CPN Exam Administration
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The exam is delivered by computer at 300+ Prometric Testing Centers throughout the US by appointment only. See how to schedule.
PNCB and Prometric are responsible for the validity and integrity of the scores they report. On rare occasion, occurrences such as computer malfunction or candidate misconduct may cause a score to be suspect. PNCB and Prometric reserve the right to void or withhold examination results if, upon investigation, violation of their regulations is discovered.
Frequently Asked Questions
The CPN exam contains 175 multiple-choice items. Total testing time is 3 hours.
No. You will get a tutorial on how to select answers and move between questions. The tutorial doesn't reduce testing time.
You will go through a secure check-in procedure. Arrive 30 minutes early with proper IDs. At this time, PNCB doesn't require biometric check-in.
Questions are multiple-choice with one correct answer. You will see all questions unless the time allotted for your exam ends. Computer-adaptive testing (e.g., NCLEX) is not used.
PNCB works with Prometric to arrange accommodations for disability-related needs covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Note this on your online application and promptly use the form below. Computer anxiety, test anxiety, or English as a second language are not applicable.
PNCB's Test-taking Strategies resource is a free PowerPoint developed to help you learn exam preparation tips, strategies for answering multiple-choice exam questions, and techniques to manage test anxiety. Not a study or a review course.
Before you leave the test center, you receive pass/fail status. You will receive official notification from PNCB within 2-3 weeks.
An appeals process is available to those who wish to contest an adverse decision or proposed action affecting their application for certification, exam results, or recertification. The Executive Committee of PNCB's Board of Directors hears all candidate appeals, and their proposed remedies and decisions are final.
All PNCB policies and requirements are subject to change without notice.