CNA Exam Questions: Passing the Test

CNA classes can take anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks, but the whole point of taking those classes is to get your license as a Certified Nurse Assistant. In order to get that license, you have to pass a test that every state sets for its applicants. It can help to know a little bit about the test, including the CNA exam questions, before you go to take it.

Academic and Practical

The test has two parts to it.


  • Written. One part of the CNA exam is written and consists of 100 CNA exam questions, which are multiple choice. This section is to test how well you have mastered the material in the classes you have taken. You will be studying anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and the theory and procedures behind such tasks as taking vital signs and preventing infections.

You will use books, handouts, and the notes you take in your classes. Make sure to study all this material so that you will be ready for whatever questions are put on the exam. If there’s something you don’t understand, make sure to talk about it with your instructor before the test.


  • Practical. In this section, the CNA exam questions are all hands-on. You are being tested on the day to day tasks a CNA has to accomplish. These exam questions will echo the practical element of your classes; there won’t be anything new, but the instructor might give you simulated situations in which you will have to use your best judgment.

Practice Testing

Your instructors will let you know what the CNA exam questions will be and how to study for them. They will likely give you practice tests in your classes and guide you through practical applications that are likely to be evaluated.

You can also find practice tests and sample questions online, and it would be worth your time to seek some of these out.

Here are a few sample questions that help you prepare for the real CNA exam questions. These CNA exam questions are taken from the NNAAP practice test and reflect questions you might really see on the certification test.


  1. When a client has a left-sided weakness, what part of the sweater is put on first?

A. The left sleeve

B. Both sleeves

C. The right sleeve

D. Client’s choice



  1. When helping a client who is recovering from a stroke to walk, the nurse aid should assist:

A. on the client’s weak side

B. on the client’s strong side

C. from behind the client

D. with a wheelchair



  1. Exercises that move each muscle and joint are called

A. range of motion

B. adduction

C. abduction

D. rotation



That’s just a small sampling of the kind of thing to expect from CNA exam questions. There are also off-line resources you can get. Some suggestions are:


  • Certified Nurse Assistants State Board Exams: Questions and Answers for Long-term Care Certification, by Daphna R. Moore

  • Competency Exam Prep and Review for Nursing Assistants, by Barbara Acello

  • The Complete Preparation Guide: Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide Exam

It’s never too early to study and practice, so start looking at those CNA exam questions now, and good luck on your test!