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After the Exam

Test Results
All computer-based exams offer on-site testing results. This means you will receive a copy of your test results before you leave the test center. If you do not receive a copy of your results at the center, please call ANCC at 1.800.284.2378.

To protect candidates’ privacy and ensure no misinterpretations occur, test results are not released by telephone, fax, or email for any reason.

Your certification start date is the date you successfully completed the exam. Your certificate and ANCC pin are mailed to you approximately 8 weeks after you have successfully completed the exam. You will also receive an official letter from ANCC with your specific 5-year certification period.

Verification of Certification
Request your one free verification of certification at

Additional verifications of certification can also be ordered from this site. ANCC does not automatically send verification to your state board of nursing or employer. Please request the verifications you need.

Exam Scoring
Test results are pass or fail. If you fail, your score report will include diagnostic information for each content area of the test.

If you do not pass the examination you may retest after 60 days from the date you last tested. You may not test more than three times in any 12-month period. All candidates who retest must submit a retest application and meet eligibility requirements in effect when the retest application is submitted. ANCC can require additional supporting documentation to determine eligibility.

You can obtain a copy of the Retest Application at or call Customer Care at 1.800.284.2378 for a copy of the application. You are required to retake the entire examination.