I recently took the CPC exam and passed it on the first try with an 86%. I had ordered the practice exams, and consistently scored in the 70s, so I knew I had a chance.
The one thing that helped me more than anything else was crossing out answers that I knew were incorrect. This tip was listed in the Coding Edge publication, and it really does work! I focused on the correct ICD-9 code first, which eliminated 2-3 choices for each question which made selecting the correct answer much easier, as I did not have to look up every possible CPT code.
I also whole-heartedly agree with other posters who have stated to answer the easier questions first. Doing that will give you a confidence boost which will make the rest of the test seem easier.
Also, pace yourself! If you cannot answer a question within a minute or two, skip it and come back to it later if there is time.
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