How Do People Pass Their AAPC CPC Exam on the First Attempt?

How to get CPC certificationThe question: is it possible to pass the medical coding certification exam on their first attempt? It is very natural to arise in your mind when you are thinking to take AAPC CPC exam. If so, how do they make the success? Although it is hard to come by official figures, rough estimates demonstrates that only forty to fifty percent among exam-takers can pass on their first try.

The medical coding certification exam is not easy target

Never mistake, the Certified Professional Coder certification or CPC exam is an exhausting marathon of an exam as it takes about 6 hours long. Medical Coding industry and its careers are growing rapid as there is push from federal to implement electronic health records like ICD-10. The result from this effort is better salaries and career options and another meaning is more competitive which you can read more here , since many other people like you are trying to become certified.

But people pass the CPC certification on their first attempt

The good news is that among all the examinees about 40-50 percent can pass the exam on their first attempt, and there is no reason that you will not be able to do the same. A simple survey reveals that, most of them who pass on the first attempt demonstrate the exam as sturdy. The common things shared by all of them are that, they have an excellent coding experience and are well-prepared. There are rare cases that some pass the exam although they are not experienced. The same pattern advised by almost all of them are:

• Official study guides review.
• Lots of AAPC mock exams and practice.
• Go for online blitz review videos and some coaching.
• Following the Strategies you have planned for answering questions.
• Great time management.

In case of failure retake the exam until you pass

Another noticeable thing from that advice is that those who passed was calm and not give up. Those who could not pass the exam at first attempt continued to retake the exam till they became passing. Very often it requires few attempts and improvement of your scores at each attempt is the sign of you are on right track. You have the opportunity of one retake within 12 months if you fail. So, utilizing your time best is the process of getting fully prepared.

Recover fast and learn from mistakes

It is better to scrutinize your problems before you retake the exam. The most critical and common issue complaint by them is the lack of time to finish the question answering. Those who passed on first attempt could finish answering full question although they felt it rough. Perfect time management, strategies for CPT Lookup and question answering are the best options to care to improve your chances.


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One response to “How Do People Pass Their AAPC CPC Exam on the First Attempt?”

  1. Channing says :

    I passed the exam on my first attempt! It is a difficult exam. Time management was the most important factor for me. Here are my 2 keys to passing the exam on the first attempt:

    Time management: Similar to an athletic event, I divided the test into 3 portions (50 questions). Before the test I ate heartily without filling my stomach. After the first 50 questions I took a 3 minute break, went to the restroom, and popped open my red bull. Through the next 50 questions I would drink my red bull and eat 2 bananas. I felt great through the first 100 questions. After 100 questions this time I took a 5-minute break, went to the restroom, got a good stretch and stepped outside to take in some fresh air and sunshine. I came back in for my final 50 questions fully refreshed. The final 50 questions were a breeze, especially since it was the first time we stepped away from the CPT. I had just enough time to comfortably take my time answering the questions I missed. (I used every minute of the 5:40hr given)

    Coding: Instead of reading the question first, I would look up the multiple choice answers and quickly read the descriptions first. Then, after reading the question I already had a good idea on what the answer was.

    These two factors played the biggest role in my successful exam. I had no experience coding, only a Coding Certification Course. I hope this helps and I hope you’re successful!

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