Do people pass aapc cpc exam on first try and how they do it

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If you are taking the AAPC CPC exam, then you will at some point ask yourself this question; do people pass their medical coding certification exam on their first try? And how do they do it? Although official figures are hard to come by, rough estimates suggests that only 40% to 50% of exam-takers pass on their first attempt.

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  • I have been looking for a forum regarding the AAPC CPC certification exam and I am glad I found this. I have taken the exam and failed 2x. I have 15 years of coding experience and a strong medical background. I felt like I passed the 3rd time out of luck because I still left out 60 numbers which I just shaded without looking at the questions. My friend who took the exam with me for the 4th times also passed but she said also out of good luck because half of the questions she answered just like mine , without looking at the questions. Your enemy here in this exam is the time element. My opinion with the CPC AAPC exam is that it is so unnecessary and if you think of it the 150 questions exam for 5 hours and 40 minutes is misleading. In most of the questions you have to choose 2 to 3 CPT codes and 2 to 3 ICD-9 codes as one of the 4 or 5 choices in just one number. What I am saying is that of the choices A, B, C, D & E, each would have 2 to 3 CPT code and 2 ot 3 ICD-9 codes that you have to check. So one question alone is like 6 to 7 questions already. So let us say out of the 150 questions, half of these have answer choises wiwth 4 to 6 CPT and ICD-9 codes in each answer choices. So that would be like 300 to 500 questions all in all. It is misleading to say that the exam is 150 questions which is actually not the case. I was wondering why there was a free re-take, now I know , because you have to take it 5 to 7 times. Is that not a lot of money? I have friends who took the AHIMA certification who have no medical background and fresh from coding course and no experience at all and took the test only once. There is something wrong here. I would like to try to take the AHIMA test and experience it myself.
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Do people pass aapc cpc exam on first try and how they do it

  1. 1. Do people pass their AAPC CPC exam on the first try, and how do they do it? Written by Jim H May (http://howtostudyforcpcexam.com/)
  2. 2. If you are taking the AAPC CPC exam, then you will at some point ask yourself this question; do people pass their medical coding certification exam on their first try? And how do they do it? Although official figures are hard to come by, rough estimates suggests that only 40% to 50% of exam-takers pass on their first attempt. The medical coding certification exam is no pushover Make no mistake, the CPC or Certified Professional Coder certification exam is a grueling marathon of an exam that takes nearly 6 hours long. Medical coding careers and its industry are growing fast because of the federal push for the implementation of electronic health records such as ICD-10. This translates to better salaries and career options, but also mean it is getting more competitive as more people like yourself try to get certified. But people do pass the CPC exam on the first try or attempt The good news is that 40% to 50% of people do pass on their first try, and there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to do the same. If you do a simple survey of those who passed on their first try, most will say the exam is tough. You will also find that the common things they all share is that they are well-prepared and have a good amount of previous coding experience. Some do pass without experience but these cases are rare. Almost all of their advice points to the same pattern, which is to: 1. Review the official study guides 2. Get yourself some coaching or online blitz review videos 3. Do plenty of AAPC practice or mock exams 4. Plan and practice your strategies for answering questions and time management If you fail the exam, you can retake it until you pass The other thing you might notice from the advice of those who passed is to keep calm and not give up. Those who failed the exam the first time just continued to retake the exam until they passed. Sometimes it takes a few attempts so as long as your scores
  3. 3. improve with each attempts then you're on the right track. If you fail you have one free retake within 12 months, so use the time well to get fully prepared. Recover fast and learn from your mistakes Before you retake the exam, it is worth examining what you felt was the problem. The most common complaint is the lack of time to finish answering all the question. Those who passed on their first attempt finished answering all their questions even if they thought it was tough. Based on the many advice out there, it is safe to conclude that perfecting your time management, question answering, and CPT lookup strategies is often the best way to improve your chances other than knowing your topics. Click here now to see a personal video message by an experienced CPC trainer! Jim regularly updates his website HowToStudyForCPCExam, about how to prepare and study for medical coding certification, medical coding in general, the certification exam, and related news about the industry. You'll find more great tips and useful resources to help you get certified. Click on this link to visit Jimʼs website now!

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