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new at cpc, i will take test october

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    I agree with what Kristy said. Don't try to code it by searching the index. Go straight to the answers given and match them up that way. I finished my first time with 45 minutes to spare and passed with 86%, I think. Most of them seemed pretty straight forward. Once you looked at the choices you could see the differences between the possible choices and catch how they were trying to fool you

    I read the question once, looked up the possible answers and then read the question a second time after reviewing the choices to confirm my understanding of it before moving on. I was so worried about time that I did this pretty quickly with each question and it worked out OK. Good luck.

    And I did a lot of the practice exams to test myself on how quickly I could find the answer and move on to the next. It's not about KNOWING the answers. It ALL about FINDING the answers.

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    I think another important thing to remember is that you are allowed to take the exam twice. No one wants to fail or have to take it a second time but don't work yourself up over the exam because you get that second chance. Try to have fun with it. I know that sounds nuts but keep a positive attitude. Tell yourself when you start that you are going to do the best you can and learn from taking the exam. Go over the A&P notes and terms so that they are fresh for you. These were easy for me so find find what is easy for you and do that first on the exam.

    Remember that guidelines are important. That is really what you are being tested on. Not looking up codes. The answers are given to you. You need to look for parenthetical notes surrounding the codes you are given under the subject you are testing on.

    Keep positive and lighten up on yourself!
    Alicia Scott, CPC, CPC-I, CRC
    Educational Director,,
    Have a Passion for Coding

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    To All of you so willing to help, Thanks for alll the tips, I do appreciate it, what a kind bunch here!!!

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