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Rules and Advice for Taking ANCC Exams

  • Sufficient time has been provided for you to respond to all questions. You are advised not to spend an inordinate amount of time on individual questions until you have had an opportunity to respond to every question. Time is not intended to be a factor in the examination.
  • There is no penalty for guessing; you are encouraged to respond to every examination question. Computer-based exams DO allow you to mark questions you are unsure about and go back to them later.
  • All instructions given by the proctor must be followed in order to ensure proper processing of your examination results.
  • All candidates will be checked-in at the test site prior to being admitted to the examination room. You are required to place all personal possessions in a designated area
  • All ANCC exams are "closed book." Books, paper, calculators, PDAs, cell phones, or electronic or other devices or resources are not allowed. Test center administrators will issue scratch paper and pencils that must be turned in at the end of the test session. Failure to follow these instructions can result in your scores being revoked and may prohibit you from retesting or taking other ANCC certification examinations.
  • No test materials, documents, or memoranda of any sort may be removed from the examination room or retained. You may not copy any test questions or make any notes regarding the content of the examination. If you attempt to do so, your results will be invalidated and you may be prohibited from retesting or taking any other ANCC certification
  • No food or drink, including water, may be taken into the testing room. You may leave the testing room to use the restroom or get a drink of water, but you will need to sign out according to the instructions that will be explained at the test site. Your testing time will not be increased to accommodate a break. If you have a medical condition and cannot comply with this rule, you must apply for special testing accommodations.
  • Please verify that you have been given the correct examination that you are eligible to take. Check the title and examination code on the cover/screen of the examination to make sure they match with the information the testing agency sent you. If you fail to take the correct examination, your score will be invalid.
  • You may not ask questions concerning content of the examination during the examination period.
  • During the examination, you must not give help to or receive help from others. Proctors are required to report any incident in which there is evidence of irregular behavior. Any such reports could result in the invalidation of your test scores and/or other sanctions.
  • Additional testing center regulations are published on the Prometric Web page at
  • Confidentiality: You will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement; by signing it you agree not to release any details regarding the exam questions, including giving written or verbal information about the test questions to colleagues, faculty, etc. Violation of that agreement can result in loss of certification and liability for civil penalties and damages.