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    Cool Second time a charm?

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    I took the CPC the first time back in June. I got a 69 and was SO bummed!! I took a six month class from an AAPC instructor, and felt I was ready. My instructor was very encouraging and told me, she knew of many coding managers that had to take it twice to pass. I am retaking the exam this Saturday. I have taken the practice exams on the AAPC website, plus all of the recommended 10 question quizzes. I am reading the guidelines, and reviewing my modifiers. I've spent a good chunk of money preparing for this, and hope to pass this time.

  2. #12
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    Apr 2007
    Maryville, IL


    I also took the test this past saturday, but I wasnt looking at it as a test but more as measure of the things I learned. This helped me to not stress over it. I took a test prep class, that was part of my degree in coding and was based on the Carol Buck book, the instructor is a proctor for the exam so it helped. The main thing she stressed to us was the time to complete. I had 12 minutes to spare. The main problem I had during the exam, and it was only a couple of the questions, was the way they were worded threw me off. I agree there are no practice test you can take to fully prepare you, but if you can complete in the allotted time, know your modifiers and guidelines you should do well. Knowing these things will help you eliminate at least one of the choices given and then you can concentrate on the good possibilities. Also, do the easy ones first, i.e. if you are good at terms go to that section first and so on or if there are five questions and two of them only have two codes do those first. This will save you time because there are a few that have five or six codes to look up. Make sure you know the order to code as well, it helps.

    Good Luck to you!

  3. #13

    Default CPC Exam

    I totally agree with jbibler, get your hands on every practice test that you can. I ordered several from the AAPC website, and also ordered the study guide, well worth the money, and study, study, study!!! On the actual CPC exam look at the four answers if there is an odd code it more than likely is not the answer, avoid the real long questions until the end, because your on a schedule and you want to knock as much time off with the short easy questions first. It all boils down to you having 2min 15 sec per question DO NOT look at the clock, and try to go at a steady pace, once again try not to look at a clock. When I sat the exam I never looked at the clock until I was finished and had 18 min left so I was able to take a quick look at my test to make sure I answered all the questions, and if there was one I wasn't sure about, I had a little time to review it to see if I wanted to change the answer. If you get to the end and you are running out of time, and you have some unanswered questions, then make an educated guess, whatever you do don't leave anything blank, because you have a 25% chance of getting it right. Everyone has their own way of preparing for a test, I guess my way may not work for everyone, but I passed the first time, now finding the job to use your newly aquired skills is a whole different animal!! Don't give up and GOOD LUCK !!

  4. #14
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    Apr 2007
    St. Louis, MO

    Default Test well

    All the advice given was great. I agree that if you can purchase the coding blitz cd's it will really help you. You can go to her website and register for webinars as well. I know the author is on the network so you could do a search for Coding Blitz. Her name is Laureen I think. I feel bad that off the top of my head I can't remember all the information. I believe her website might be: www.codingcertification.org

    That being said, it is not uncommon to have to take the exam twice. You can be the best coder in the area and you don't test well. I didn't pass the first time. Even ran out of time but the second time I got done early. The key is to do the sections first you know the best. I took my CPC backwards. Started with 150 and worked forward. Did this with my other certification as well.
    Alicia Scott, CPC, CPC-I, CRC
    Educational Director, CCO.us,
    Have a Passion for Coding

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    Got my results today & failed w/54%. I was no where near finished (think I may have finished a little more than 1/2 & just filled in rest), so wasn't shocked by the results. I'm a little unclear on how they scored the different areas when I was going over the results. The highest I got was one area of 50%?

    Even though I felt like not retaking again b/c it's not anyway you want to spend a day & not pass - I guess I'd be foolish not to at least "try" since it's a free re-take & hope that all my wkends of studying from here to then won't be anymore wasted time I know my main problem was speed, so if I pick that up, then I might have a chance. I also started at the back of the book & applied many of the tips given - so. But I do think I will have even more of a strategy next time & I agree w/the person who said look at it more in terms of getting at least 105 correct.

  6. #16

    Default same boat

    I too received my results.....uggggh!!! I know I can code...but failed this test...I feel depressed because I studied so hard...better luck to you on your next try...

  7. #17
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    Apr 2007
    Maryville, IL


    I passed first time around.

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    Apr 2007


    Would you mind sending me the practice exams you have? mimi.oneal@gmail.com

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    I am going to take the exam in December and am currently in a class to get me familiar with all of it, my professors said that realistically we would definitely be able to pass after the course is over, I am just wondering if any of you have practice exams you would be willing to send me, I would be more than appreciative, thorntonjs@hotmail.com,
    Thank you so much!

  10. #20

    Default preparing for the CPC again

    I appreciate all the posts on this forum, it reminds me I am not alone in the 2nd attempt at the CPC. I did so well on my final (through school) that I think I went into the CPC a little too confident. I had to guess on the last 7-10 (as I worked my way through the ones I skipped) bc I didn't have a good grasp on the time management. I agree too, about the unusual wording. I purchased 2 practice tests before hand and now I think I will eventually purchase the rest before I take it a second time.


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