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    Do all of these areas need to be over 70% for me to pass the exam?

    10000 Series:
    20000 Series :
    40000 Series :
    50000 Series:
    Anatomy/Med Term:
    Anesthesia:
    Coding Guidelines/Practice Management:
    E/M:
    HCPCS:
    ICD-9-CM:
    Lab and Path
    Medicine:
    Radiology:

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    No. You just need a 70% overall.
    Brittany Purcell, CPC

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    Thank you for the clarification on the overall score of 70%. With that being said, what would be an estimated percentage that would be needed for each series to obtain that 70% overall? I do understand that depending on the number of questions per series the percentage would differ but I am looking for some type of target to aim for.

    I am getting so frustrated, I will need to retake the CPC exam for the 3rd time next month. I obviously must find another technique to achieve that 70% overall score as its clear my previous ones are not correct. I am looking again for some type of benchmark to aim for because I don't know how many more times I can possibly go through the agony of taking the exam, waiting for the test results and seeing a FAIL.

    Thank you for any help you can give!

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    I am so glad to know that 70% overall is the anwser, my instruster stated 70% in each section.

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    How has your strategy been during the last two attempts at taking the test? I know some people say do the easier questions first but to me that wasn't the best strategy. I looked at it this way, if I got all the easier answers out of the way it left only the longer ones to read and then answer. Time is ticking. I'd rather be left with the easier ones to quickly figure out at the end rather than long scenerios.

    Eliminate bad answer choices. There is no need to look up every single code. When you come across a code that doesn't belong for the question at hand cross it out, move on to the next.

    When you received your scores last time you should've been told what areas you are struggling in. Really review those areas. Don't focus on how many you can miss in each section. Let's face it, you won't know if an anwser is right or wrong so how will you determine how many you've missed in any given area?

    Have you taken the practice exams that the AAPC has available? Those help tremendously!

    Do NOT leave any blank answers!!

    Third time may be the charm

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    YEs it overall 70% to pass so its little easy ... so your main trick should be to analyse yourself and find which are easy sections for you and score maximum in them ..

    see marks wise you take out of 150 you have to score 105 .. so you have margin of 45 mark which you can make wrong... so this make it more easy...

    see so if you find surgery which is a major section for 60 marks though so if you make rest very perfect.. so you can overlook eaisly 3 tough sections of surgery... with no fear...


    theirs lot to say about cpc exam... and it also varies from person to person ...


    So study hard and

    "All the best"

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    I found a great resource to use codingcertification.org. the instructor is Laureen Jandroep, CPC, CPC-I. I ordered her program and studied with her. She went over the areas that we would be tested on, told you how to mark and highlight your books for easy reference and she even took the cpc exam again in 2012 to give you an idea of how they were testing. I passed on the first try but would not have if I had not taken her course. I also ordered and did the on line aapc practice exams (all three). They also helped, I think some of the questions on the certification exam were on the practice exams. Good luck, I am pulling for you.

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    If you passed a certain area once you have received what you failed. Do you have to retake the entire test again or the parts you did not do well in?

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    Sadly you have to retake the entire test.
    Kathleen Johnson
    CPC-A
    Orlando Chapter

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    It wasn't clear if you had the study guide and the practice test. I started with taking the practice test and seeing where I went wrong with any incorrect question. I also read & re-read the guidelines. I started with the codes I felt more comfortable, V-codes, E-codes, E/M etc. Once you see 1 code in the answer is incorrect, go to the next line. Once you know 1 code is correct, if it isn't in the other answers, cross them out. Take a review class before the test. They are very helpful and have a lot of recommendation. Never focus on how many you can get wrong.

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