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The Day of the Exam

What to Bring
When you arrive at the test center, you must present one form of acceptable identification from the list below:
  • Driver's license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles in one of the 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, or one of the U.S. territories
  • State identification issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles in one of the 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, or one of the U.S. territories
  • Passport
  • U.S. military identification
Your identification must be valid (unexpired) and contain both your signature and a recent (no more than 10 years old) photograph. All identification must be in English and signed in English. If you are currently serving in the U.S. military and are testing outside the United States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S territories, then you are required to provide valid U.S. military identification. If your valid military identification does not have both your signature and a recent photograph, you will need to provide additional identification that meets the aforementioned requirements. The only identification acceptable in test centers outside of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories is a valid passport for candidates who cannot provide valid U.S. military identification.

If you do not bring one form of acceptable identification (possibly two forms of acceptable identification, if testing outside of the United States) listed above, you can substitute an official ID that does not contain a signature plus a secondary ID that does contain a signature.

If you do not bring acceptable ID, you will not be admitted to the test and your eligibility window will end. You will be required to submit additional documentation and fees in order to schedule a new testing date. Please contact ANCC for details.

It is not necessary for you to bring the ANCC eligibility letter to the test center, and it will not be counted as an acceptable form of identification.

Restrictions
Do NOT bring any of these items to the testing center: books, paper, calculators, tissues, food, drink, water, notes, cell phone, PDA, or personal electronics of any kind.

Use of a cellular phone or other electronic or other devices is strictly prohibited and will result in dismissal from the examination and additional actions by ANCC.

No documents or notes of any kind may be removed from the examination room, and such removal may result in dismissal from the examination and additional actions by ANCC.

No questions concerning the test content may be asked during the examination, and asking questions may result in dismissal from the examination and additional actions by ANCC.

Time of Arrival
You must arrive at the test center at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If your arrival is so late that your session would interfere with the test center schedule, you will be considered a "no show" and your testing window will automatically expire. You will be required to submit additional documentation and fees in order to schedule a new testing date. Please contact ANCC for details.

Length of Time for Exam
Total time for most exams is 4 hours, which includes time set aside for check-in, instructions, and a practice session on the computer. The actual time allotted for most tests is 3.5 hours. Testing time for these three
exams is 30 minutes longer: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For these exams, and additional 30 minutes of testing time is allotted because the exams are 25 questions longer. Before starting the actual test, you may take a practice session that allows you to become familiar with the computer system.

After finishing the test, you will be asked to complete a brief survey before leaving the testing center. Completing this survey provides feedback to ANCC for quality improvement initiatives.

Any issues that occur at the test site that affect test performance must be reported before leaving the test center. These issues must be reported to the proctor before leaving the test center. Please also call the Prometric Customer Care hotline at 1.800.350.7076 and ANCC at 1.800.284.2378 to discuss concerns that affected your test experience.