PMHS Exam Administration

What to expect

Understand policies so you don't forfeit fees

PMHS Exam Administration

Don't forfeit your fees! It's your responsibility to understand all exam policies, procedures, and requirements. Read your Candidate Testing Handbook now.

The exam is delivered by computer at 300+ Prometric Testing Centers throughout the US by appointment only. See how to schedule.

Your exam contains 150 multiple-choice items. Total testing time is 2.5 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need special computer knowledge?

No. You will get a tutorial on how to select answers and move between questions. The tutorial doesn't reduce testing time.

What is test center check-in like?

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.

What is the exam like?

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.

Can special accommodations be requested?

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.

What if I have test anxiety?

PNCB created an online activity with tips for managing anxiety plus how to analyze test questions. You also receive exam preparation and "day of the exam" tips.

When do I learn if I passed or failed?

Before you leave the test center, you receive pass/fail status. You will receive official notification from PNCB within 2-3 weeks.


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.

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