Takken the CPC exam? How many passed the 1st try?

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I took the CPC exam this past Saturday and now starts the LONG waiting process. I have no idea how I did on this test and I started to wonder. How many coders pass the test the first try; I've heard somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-45%. That's scary:eek:. So tell me... how many times did it take you to pass.
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We will keep our fingers crossed for you.

I think that the success rate depends on the exam prep. Of the 15 certified coders in this department, only two did not pass the first try. Most of us took the PMCC course through the AAPC and felt very comfortable with the examination, and passed the first time. One of the coders who did not pass, did not take the PMCC course, but did take a coding/billing course at a local community college. Also, most of the coders had at least 2+ years experience in billing/coding before sitting for the exam. I think that both factors (experience and prep through the AAPC course) contributed to everyone's success.
 
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I passed the first time but only with a 72; my problem was time. I knew the answers but took my time reading each question and by time I got to the back section I was about out of time and started guessing just to fill in each question. If you felt like you were able to answer most of the questions and you didnt run out of time I'm sure you passed!
 

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I passed the first time, but I unlike some of the others did not think it was a piece of cake. I thought that the test was hard. I don't have any experience and am still looking for a job. You probably did fine, think positive...
 

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I passed first time CPC - straight out of school and passed CEMC first time after 4 1/2 years working as coder. Both were hard.
 

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I passed the first time, but had taken a PMCC course and had 8 years of experience beforehand.

It was not a piece of cake and I was a nervous wreck the 3 weeks it took to get the results online. I actually left the exam and cried all the way home because I was so scared that I had not passed it. :eek:
 

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I passed on my 1st try back in 2004. I agree with the person who said experience and prep do make a difference. I was a biller when I took the ISP thru AAPC I had never coded a surgery prior to taking the study program and then sitting for the test.

I took the CEMC last summer and passed on the 1st try as well. One of my biggest issues/weakness is that I have a reading comprehension issue I didn't think I'd finish the CEMC with those long notes that I had to read atleast twice! But I did it and well worth it.

I am wishing you the best on your test!
 

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I passed the first time, but had taken a PMCC course and had 8 years of experience beforehand.

It was not a piece of cake and I was a nervous wreck the 3 weeks it took to get the results online. I actually left the exam and cried all the way home because I was so scared that I had not passed it. :eek:
THREE WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not gonna make it! I'll lose it before then. I've been checking this website multiple times a day and I just took the test. I know it's not coming yet, I just can't help it.
Is three weeks the standard amount of time it takes to receive the results?
This is going to be a tough wait.:(
 

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I passed the first time (back in 2005). I took a prep class that lasted 8 hours every Saturday for a few months beforehand. I had no prior experience in billing or coding. Time was definitely an issue, but I managed to finish the exam with some time to spare. If I remember correctly, it did take a few weeks to learn whether I passed or not..

Good Luck to you!!!
 

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I passed the first time. :) I took a 10 week prep course, and just studied the guidelines and reviewed my medical terminology book and took the practice exam offered. The advice I was given, was use your first decision, do not spend to much time on one question, and start in the area where you are the most comfortable. Hope you here soon. Best wishes to you!!

Diana Overweg, CPC-A
 

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I took a 16 week prep course while working full-time and taking another computer course and I passed the first time. The key is not to panic, but to clearly read the question and the CPT code descriptions. Don't take too much time on one question and get bogged down and just keep plugging away.
 
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I passed the first try (back in 2006) without any PMCC or ISP, just 8 yrs experience & studying the books. I also did not think the exam was a piece of cake & felt quite brain dead after I finished. Time was tight so I ended up having to make educated guesses on my last few questions. I got my results within about 2 weeks but that was before they would post them on the website. Hopefully you will know much sooner!


Good luck! :D

Jennifer, CPC
 

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I was wondering for those that took the PMCC training .. what training is that? I passed the exam the 1st time as well - and didn't think it was too difficult - but by that time I had nearly 25 years of experience in billing and insurance. I had purchased a self study course from an advertisement in the CPT manual. Wondering if that was the PMCC?? Good luck. I'm sure you'll do fine!
 

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I passed on my first try. I didn't take any prep courses, but I did attend a community college for Medical Billing and Coding Specialist. I have been working in the Medical field as a Practice Manager which included every aspect of billing and coding from beginning to end over the past 3 years before I took the exam. Since I have become Certified, I now have transfered within the same company to a Coding Position. That has been my goal and I will soon be working from home! You can do it too! Just believe in yourself!
 

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Everyone i know failed the first time,but passed the second.I personally havent tried agian.but will soon.but i got my job with a retina specialist.hired off intern
 

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I passed the CPC exam the first time and I didn't have any Coding experience. Congratulations to you on passing your exam!!!! The wait is over.:)
 
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I took a PMCC course and passed the first time in 2003. I did not think it was easy and used every minute of the time allowed which is less than it is now. I took my CPC-H in 2008 and my CPC-P in 2009 and passed those as well on the first try.
 
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Diana Fitzpatrick, CPC-A

I passed first attempt in January. Now I am hoping to find someone to hire me so I can eliminate the "A". No externships are available in Western Massachusetts. The Springfield area is full of job opportunities for experienced coders. With RAC I understand the concern, however the job hunt is extremely frustrating. My local Chapter has been very helpful about sharing job postings, but so far no leads have been fruitful. Any suggestions??? Thanks in advance....
 

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:confused:I passed my CPC on the 4th try. with 74%.:)
My 4th time exam was after taking an online course for cpc-H.
After my collage course in coding & billing in a community collage, I scored with 66% for the 1st time.
2nd time scored 67%.:mad:
3rd time scored 68%.
4th finally I scored 74%, what a difference.:rolleyes:
All my 4 trys were with in a year.
 

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I passed the first time around and I was nervous as well. I was so afraid that I would run out of time that I didn't even get up to take a break, nor did I use the restroom. I'm sure that you did well.
 

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Passed!

I just passed after first try! I agree that it takes preparation. I took the AAPC online course and studied! It took me every second of the time they allow for testing. And YES it was hard! There were areas I didn't feel prepared for and others I breezed through! PREPARE is the best advise I can give to anyone. And GOOD LUCK.

Good News is, they post the results online and it only took 5 days before I knew my results! And Oh what a relief it was.
 

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passing grade

I am preparing to take the test for the first time in May. What is the passing grade or score that you have to recieve to pass the test? Is it more difficult to find a job in coding than in billing?
 

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I passed my first time too. At the time I took the test, I was 8 months prego, everyone in there thought I was nuts....lol. I sat close to the door (for bathroom breaks....lol) I was working for a billing company at the time, so I think that helped me with the test in all the different specialties. I now work for a different company. I just wish I could get paid for being certified. I'm still making what I was making not having my CPC. Anyone else have that problem? I guess I should just be thankful I even have a job :)
 

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I passed my first time too. At the time I took the test, I was 8 months prego, everyone in there thought I was nuts....lol. I sat close to the door (for bathroom breaks....lol) I was working for a billing company at the time, so I think that helped me with the test in all the different specialties. I now work for a different company. I just wish I could get paid for being certified. I'm still making what I was making not having my CPC. Anyone else have that problem? I guess I should just be thankful I even have a job :)
YES! Please be thankful that you have a job. Keep your eye out for coding positions though. I graduated the coarse in 2006 and waited until 2009 to take my test. When I first became certified, the position that I was in (Practice Manager) did not recognize it because it was not required for that position. I started watching the job posting within the company for a coding position and finally found one in August of 2009 and was hired. It pays ALOT more and I'm alot more happy. I accepted the position in August but was not able to transfer until December of 2009 because they had to find a replacement for me. That was the LONGEST wait EVER! My point is...never stop looking because they are out there and in HIGH demand for certification!
 

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The waiting is the worst!!! UGH! I did pass the first time, straight out of school with no coding experience...74%. I found, for me, the best thing to do is the questions that are easier for you then go back to the ones you have a hard time with. That way you don't waste the little bit of time you have.
The frustrating part is actually getting someone to hire you without experience. I actually am a medical receptionist (again) because it is so tough out there to get a billing or coding job!!! I had a 3.95 GPA and perfect attendence and still can't seem to find a coding job...and that is what I really want to do.

HOPE TO HEAR BACK FROM YOU SOON!!! :rolleyes: Hang in there.

Take care,
Sandra Stephens, CPC-A
 
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YES! Please be thankful that you have a job. Keep your eye out for coding positions though. I graduated the coarse in 2006 and waited until 2009 to take my test. When I first became certified, the position that I was in (Practice Manager) did not recognize it because it was not required for that position. I started watching the job posting within the company for a coding position and finally found one in August of 2009 and was hired. It pays ALOT more and I'm alot more happy. I accepted the position in August but was not able to transfer until December of 2009 because they had to find a replacement for me. That was the LONGEST wait EVER! My point is...never stop looking because they are out there and in HIGH demand for certification!
Chastity,
Thanks for the encouragement!! I graduated from my billing/coding college course in July 2009 and passed my CPC on the first attempt BUT, I still have not found a coding or billing postion. I also had a 3.95 GPA and perfect attendence! I have no previous billing or coding experience though. It is so frustrating!!!! :rolleyes:
Congratulation to you! Your story gives me hope that the right coding job is out there for me! Thanks again.

Blessings,
Sandra Stephens, CPC-A
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Chastity,
Thanks for the encouragement!! I graduated from my billing/coding college course in July 2009 and passed my CPC on the first attempt BUT, I still have not found a coding or billing postion. I also had a 3.95 GPA and perfect attendence! I have no previous billing or coding experience though. It is so frustrating!!!! :rolleyes:
Congratulation to you! Your story gives me hope that the right coding job is out there for me! Thanks again.

Blessings,
Sandra Stephens, CPC-A
Southern California
Congratulations to you as well! Try and learn as much as you can in your current position and ALWAYS let your manager know that you would like to learn more. They really love that! The more you learn, the more valuable you are. Even if it is not in your job description, learn it! Especially billing. When you get phone calls regarding patient bills; if you have to transfer the call because someone else handles it, take a look and try to find out what the problem is. Research on your own. Keep your eye out for billing or collector positions. Those pay good as well. It takes baby steps, but it is so worth it! I will soon be working from home and that is so exciting! Good luck and keep me posted!
 
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I passed the 1st time however, a friend of mine had to take the test twice. I agree with the prev post on the exam prep. I had two wonderful teachers that really knew their stuff and I had several years of exp.

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Just found out I passed the CPC exam I took on 3/20 :)! I took one online community college medical coding course and had a great instructor.
Carol CMA, CPC-A
 

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I am on the third time so don't give up... I am no a good test taker I have done the work book and gone to review sessions and test questions on line.. Don't give up
 

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I am on the third time so don't give up... I am no a good test taker I have done the work book and gone to review sessions and test questions on line.. Don't give up
You poor thing! I bet it's because you know that you are being timed. My son does aweful on his tests in school if they are timed, but can do great on the same exact test if he doesn't know that he is being timed.
 

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I passed the first time. I am 52 and hace been coding for 31 years. Found the test to be challenging but if you know how to read the books and follow the instruction of the rules..you soon find out that every question is answered in the books. I am sure you did fine.
 

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I passed the 1st time and with an hour to spare. So did 2 of my girlfriends that sat. I used to teach coding and billing and all 15 of my students that sat for the exam passed on their first try (the others that graduated from the program either didn't attempt the exam or I never hread from them that they did) I agree with one of the earlier posts, it's about preparation. Good luck !! Hope you passed !!!
 
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