Taming the Beast: Tips for the CPC Exam

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The CPC is a beast you need to tackle and defeat after you complete your medical coding and billing training. It’s a 5 hour and 40 minute exam on paper, which means you will be filling in bubbles with a good old #2 pencil. There are 150 multiple choice questions on the exam, and the multiple choice format is key to your success on this test because of the time constraints. I took the CPC a few months ago; the following is the rundown of my experience with some tips thrown in for good measure.

My prep for the CPC was focused on the CPT codebook. I studied one CPT section at a time as well as reviewing the modifiers (this was probably about 8 hours of total study time). I decided on this strategy from looking at the tested categories listed on the AAPC website, it looked like they focused on all the sections of the CPT. This was made clear during the exam when I found that the test questions were broken down into sections—the majority of which were CPT codebook sections.

I also used one of the 50-question prep exams that I purchased online from the AAPC. This was a decent tool, mostly for judging my timing. I figured I would have about 3 minutes for each of the coding scenarios, which made me sweat a little. Sitting for a big test makes me nervous enough without adding in the element of timing.

I reviewed a little the day before the exam to calm myself down. I went to bed early, partially because I’m an old man about my bedtime, but mostly because I had to get up at 5:30am to make the drive to Salt Lake City in order to take the exam. The exam was in a conference room at a hospital, and they let us bring snacks and drinks. If you’re allowed to bring snacks too bring things that are quiet (not in a plastic grocery bag that rustles every time it moves) and don’t stink (hardboiled eggs do not smell good, people!) to be courteous to others.

Here is my short list of testing tips:

  • Skip the index. Use the multiple choice options given and go straight to the codes and start matching the code descriptions to your scenario.
  • Keep your CPT book open to the section you are being tested on. All the questions in a section are from the same category in the CPT book. Flipping pages all over the book is a waste of valuable time.
  • Skip the questions that look like they will take a long time. Work through the rest of the exam and come back to the long ones at the end. Make sure you keep your answer sheet straight when you skip!
  • Move quickly but pay close attention to key words in the scenarios that change code selection.
  • When you working through the items you skipped and any that you get stuck on, use the process of elimination. You can usually eliminate 2 possibilities very quickly and focus on good codes.
  • Don’t leave any items blank. A guess has a 25% chance of being correct, a blank has 0%.

CPC is a highly sought after credential on job postings. Career Step’s medical billing and coding course does a great job preparing students for this exam. With your CS training and the tips above, you too can tame the beast!

If you’re looking for tips for the CCA exam, check out this blog post.

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  1. Amela Komlan March 14, 2014

    Thank you for your tips and advice to those who will take the CPC exam. I supposed to take it last month but because of family issue I didn’t. I will probably take it next month. Like you said, I bought the 3 practices exam from CPC and I practice as many as I can. I also bought the book of Carol J Buck, step by step medical coding which allows me to go over the course in a whole. I just hope all of this work for me. Again thanks for your advice.

  2. Craig Laursen March 21, 2014

    Thank you for the comment! We wish you the best of luck on the exam. Please call or email us if you have any questions.

  3. Susan Parker April 01, 2014

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve only just received my CPT code book , so I’m not there yet. But can you tell me- can we take our icd9 and CPT code books into exam with us?

  4. Craig Laursen April 02, 2014

    Hi Susan! For the CPC exam you are allowed to take your ICD-9, CPT and HCPCS codebooks into the exam. Good luck and let us know if you have any more questions!

  5. Annette May 01, 2014

    I am no where near this since i just started the course. But i am already worried about this test i do not do good under pressure. And have always did bad on timed test. Even when it is stuff i know. Any suggestions so i do not stress this whole course over one test.

  6. Craig May 06, 2014

    Annette - I think it is most important to keep in mind that our course prepares you to take this exam. All of your foundational coding knowledge for this exam will come from the work you put in to your course. The best advice I can offer is to work through the modules, ask a lot of questions, retake Unit Tests and Module Exams when you need to, and keep in touch with student support - these will all lead you to success.

  7. sandeep sharma May 09, 2014

    can you please provide me sample papers of cpc. i am preparing to give the exam on next month. i dnt have sample papers.i want real time practice of exam through sample papers, and want to judge how much time will take on each section.

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  8. Career Step May 13, 2014

    Hi Sandeep,

    You can purchase online practice exams from AAPC here: http://www.aapc.com/training/practice-exams.aspx.

    Best wishes as you’re preparing for and taking the exam.

  9. Michelle Carrero October 22, 2014

    I took the cpc exam Saturday, and I’m pretty sure I failed it. Pretty much ran out of time,and was forced to guess on about 25 of the questions left. Feeling defeated and frustrated. Scheduled to take it again 12/18/14. Praying I can figure out a method to help me be more quick.

  10. Instructor Craig Laursen October 23, 2014


    Don’t let your first experience with the CPC decrease your determination to pass on the 2nd try! Running out of time is the most common reason students fail the CPC. Chalk it up as a learning experience. Now you know exactly what to expect and what to focus on for improvement and speed.

    I have had a few students tell me about these videos on YouTube for CPC Prep:


    Hopefully those will provide some more strategy ideas for you. You have plenty of time for more prep. I would encourage you to focus your prep on strategy as opposed to concepts.

    The other factor here is your mindset and attitude. Remember, this is your opportunity to show what you know! No reason to be intimidated - you have already “been there, done that.” Attack the exam and show it who’s boss! You have been well trained, now you get to prove how hard you’ve worked.

    Please call or email us if you have any questions while you’re studying.

  11. chandru October 29, 2014

    Hi Craig,

    I’m planning to write cpc but I’m not confident whether i’ll pass or not, afraid of it can you help me to get success in cpt.

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  12. Donna November 06, 2014

    I am preparing for the exam using AAPC physician based medical coding. I purchase it back in Jan2014..its 20 chapters and I am just on number 8. This is the hardest thing I had to do. I have been a medical biller for over 20 years but I only did a/r and collections. I did some coding but not to this capacity.  The terminology/anatomy is really hard and I am really starting to give up. I have failed 2 practice exam twice. I have a really great job but the physician wants me to be a certified coder. I don’t know if i can do it :(

  13. Instrcutor Craig Laursen November 11, 2014

    Hi Donna,
    I am not very familiar with the AAPC training course and how it is designed. My first thought is that if you are taking the AAPC practice exams they are very difficult, especially if you have not completed a training course.

    The Career Step course provides a very measured approach to Med Term and Anatomy. We encourage you to use resources and learn by becoming familiar with the medical language through repeated exposure, in context, as opposed to memorization.

    Keep in mind that repeated practice in authentic scenarios is the most effective way to learn how to assign codes correctly. This is essential because of the great variability in patient encounters. At the end of our course, we give our students over 250 real medical reports to code giving them the opportunity to learn abstraction and code assignment in a wide variety of contexts. This is amazing practice for both the CPC exam and for the workplace. Not sure if the AAPC course has a practicum section, but if so, this experience will be invaluable as you prepare for certification.

    Hang in there! Coding is NOT easy. It is also not something that you learn completely your first time through and then you’re just done. You will continue to learn and develop your skills for years to come. This happens to be one of the most rewarding parts of a coding career. All the hard work will be worth it!

    - Craig

  14. linda Smith December 13, 2014

    I just took the CPC exam and I have no idea on how I did . I found the practice exams on the AAPC site were not at all like the exam . You had to play a guessing game on some procedures and Im a RN who reads op notes , Some were spelled out like MOHS surgery and the rest was Greek . Guess Ill wait till I get the results . I think its geared for people who have major coding experience

  15. Instructor Craig Laursen December 15, 2014

    The CPC exam is definitely challenging! They tend to make the questions “all about the details,” which means they will hide some details somewhere in the scenario and expect you to match those details to the code descriptions. It really takes a lot of strategy.

    If you take the test again, I would recommend using the practice exams as opposed to the study guide. These tend to give you a better idea of what the questions are like on the test. Your training is enough for you to pass the CPC, but practice and strategy are also keys to success.


  16. sara January 12, 2015

    I want to know that exam center will provide me with the cpt book,  or do I have to bring mine?

  17. Career Step January 13, 2015

    Hi Sara,

    You will need to bring your own CPT book.

    Best of luck on the exam!

  18. Tisha January 22, 2015

    Attempting cpc exam again next Saturday I’m very stressed and upset over it. I don’t feel confident now that I failed once. Can you help me?

  19. Career Step January 23, 2015

    Hi Tisha,

    The tips above should help and you may also want to check out this post with CPC FAQs: http://www.careerstep.com/blog/coding-and-billing/certified-professional-coder-cpc-exam-frequently-asked-questions. There are a few tips at the bottom of the post.

    It may also help to look at your first experience as a learning/trial run. You went in and got a feel for what was on the exam, and now you can be more confident because you know what to expect and what you’re getting yourself into.

    Best of luck on the exam!

  20. Kate February 13, 2015

    Thanks for your awesome blog Craig. I was definitely scared of taking the CPC exam and with these tips I feel a lot better about taking it smile

  21. Tonya April 02, 2015

    I’ve taken the exam 4 times so far,  each time getting a higher score but still not high enough to pass.  For me it’s a time issue. I’m trying to read faster but still can’t finish in time. What can I do to pass?  I’m getting frustrated and discouraged

  22. Instructor Craig Laursen April 08, 2015

    Hi Tonya!

    Timing is tough to solve without some good practice. Particularly timed practice. The AAPC practice exams can help you with this.

    I would also really recommend skipping the index. Don’t even open that part of the book! You need to start eliminating incorrect answers as quickly as possible and the best way to do that is to read the code descriptions in the numerical section.


  23. Robin April 14, 2015

    What do you mean by skipping the index?  Do you tab the pages that you have skipped questions so that they are easily found….worried if I skip I wont be able to find them?!

  24. Instructor Craig Laursen April 15, 2015

    Skipping the index means not taking the time to look up codes in the CPT index. Rather than indexing codes, it is more efficient during the CPC to use the codes given to you in the multiple choice options and go straight to the numerical section. This strategy saves time and allows you to focus on the keywords and detail in both the code descriptions and the scenarios you are given. It also allows you to eliminate incorrect choices very quickly.


  25. Debbie April 17, 2015

    I will be taking the cpc exam for the 3rd time next week. First time I got a 66%...Second time I got a 57%...I was not in the right frame of mind to take it the second time but did it just the same….So I’m hoping the 3rd time will be the trick…Wish me luck !

  26. Career Step April 20, 2015

    Hi Debbie,

    Fingers crossed that third times is the charm! We’re rooting for you! =)

    Best of luck!

  27. Maria April 23, 2015

    I failed it twice already and scheduled to take it again. I’m terrified now cuz I’m financially invested but doubting my career choice since I failed. I just ordered the AAPC timed practice tests but they seem harder than the actual test! Any advice??
    Thank u!

  28. Career Step April 24, 2015

    Hi Maria,

    Don’t worry—tests can be tricky, and just because you’re having issues with a test doesn’t mean you need to doubt your career choice.

    We recommend that you work really hard with that practice test to prepare for your next retake. Those tests are excellent preparation, and if you can get to the point where you’re doing well on the practice exam then you’ll know you’re ready to take the actual exam again.

    Best wishes!

  29. Jason April 24, 2015

    Thank you, in truth, I pretty much ignore the index, One of the first rules, never code directly from there!  Keeping the manual open to the right section is a great idea Thank you!  Thanks for all your assistance!

  30. Sandra May 24, 2015

    Studying for June 6. Skipping the index is a good tip. But I have a question on the AAPC practice exams. Am I aiming at finishing all the three (50) question practice exams in 5:40 ? Or one exam? Asking since the real exam is 150 questions. I am able to finishe one practice exam in 4.5 to 5.5 hours, really need a lot of work to be able to do three practices in that time. Thank you!

  31. AAPC practice exams contain 50 questions. The real certification will have 150 questions with coding scenarios, and other questions as well. The practice exam probably focuses on coding scenarios because a large portion of the exam consists of coding questions and this is typically the section where the most practice is needed. The CPC is 5 hours and 40 minutes long, and consists of 150 questions. See appc.com for more info.

  32. Sheron June 05, 2015

    Hello, I am studying for the cpc exam for September 12, 2015. I am very nervous although I have an associates degree in medical billing/coding which I received in June 2007 and been working as a medical biller for the past 8 years. I have been studying from the AAPC CPC study guide. Have anyone study from it and if so what technique did you use. I also have practice exam with 150 multiple choice.

  33. I have not used the AAPC study guide, but make sure you go through your guidelines for both ICD and CPT. Highlight the guidelines. When you are taking your practice test, practice completing this within the 5 hr 40 min time from. Check your answers to see where you need to work, Study the info that you missed, and then take your practice exam again. If the local AAPC chapter is offering a CPC review class, this is a good resource as it is a comprehensive review.

  34. manali July 23, 2015

    I have completed the medical coding course just 1week back. I had ICD10 so I want to appear for the cpc exam with ICD10.as I read on the AAPC site its said that in October ICD10 will be in the cpc exam. is it.I am planning for the October exam. Is it wise as I don’t have any medical coding experience.

  35. AAPC will switch their CPC exam over to ICD-10 beginning January of 2016. AHIMA is switching the CCA exam to ICD-10 beginning on October 12, 2015. Even though you don’t have any medical coding experience it is still a good idea to become certified while the information is still fresh in your mind. Also, being certified will help set you apart with prospective employers, and will hopefully help you get employment faster. Good luck with your studies and taking the exam.

  36. Keila Nieves August 13, 2015

    I have completed the medical coding course also and I;m going to take the text on September 26. I’m studying from the AAPC Study guide. I have a question, what kind of note can I write on my books that will help me pass the exam? I can write medical terms and anatomy references? I practicing a lot but I want to know if this kind of note will help me more.Thanks!!!

  37. Coding Support August 14, 2015

    AAPC is okay with handwritten notes in the coding books.  We recommend making notes on anything that you find helpful.  As you work through the program you will become familiar with what type of information is helpful to you, and we recommend making a note of it in the coding books.

    It is quite common to make Evaluation/Management notes in the cpt book, because E/M worksheets are not permitted for use during certification exams.

  38. Christina August 15, 2015

    How many questions are on medical term and anatomy? What kind of questions are there? Do I need to label anything? This is the area I am really struggling in and need to get prepared

  39. Coding Support August 17, 2015

    Medical term and anatomy questions are all multiple/choice true/false.  If you have a general understanding of these topics you will do fine, no need to memorize spelling!

  40. Rubi August 26, 2015

    I’ll be taking the CPC test on Saturday, I’m a little nervous.Thank you for the tips.

  41. Rubi August 26, 2015

    How do I eliminate the two possibilities and focused on good ones? Any tip?

  42. Coding Support August 27, 2015

    Usually applying the guidelines and coding rules helps to eliminate answers that are not feasible. This could be the code does not exist, it is missing a fourth or fifth digit, it requires an additional code, or maybe a code first code is missing, ext.

  43. Michele Marano September 13, 2015

    If you don’t have enough time to answer all the icd 10 exam questions will the questions be counted as wro d

  44. Coding Support September 16, 2015

    On the coding certification exams, if there are questions that are left unanswered then they will be marked as wrong on the exam. Good luck with your studies.

  45. Andrew Ferguson September 25, 2015

    I’m just starting to prepare for the CPC exam. Since the standard is changing to ICD-10 on October 1, I’ve put all my focus on ICD-10. Does the current exam still focus on ICD-9 or will those questions go away since they will be obsolete?

  46. Bosslady September 28, 2015

    I’m taking my test for the second time I ran out of time on my first test which cause me to HAVE to guess on the question did not want to leave them blank. Any tips on speed?

  47. Coding Support September 29, 2015

    We have ICD-9 training programs, and ICD-10 training programs.  Many of our current ICD-9 learners are upgrading to ICD-10, as the new code set will be implemented on October 1st.  If you complete a I-9 program, the test will be available through the end of the year.
    I-10 programs will reference I-10 codes on the final.

  48. Coding Support September 30, 2015

    Bosslady: With the certification being multiple choice, it can save time to just reference the four options, instead of trying to find a code from scratch. 
    The more familiar you are with coding guidelines, the less time you will need to reference the actual rules during the timed test. 
    It can also be helpful to practice with a stop watch to try to increase your speed. Good luck!

  49. MaryAnn Golden October 16, 2015

    I am an RN in UM/CM and I would like to get certified in coding. Which is the most comprehensive test, or do I have to take both?
    Also, where can I find free sample test questions?

    Thank you so much!


  50. Instructor Randy Johnson October 23, 2015

    The most comprehensive exam is CPC. You only need to take one certification exam. There are not any free sample test questions. You can purchase practice exams at http://www.aapc.com.

  51. Rob October 27, 2015

    I just found out I didn’t pass the first time. My biggest challenge was time management. I will be taking the retake in a month. I just purchased the 3 practice exam to help me with my speed. I wish I had purchased those before the first exam.  While taking the exam is it faster too circle all may answers in the booklet first and then fill in the digital sheet at the end?

  52. Abhilash S October 28, 2015

    I have plan to take exam on November or December, Can we take CPT ICD and HCPCS book with us, or examiner will provide the book? please can you let me know as soon as possible.

    Thank you!

    Abhilash s.

  53. Instructor Michelle Malquist October 28, 2015


    You are able to bring your own CPT, ICD-9, and HCPCS books into the test. Just make sure that you do not have any extra pages with instructions or sticky notes with instruction, or they will be removed. Handwritten notes in the book are ok. Good luck with the CPC!

  54. Instructor Michelle Malquist October 28, 2015


    I happy to hear that you purchased the practice exams. I think it is better to fill in your answers as you go, so that you don’t risk not having enough time to fill in all the bubbles on the test grid. While you are taking the test, don’t use the index, as all of the codes are given to you. If you have the same code in all 4 selections, look up all of the other codes. If there is a CPC review class being offered in your area by the local AAPC chapter, I would highly recommend attending. Good luck with your studies.

  55. cynthia November 14, 2015

    Hello I am taking my cpc exam on 12/26/15. What happen if I do not pass it on the first time can I still retake the exam on 2016 based on icd-9. please let me know.

  56. Instructor Randy Johnson November 19, 2015

    If you need to retake the CPC exam in 2016 it will be based on ICD-10 codes. For more information regarding this contact AAPC at 1-800-626-2633.

  57. Kasia January 19, 2016

    I completed school for this and took certification through NCCT and passed at the top of my class, so I am certified biller/coder. Are you familiar with that company and do you know how it would compare to AAPC CPC exam?

  58. Instructor Michelle Malquist January 19, 2016


    The CPC exam is a much more difficult and rigorous exam than the NCICS through NCCT. To help you prepare for this, See if your local AAPC chapter is having a CPC review class. There are also practice exams that you are able to purchase from the AAPC website if you choose to do so. Good luck with your studies.

  59. Mel January 21, 2016

    I finished the program online - self taught…boy is it mind/brain intense. Coming from a medical background it’s nothing what I taught.

    Would you happen to know if they will allow you in the computer? As I have purchased access for the CPT/ICD-9/10 online as I was doing my school work.

    Would you happen to know where or how to start looking into to take exam at - Dallas, TX

  60. Coding Support January 28, 2016

    The CPC exam is a paper based test, using computers is not allowed.  The CCA is administered on a computer, but you are not allowed to use other resources, references or programs during the test.
    to take the certification tests you are required to bring hard copies of the coding books.  Please see AAPC.com and AHIMA.org for a listing of approved books.
    For a listing of CPC exam test locations and times please see: aapc.com/cpc

    For ahima, please go to pearsonvue.com for a listing of test proctors in your area.

  61. Kella February 02, 2016

    Hi, anybody out there who has already taken the 2016 CPC exam? How was it? Please, any tips?

  62. abc007 March 03, 2016

    hello, i was wondering do you have any good suggestion for the online courses? i saw the AAPC course, is it good? does it worth a shot?

    Hi Stella,
    Thanks for your question! We highly recommend Career Step courses as the will give you the best online education to help you reach your career goals. As you go through the course we will focus on quickly training you to gain the career skills you need to succeed! We have over 20 years of experience, and have trained over 100,000 students. In addition we are committed to helping students graduate and successfully transition to a rewarding career. Please contact our academic advisors at 1-800-411-7073 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information on specific courses and they can also help you answer any of your questions.

    Best Wishes!

  63. Alice Chewning March 14, 2016

    Interested in the careerstep and enrollment and and how long and costs..863=844-2213

    Hi Alice,

    Thank you for your interest, we will have somebody contact you to answer your questions.

    Best wishes and good luck!

  64. Shila July 06, 2016

    How long it may take to get fully prepared and take the CPC exam? how much time should I spend to study. I have purchased practice exams but not taken yet. I am planning to take CPC in September 2016. Thanks

  65. codingsupport July 12, 2016

    Hi Shila,
    Thank you for reaching out to us!
    We recommend taking the CPC certification exam soon after you have graduated from the program. If you want to spend some extra time prepping for the certification you may.

    We wish you the very best of luck on your exam!

  66. Jennifer Young July 22, 2016

    This story reminded me of how I finally passed the CPC exam after failing it twice. What really helped me was to do lots of online practice, learn to eliminate wrong answers, and get comfortable with the time limits.Before I learned how to pass the CPC, I wasted a lot of time looking for free sample questions and study materials that didn’t help me at all. The secret is to use the right materials and practice under the same pressure as in the real test.
    Hope it helps anyone reading this!

  67. Tina Shoemake August 05, 2016

    @Jennifer young I am 3 months away from finishing up my medical coding course. what recommendations can you give me as I start to prepare to take the CPC. What materials did you use to study?

  68. coding support August 05, 2016

    Hi Tina,
    The best prep for certification is to take a coding training program.  Beyond that it is good to refresh by reading the guidelines and practicing coding efficiently and accurately. For the CPC exam you will need your ICD-10-CM book, CPT, and HCCPS.

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  69. Susan Krivacic August 20, 2016

    I am currently working in the medical terminology section. I am somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of vocabulary. How does the exam approach medical terminology, and how do I best handle the memorization process? Thank you for your assistance!

  70. Karen Zabel August 20, 2016

    I did not pass the CPC exam the first time, I am wondering if the retake exam is the same exam or if it is a totally different exam?

  71. coding support August 22, 2016

    Hi Susan,
    So sorry to hear you have been feeling overwhelmed with studying medical terminology.
    It is helpful to have a foundation with understanding of some common medical root words, prefixes and suffixes.  Also, there are typically not very many medical terminology questions on the CPC.

    Keep up the hard work and good luck on the exam! You’ve got this!

  72. coding support August 25, 2016

    Hi Karen,
    The retake for the CPC will have different scenarios and different questions. So be prepared for anything.

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  73. Patrick August 31, 2016

    I took the exam last month but didn’t make it. However my online practice questions just expired and seriously looking for what to study for the retake.
    Any help would be greatlying appreciated.

  74. coding support September 08, 2016

    Hi Patrick,
    Thanks for reaching out to us! For the CPC, it is always helpful to become more and more familiar with coding guidelines, for CM and for CPT.  If any feedback was provided on your first test, it would be a good idea to focus on those areas.  As time is essential for this exam, it is a good idea to increase your efficiency through practice without loosing your accuracy. Best of Luck!

  75. Jimmy September 12, 2016

    Hello Everyone,

    I am almost done with my coding course, I just started preparing for the board exam, I am planning to take in oct/2016. which means I have 48days left to sit for exam. could anyone suggest me what are the most important area I should be spending more time studying? 
    thank you

  76. coding support September 13, 2016

    Hi Jimmy,

    That is an excellent question. Using the guidelines are helpful, it is also essential to be familiar with the details and structure of the CPT code set. The practice tests are also a great resource to help you feel prepared and confident.

    Good luck on your exam!

  77. wendy October 03, 2016

    I have completed my 2 year coding program at my local college. I recently passed my CCA with Ahima.Most of the jobs I see want you to be a CCS or CPC. I purchased the practice for CCS but couldn’t master the fill in coding. The CPC is multiple choice but I’m still not feeling confident in taking the exam. What I’m looking for is more coding practice. What would you recommend?

  78. Patrick October 04, 2016

    I want to confirm whether we need to carry our books (CPT, ICD10 & HCPCS) in CPC exam. One of my friend told we need not to carry books to exam, they are now providing all books. Please advise

  79. coding support October 04, 2016

    Hi Patrick,
    Please bring your ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS books to the CPC exam.  You are welcome to check with the proctor to see if books are being provided for your location. However, it is unusual for books to be provided.

    Hope this helps!

  80. Joe January 18, 2017

    Took the test 12/17 but was totally distracted when the person next to me started eating a corn chip each time she completed a problem.  The proctor said this was not against the rules.

  81. CodingSupport January 19, 2017

    Hi Joe,
    It’s true, snacks are allowed.  Ear plugs are a great thing to bring in case of loud disruptions.So sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience.

    Best wishes!



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