CPC Exam Layout | CPC Exam Preparation | What’s On the CPC Exam?

CPC Exam Layout | CPC Exam Preparation | What’s On the CPC Exam?


CPC Exam Layout – I say CPC because most of
the people that comes to these review classes are preparing for the CPC, some are preparing
for a AHIMA’s CCS-P, the physician-based exam that they have. Others might be taking the
CPC-H. Is there anyone here taking the “H”? Planning on it? Participant: Next weekend. Speaker: Okay, for the “H” everything you’re
going to learn here will help you with that exam; however, you need to supplement this.
I normally recommend getting the AAPC Study Guide for the reimbursement knowledge that
you need on that board exam. But for the CPC or the CCS-P, the physician-based board exams,
you don’t need to really know a lot of reimbursement stuff. It’s about coding guidelines that they’re
testing you on. Okay? I’m going to talk a little bit about the CPC
exam, it’s a 150 questions. It is 5 hours and 40 minutes now. Over the years, I have
been doing this since 1999, they’ve changed how much time you’ve had, they’ve changed
where you had to get a 70% in three sections; but as of today, you need to get a 70% overall
for all 150 questions. They all count the same. Those long OP reports with four and
five codes to look up are worth as much as a quickie medical terminology question. So,
I’m going to teach you some techniques, so keep that in mind. I’m a very visual person, so a lot of my teaching
methods come from how I taught me. This is basically what I did to cram; unfortunately,
I’m a procrastinator for studying the board exam. What I found is a lot of coders really
like that; the visual method resonates with them. So, picture in your mind a scantron
form, everyone has done those bubble forms, right? I retook the exam a couple of years
ago and it’s literally five columns of 30 questions each, which is kind of cool because
it’s a 5-hour and 40 -minute exam. Now, you can start to think of some strategies, timing,
because that’s really what a lot of this about, time management. You’ve got five columns. So, picture that
and picture A, B, C, D and your job is going to be, to pick the best of the four possible
answers. I’m going to ask you that throughout the next two days: What’s your job? To pick
the best of the four possible answers. Don’t overthink things. It’s an exam; it’s a multiple
choice exam. It’s not a real world “Here’s a note, code it.” Keep that in mind. So, 70% is what you need to pass. That means
that you can get 45 wrong and still pass, that’s a lot. Honestly, give yourself a break
because what we do, a lot of coders are very type A, and we wanted to really get that first
one done and move on to the next one and it makes us feel better. You don’t want to do
that. It’s about time management; it’s about quick, quick, quick in getting those answers
quickly. If it’s one that’s really stumping you, just say to yourself “That’s going to
be one of my 45,” let it go. “I have a 25% chance that I even got it right. It’s okay.”
As everyone probably knows, you got two tries for the same fee. I will let you know not
as a discouragement, but just as a heads up that the 2012 exam has been especially challenging.
I have been doing this since 1999. I know how people do. They’ll watch my videos, they’ll
email me and tell me; and for whatever reason in 2012, if anyone didn’t pass, they got a
68. Not a 64. All except for maybe one, 68. I don’t know what is about that, but I do
know that the exam is harder and I’m going to go over that which I haven’t done in years
past: How to handle multiple code answers. If you picture an exam question and then A,
B, C, D next to “A” they’ve got four codes to look up. Next to “B” four codes, next to
“C” four codes. It’s not like just one code in each answer, it’s multiple codes. You can
imagine how that’s going to slow you down, okay? I think they have a lot more of that
than they’ve had in years past based on feedback I’m getting from students who have already
taken it. Of course, I’m using 2013. I don’t know what that exam is going to be like. If any of you are planning on taking the exam
in 2013, then maybe they’ve made it a little easier. We don’t know. They don’t share that
information on how they make the test or whatever. I’m just letting you know how it’s been in
2012. That, if you don’t pass the first time, you are not in the minority. It’s happening
to a lot of people. So, if you have to take it twice, that’s okay. That’s what it’s for.


12 thoughts on “CPC Exam Layout | CPC Exam Preparation | What’s On the CPC Exam?

  1. Please give me information re: CCS EXAM.
    I must require my CCS/EXAM "ASAP"
    I appreciate your method of teaching and would appreciate ALL tips, video, CDs, ect. to be fully ready to pass this very involved exam on the 1st try!
    Thank You
    Paula

  2. hi.. i am so grateful for finding your site..  I took my first cpc exam last year August 2012.. I am retaking it this year March 8.. I am  so happy to hear of the extended 40 minutes as I only had 20 minutes left when i finished my test. and could have used another half hour as I "guessed" the last of the questions i could not answer…  i made a 56…  🙁    your site is a HUGE Help..   Thank you again

  3. I heard of such before that a few people have before got all 150 questions correct right on their first attempt without accommodations. If you happen to receive all 150 questions correct on the first attempt without accommodations, do you get some kind of an award, or maybe they reimburse your fee to you as a prize money?

  4. If you're a client of the Department of Rehabilitation, they can pay for your CPC Exam if coding certification is part of your Individualized Plan for Employment. In such cases, if you will be needing to purchase study guides either from the AAPC or other vendors to prepare for the CPC Exam, they will pay for the purchases as well.

  5. hi i am currently a student for MBC. I will be taking the CPC exam later this year. Do you guys have any advice as too what areas to study … terms , guidelines, etc. also what was your experience taking the exam how did you feel ?did you pass fail ?what would you do the next time .. just looking for some feedback your experience .. thank you !!!! Happy coding !!

  6. Hi,
    If it possible can I get past 3-5 exam paper in any format so that I can understand what was the question paper look like and other sequence.

    Regards
    Sumit Gautam

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