The ANCC Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner board certification exam is an entry level exam that provides an evaluation of the candidate's clinical knowledge and skills of primary care of the adult and geriatric patients. Candidates who complete the eligibility requirements to take the exam and successfully pass the exam are awarded the credential of Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (AGPCNP-BC).
According to the ANCC Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Test Content Outline, the following topics are covered on the exam:
The AGPCNP Exam contains 200 questions, however only 175 are scored questions. The other 25 are pretest questions that do not affect a candidate’s score. The examination includes four types of questions: 1) multiple choice; 2) multiple response; 3) drag and drop; and 4) hot spot. Most of the test questions are multiple choice.
To familiarize candidates with the format of the exam, the ANCC provides Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Sample Questions.
The BoardVitals AGPCNP Question Bank contains approximately the same distribution of topics in a similar format to the actual exam.
The AANPCB AGNP Exam is one of two entry-level exams offered by the AANP. It is a competency-based exam for nurse practitioners to reflect their knowledge and expertise in the AGNP roles and population area of education.
According to the A-GNP FNP Candidate Handbook, the exam covers the following topics:
The AGNP exam is made up of 150 multiple-choice questions, 15 of which are pretest questions that do not count towards the candidate's score.
In 2016, the pass rate for the AGNP exam was 75.7%.
While it is always encouraged to prepare as early and as thoroughly as possible, enrolling in a review course is a decision based on your own personal circumstance and level of preparation. The BoardVitals Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Question Bank provides practice questions with detailed explanations and assessment to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. Given that the explanations in the question bank cover both correct and incorrect responses, they are often referred to as “mini-lectures” and candidates typically find these sufficient for understanding most topics.