Anyone who is trying to become a certified coding specialist is required to take exams before they can earn it. While all the studying you’ve done while in school will help, making sure you use certified coding specialist exam preparation materials will ensure that you know exactly what to expect when you sit down to take the exams.

If you are preparing to take the exams for 2016, the Professional Review Guide for the CCS Examination 2016 Edition by Patricia Schnering is an excellent resource. It includes a two-term printed access card and quizzing to help you get ready. You’ll practice interpreting written documentation to assign codes for the diagnoses and procedures in a wide variety of settings, using the ICD-10-CM content. You’ll also have access to an online tool that allows you to create your own quizzes, during which you can sort the materials and set your own time limits to ensure a personalized preparation experience.

You can also check out the Certified Coding Specialist Physician-Based Exam Preparation by Anita Hazelwood. This book includes three different practice exams that are derived from the competency statements that are used in developing the CSS_P exam. These exams, along with the included test preparation materials will provide you with the materials you need to work through the exams at your own pace so that you learn them. With the three practice exams, you’ll be able to determine the areas on which you need to focus to improve before you take the real one.

There is also a 2016 Edition Professional Review Guide for the CCS-P Examination by Patricia Schnering as well. This one also includes the same online quiz tool and the 12-month access card as the CCS preparation mentioned above.

If you want to make sure you are totally prepared, certified coding specialist exam preparation will help you know exactly what you need to know.