Top 12 Questions about PNP-PC Qbanks & the Certification Exam

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October 21, 2020

Researching PNP-PC certification exam details and the best exam review methods can be overwhelming—especially when you’re balancing patient care, your personal life, and now preparing for your NP certification. Rather than doing the time-intensive searching yourself, you’ll find the answers to common questions here. This post will help clarify what types of exam review options exist, which one(s) are right for you, and what you need to know to prepare for the PNCB exam. Is there a question you’d like to see here? Let us know and we’ll get the answer for you.


What is PNCB PNP-PC certification?

The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) is the certifying body for Pediatric Primary Care NPs. If you pass the PNCB exam, your credentials will be CPNP-PC.

What is a PNP-PC exam review Qbank?

A question bank (Qbank for short) is a database of multiple-choice questions that helps you prepare for your certification exam. These questions are in the same format as the ones you’ll see on the actual exam (for example, no “All of the following except…” no “Which of these is incorrect?”) and should cover the topics included on the exam. 

The point of a Qbank is to help you simultaneously practice for the exam and learn about each topic (so you can figure out your weak points). To help with this, the Rosh Review Qbank includes detailed explanations with every question, including why the correct answer is correct—and just as importantly—why the incorrect answers are incorrect. These explanations also include related teaching images that distill the important information. And as a bonus, each Rosh Review Qbank question includes a One Step Further question: a short, fact-based question and answer related to the main topic. So every question in the Rosh Review Qbank is actually two questions to help further cement your understanding.

Should I use a Qbank for my CPNP-PC exam?

There are many ways to study for the exam, such as live courses, self-directed study, and Qbanks. You need to choose the option that’s best for you. We’re a Qbank company, so we (not surprisingly) think Qbanks are an excellent way to prepare for your test. The article How to Select the Best PNP-PC Exam Review will help you answer these questions:

  1. Do I need to use a Qbank?
  2. What criteria should I use to make a decision? 
Which PNP-PC Qbanks should I compare?

If you don’t have the time to read through the “How to Select a Qbank” article but know you’re interested in a Qbank or other resources, these are the companies we suggest trying. Compare them by signing up for a free trial and see which one is right for you:

  • Barkley & Associates
  • BoardVitals
  • Exam Edge
  • FHEA
  • PNCB resources
  • Rosh Review
How do I study for the CPNP-PC exam with a Qbank?

This detailed article about How to Increase Your CPNP-PC Exam Score includes our favorite study tips. Spoiler alert: you should target your “unknown unknowns.” Here’s how you do that:

  • Answer a question from a Qbank
  • If you answer incorrectly, read the explanation
  • Take notes about why the correct answer is correct, and make sure to take notes on anything in the explanation that you didn’t already know

If you do this for every question you answer incorrectly, and if you regularly review your notes and add information to topics as you do more questions, you’ll eventually determine your unknown unknowns. In return, you’ll uncover most of your blind spots that questions on the exam can ask about. 

The “How to Boost Your Score” article also includes day-of tips like which grammatical mistakes to keep an eye out for to help you narrow down answer choices. Our goal is to help you succeed, so read as many of these tips as you can before exam day.

How many questions are on the CPNP-PC exam?

It has 175 questions, which you have 3 hours to complete. 

Check the test content outline for content breakdowns.

How is the CPNP-PC exam scored?

Of the 175 questions, 150 are scored and 25 are not (called “pretest” questions). 

Pretest questions look just like the regular scored questions and are being vetted for their use as scored questions on future exams. You won’t be able to tell the difference between the pretest and scored questions, so just know that not all of the questions will affect your score.

Your total raw score (the number of scored questions you answered correctly) is then converted to a scaled score using statistics.

What is a passing score on the CPNP-PC exam?

The scaled score ranges from 200 to 800, and 400 is a passing score.

When does my PNP-PC certification expire?

You must recertify every year, and there are additional requirements over a 7-year cycle. Read more about CPNP-PC recertification.

What if I fail my CPNP-PC exam?

Life happens. Between practicing medicine, studying for the exam, having a personal life, and dealing with a global pandemic, there is always the possibility that you might not pass the exam. We believe in you, which is why your subscription is extended until you pass. Even if you didn’t use Rosh Review before taking your exam and you didn’t pass, you get a complimentary subscription until you succeed. We’re here to stand with you throughout your career—not just sell you a product and move on.

How do I get a discount on Rosh Review?

If you’re part of a group purchase or program purchase, you can receive a discount based on the number of people in your group or program. Active military personnel and to attendees of certain conferences can also get a discount. Otherwise, individual discounts are not available. We believe in what we offer, and we strive to continually elevate our Qbanks rather than racing to the bottom with constant discounts. You can read about Rosh Review’s Discounts, Promo Codes, and Coupons for more details.

Are Qbanks worth the money?

Depends on who you ask! Some people do better with live courses, while some swear they wouldn’t have passed their exam without a Qbank and that the cost was reasonable and well worth it. Your best bet is to try a free trial and determine what’s right for you. And if you choose Rosh Review, we’ll be with you every step of your career.


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