Most CNA jobs do not require or expect that individuals will be able to take the exams on their own time. Some places require individuals to be there on a set day and time for the required course hours. This can cause significant problems for those who are already very busy working a full-time job. In this situation, it is very helpful to find an alternative method of getting there and/or back to class.
It is also very common for CNAs to feel overwhelmed when they have so much work to do in a limited amount of time. Many people do not realize that the local colleges in the Bay Area can often be a great help. I was able to make the commute a little more manageable when I hired a tutor for my online exams.
Online exams can be a great way to gain confidence before taking the actual test. I had been doing practice tests for about a year before I took the actual test. The reason I waited was mainly because I was unsure I could pass it on my own. Now that I have taken the tests and failed them, I have become even more certain that I can make it happen. My local colleges really helped me out tremendously.
The tutors that the local colleges provided for my online classes were extremely helpful. I was able to ask any questions that I had while I was taking the exams. I was able to get help with reading Comprehension and Reading Skills, along with Math and Science. These subjects are among the hardest I have had to take.
Another great thing about the local colleges in the Bay Area is that they offer many different options for financing. I opted for the private loans. I was able to have the money put into my bank account in about 3 weeks. I used the money for tuition, materials, and other expenses. The local colleges also offered financial aid for low or no cost. This definitely saved me a lot of money.
The last thing that I learned about the local colleges in the Bay Area is that they also have test prep services. This obviously would have helped me out a lot. I would have been able to take practice tests and go over the questions that I did not understand fully. I was actually able to pass the test without having to study as much. So, I know that I passed the first time I took the practice tests.
All in all, the experience that I had was very beneficial. I was able to gain information that I was not able to learn anywhere else. I was also able to do all of this from the comfort of my own home. I am truly thankful that I was able to find these test locations and all of the resources that helped me prepare for my state and national exams.