Prepare for Your CNA Test

In order to become a licensed certified nursing assistant, you must receive fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to registering for CNA classes at the American Red Cross, and pass written and skills exams after your coursework is complete. Depending upon where you live, CNA tests may be taken at an American Red Cross testing center or via another provider.

What to Expect

Although specific requirements vary by state, when you take your CNA exam at a Red Cross facility, you should generally:

  • Expect to complete a written exam and a hands-on skills test
  • Set aside an entire day for testing
  • Wear scrubs or a uniform and sturdy, comfortable shoes
  • Wear a watch with a second hand
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment
  • Bring a pen (blue or black ink) and pencil
  • Bring your lunch and/or snacks
  • Bring any prescribed medications that you might need throughout the day
  • Bring any required (and completed) forms, letters, and/or payment
  • Bring at least one form of photo identification and your social security card
Individual testing facilities may have their own requirements and/or recommendations. Please check with your facility prior to your CNA test appointment.

CNA Practice Tests - Some Red Cross CNA test facilities offer access to CNA practice test materials. Please check with your local American Red Cross testing center for details on the facility's requirements, practice tests, scheduling information and more.