skill.  Also, you can do more steps then are in the skills handbook and you will NOT be counted off. You CAN make mistakes and still pass the test, how many mistakes, no one knows.

To schedule a test date or check on your test score, etc. contact "Pearson VUE" 




Avanza Education's skills video and other products are not associated with or approved by "Pearson VUE". All products are designed to assist the CNA test applicant with their state C.N.A. test. If there is any question about the state test or any information needed regarding the state test please contact "Pearson VUE"  

  •  The skills that you need to know for your CNA or certified nursing assistant skills state test are demonstrated on the video.
  • Our CNA skills video was made by actual instructors with 10 years experence teaching the skills to students.
  • Our video includes many tips to help you pass your state test that only teachers that have worked closely with state testing agencies would know.

Thank you so much.  I reviewed the DVD & I just want to say, it is superb!  I know this will indeed help me pass my clinicals.  Visuals are very important. D.L. Florida

  • This video will help you follow the "Pearson VUE", Prometric or Headmaster skills in your skills handbook.
  • Most of the skills you will be taught in your CNA or certified nursing assistant training program and most of the skills you need to know for your CNA state test are demonstrated on this video.
  • You will not receive a copy of this skills test video in any CNA or certified nursing assistant class you attend. We are the only educational program that offers this video. It has been an invaluable tool for our students!
  • The video demonstrates each skill in the CNA Candidate Handbook step by step. The video is slowly and clearly narrated so that the certified nursing assistant student can follow along in their handbook as they watch the  DVD as often as necessary. Watching it several times the day before the nurse assistant test has proven to be very helpful.
  • Other states that use Prometric or Headmaster as their testing agency have used our video and seen improvement in their student's pass rate.
  • Our video will help you with "Pearson VUE" , Prometric and Headmaster CNA skills/clinicals

I passed my CNA state exam last week. Thank you for the great help with your video!!- R.E. North Carolina


There are twenty-four CNA skills demonstrated in the video:

  • No other Skills Video offers all the features that we offer

    Free added bonuses on the video

    1. Valuable tips for success on your test
    2. What to expect on your test day
    3. Help and tips on practicing your skills
    4. Things to do and not do when demonstrating skills
        5.   Tips to help you pass your nursing assistant  test the first time.
  • Other added bonuses on the video
  • How to properly remove gloves
  • Proper use of a bathblanket
  • How to drain a catheter bag

Skills Demonstrated on Avanza's Skills Video

  1. Washing your hands
  2. Putting a knee-high elastic stocking on a client
  3. Assisting a client to ambulate
  4. Assisting client with using a bedpan
  5. Cleaning and storing dentures
  6. Taking and recording radial pulse, and counting and recording respiration
  7. Donning and removing PPE
  8. Helping dress a client with a weak arm
  9. Feeding a client that cannot feed themselves
  10. Giving a modified bed bath
  11. Making an occupied bed
  12. Taking and recording client's blood pressure
  13. Measuring and recording urinary output
  14. Measuring and recording a client's weight
  15. Performing passive range of motion for a knee and ankle
  16. Performing passive range of motion for a shoulder
  17. Positioning a client on their side
  18. Providing catheter care
  19. Providing fingernail care
  20. Providing foot care
  21. Providing mouth care
  22. Providing perineal care for a client
  23. Transferring a client from the bed to a wheelchair
  24. Shampooing a client's hair in bed. 

Kathi from Oregon said: "The DVD arrived....I DID pass my certified nursing assistant test...The DVD was exactly what I needed to see...watching and then practicing worked perfectly...Thank you so much".

Please see Skills Video Frequently Asked Questions on the top menu to understand more about the video. Thank you.


ABOUT AVANZA EDUCATION: Avanza is a Home Health Care Agency with an extensive education department. We have been actively involved in the education of CNA's (certified nursing assistant) for over 10 years. Through our experience with our own certified nursing assistant students and networking with other facilities we found that students found it very difficult to pass the skills portion of the "Pearson VUE", Prometric and Headmaster CNA or Certified Nursing Assistant State Licensing Test. We wanted to find a way to help each CNA students in this area. We put together a video that follows the skills in the CNA and nurse aide handbook and gave a copy to each of our CNA students. Our student's pass rates on the skills test went up considerable.

...love the DVD. I especially love the step by step demonstrations. Thank you for making it. Dawn, Montana

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Three practice tests for the written part of your CNA test. $15.00 Plus 3 Bonuses.

The practice tests are made up of 70 multiple choice questions. The questions are the same kind of questions and the same level of difficulty that you will find on your state test.  

None of the questions you will receive will be on your actual CNA state test. These questions are examples of the type of questions and the level of difficulty of the questions on your state test. If you do well on these practice tests then you KNOW you will pass your state test. You will receive 3 separate tests,70 questions on each test, with the answer sheet + an explanation on why the answer is correct.

Example of a test question:

An example of a special device to help prevent contractures is a (an):

  1. handroll
  2. doppler
  3. air mattress
  4. manometer

Answer: A handroll is placed in the palm of the hand to prevent the hand and fingers from contracting in the flexed position.

These tests will give you ample opportunity to test your knowledge and help you see how prepared you are for your state test.



Three Practice Tests, 70 questions on each test, with answer sheet Plus the Common Abbreviations and the Thermometer and Aneroid Sphygmomanometer Resding Tests: $15.00

There are no refunds on the practice tests.

Abbreviation Example: NPO-nothing by mouth. qhs-every hour of sleep. We will include 81 more common medical abbreviations

You will use medical abbreviations when you chart for your clients and you will need to know them to understand what other staff members have written about your client. Medical Abbreviations are like short hand. They are used throughout the medical community.

Practice Tests and Bonuses, shipping: $15.00


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Helpful hints on practicing the skills at home


Find and room with a bed, it can be your own bedroom. If no one is willing to play the part of your client put a doll or teddy bear or pillow in bed. If you are practicing at home gather some supplies to use as props such as a bowl to use as a bedpan and a bowl or pan to use for water. Have several towels, washcloths, wipes, and gloves within reach of your bed. If you don’t have actual latex gloves use any pair of gloves. The idea is to go through the motions of putting on gloves at the proper time in a skill. You may also want to pin up a piece of fabric on one side of your bed to simulate a privacy curtain. For the call light (signal device) you can use an old computer mouse or a block of wood. Use a marker and write on it "call light". Be creative in setting up your room with everything you need to help you practice each step in each skill.

To save time instead of actually going to the bathroom to get water just pretend to get water. If you are using a bed where the head of the bed does not raise or lower, take a piece of paper and draw 2 buttons on it (an up and down button) and tape it somewhere within reach and when the step is read to raise or lower the head of the bed you can touch those buttons.

Once you have practiced the skills over and over then you can actually get water for washing or real food to feed to someone or really put toothpaste on a toothbrush and brush someone’s teeth, etc.

When you feel confident with your skills choose the amount of skills your state will require you to perform (some states it is 3 skills, some states it is 5 skills). Set a timer for the amount of time your state gives you to perform the skills and then go through your skills. When you are done check and see how much time you have left. This will help you feel at ease knowing how fast you need to work to finish your skills in the allowed time. Most people find they can work at a comfortable pace and finish on time. We wish you good luck. Thank you, Avanza Education