Laureen's bubbling/highlighting technique helped a lot but I'll be honest, the biggest confidence booster was how she covered everything and then gave me the chance to test my skills on the 150 question practice exam.
By the time I walked into the testing center the second time, I felt ready...and I was! Thank you for the help Laureen!
Now for those of you who don't know what the Certified Professional Coding (CPC) test is like or what to expect, here's some other tips:
- You can take your books and you can write whatever notes you want to write; you just can't have any loose paper (outside of Post-It notes for tabs). I tabbed the doodoo out of my book and got REALLY familiar with each section so I'd know at least where to turn on each question.
- Know the guidelines and the ICD-9/CPT. Don't try to learn everything but know where to go to look for the right answer. It's open book so make use of it!
- Don't try to answer the question cold turkey; use the answers listed as possibilities to start narrowing it down to just two or three. Doing this means less time looking up codes and more time spent passing the test!
- Relax. I know that's hard to imagine doing but your brain works so much better when it's not in panic mode. Visualize yourself passing this bad boy and celebrating with a night on the town or a spa day. Deep breaths and focus on one question at a time, you've got this!
If you need any more help, try taking the CPC practice exam (http://ow.ly/qS4II). It will let you know where you stand...for better or worse lol.