PMHS Exam Administration
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The exam is delivered by computer at 300+ Prometric Testing Centers throughout the US by appointment. You also have the option to schedule a live remote proctoring appointment. See how to schedule.
Your exam contains 150 multiple-choice items. Total testing time is 2.5 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
You will self-check your system requirements here and go through a secure check-in procedure with your proctor including ID check and environment scan. Please read Prometric’s FAQs here to understand procedures and restrictions. Read Prometric’s ProProctor Guide for more details on what to expect with remote testing. Review our List of Appointment Issues that can cause termination of your exam or invalidate your exam results.
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.
You will receive official notification emailed from PNCB within 2-3 weeks in most cases.
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.
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.