Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Practice Exam

Take this free CNA practice test to get a sample of the types of questions on an actual Nursing Assistant certification exam.

A CNA exam typically has two parts, a written part and a skills part.  The written part of the test is typically in a multiple choice format and evaluates your knowledge of the subjects that CNAs are expected to know. Subjects that will be included in the test are: CNA Roles, Observation, Reporting and Abbreviations, Safety and Managing Behavior, Emergencies, Personal Care Skills, Infection Control and Blood Borne Pathogens, Caring for All Ages, Common Physical and Emotional Problems, Care of the Dying Person at the End of Life and Legal and Ethical Issues.  All of these topics, or subjects, were covered in your CNA training program. The test will typically have 50 to 70 multiple choice questions, like the ones you will see in our CNA Practice Test.

For complete practice, try the CNA Practice Exam Kit with 300 questions, fully explained answers, instant scoring and review.  The kit includes an online test to simulate the actual exam. 

CNA Roles, Roles of Others and Teamwork

1. Nursing assistants work in a lot of different places. One place that CNAs work is a skilled nursing facility. This type of facility is also called a ______________.
2. Many people, particularly older people, go to what kind of healthcare facility after they are discharged from a hospital after a stroke?

Legal and Ethical Aspects of the CNA Role

3. The CNA can legally ____________.
4. The director of nursing at your long term care nursing home has assigned you to be in charge of the nursing home for the weekend because she is going away on a cruise vacation to the Caribbean. What should you do?

Priorities and Priority Setting

5. Who developed the Hierarchy of Needs?
Certified Nursing Assistant Practice exam
6. The levels of Maslow's hierarchy are ___________________.

Acceptable and Unacceptable Abbreviations

7. You are the CNA caring for Mrs. Thomas. You see a notation on the nursing care plan that states, "ambulate at least 10 yards qid". This patient will be assisted with ambulation at which of the following times?
8. The RN asks you to bring the unit's collected lab specimens to the lab "stat". You should ______________.

Observation, Reporting and Abbreviations

9. Which of the following lists the five senses?
10. What senses do nursing assistants use to observe patients and residents?

Safety and Managing Behavior

11. Which risk factor places patients and residents at the greatest risk for falls?
12. Which sensory impairment places residents and patients at risk for falls?

Disasters and Emergencies

13. The fire alarms in your nursing home begin ringing. Nobody on your unit is in immediate danger. You must now ____________.
14. A small contained fire breaks out in a small trash can near the lobby of the nursing home. No visitors or residents are in immediate danger. You have pulled the alarm, what should you do next?

Personal Care Skills

15. When cleansing the genital area during perineal care, the nurse aide should _______________.
16. ____________ may result when patients or residents ignore the urge to defecate.

Infections, Infection Control and Blood Borne Pathogens

17. The chain of infection includes the ________________.
18. Asepsis is defined as ________________.

Caring for All Ages and Health Maintenance and Restoration

19. Mobility is an important human function. The hazards of immobility lead to many physical problems and emotional problems. Immobility can lead to detrimental cardiac, muscular, respiratory, skeletal, urinary, gastrointestinal, skin and emotional changes. Which of the following is an example of a skeletal hazard of immobility?
20. An emotional consequence of immobility is: ________________.

Common Physical and Emotional Problems

21. Your patient is saying that they have chest pain and "a pounding heart". You touch the person's arm and you feel moisture. The patient is sweating and your also see that the person's lips are blue. These signs and symptoms indicate that the person is most likely _______________.
22. You are caring for Thomas N. Thomas is 77 years old. He has edema, or swelling, in his legs and he has a fluid restriction in terms of his fluid intake. You have been assigned to weigh him daily. Based on these symptoms and the care that he is being given, what disorder is he most likely affected with?

Care of the Dying Person at the End of Life

23. Which is considered a "normal" or "healthy" type of grief?
24. The Grant family has just lost a loved one. A family member informs you that their culture does not permit a dead person to be left alone before burial. Hospital policy states that all bodies are to be stored in the hospital morgue. How would you best handle this situation?