CNE Practice Test
If you’re going into nursing education, then getting Certified Nurse Educator certification may be a step you want to take. The certification establishes the field of nursing education as a way for nursing faculty to demonstrate their expertise. The National League of Nursing provides the certification, which has been granted accreditation from the National Commission of Certifying Agencies. As with any exam, there’s a lot to know the ins and outs of taking the test, and this guide will help you with some of the most commonly asked questions.
Can anyone take the Certified Nursing Educator (CNE) exam?
No. To take the test, you must meet one of two sets of eligibility requirements
- Option A: Candidates must have a currently active registered nurse designation in the country where practicing as a nurse educator, and hold either a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing with either a major emphasis of nursing education; a post-masters certificate in nursing education; or at least nine credit hours of graduate-level education courses.
- Option B: Candidates must meet two of three requirements — be actively licensed, just as in Option A; holds a masters or PhD in nursing with an emphasis on roles other than nursing education; or be employed at least two years out of the previous five in a nursing program at an academic institution.
The eligibility requirements can’t be waived.
Are there fees to take the test?
Yes. The test costs $400 for National League of Nursing (NLN) member, and $500 for non-members. If you have to re-take the test, the fees are $350 for members and $450 for non-members. These fees are for testing within the United States. Those fees will be forfeited if the candidate shows up more than 15 minutes late for an exam; fails to show up for an exam; wants to reschedule but fails to do so at least two business days prior to original exam date, or tries to reschedule the exam a second time.
How long is the certification good for?
Five years. It can be renewed by fulfilling professional development requirements or by taking the CNE exam.
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What’s the test like?
The multiple-choice test grills candidates on three cognitive areas — recall, application and analysis — and has six major content areas:
- Facilitate learning (22% of the examination)
- Involves teaching strategies, technology to support the learning process, effective communication, fostering a positive learning environment, acting as a role model in a practice setting, and more.
- Use assessment and evaluation strategies (19%)
- Includes identifying learning styles, resources for culturally diverse learning styles, advice on meeting professional goals, engaging in peer evaluation and more.
- Participate in curriculum design and evaluation of program outcomes (17%)
- Focuses on nursing program standards, learning assessments, various other assessment strategies, and more.
- Facilitate leaner development and socialization (15%)
- Includes curriculum development, including identifying outcomes, selecting appropriate learning activities and clinical experience; course and curriculum design; curriculum revision; program assessment design, implementation, and evaluation; and other topics.
- Engage in scholarship, service, and leadership (15%)
- Includes questions about professional development organizations and opportunities, using feedback, mentoring and support, and more.
- Pursue continuous quality improvement in the academic nurse educator role (12%)
- Includes how to function as a change agent, increasing the visibility of nursing, leadership skills development, culture and change, and more.
How many questions are on the CNE?
There are 150 questions on the test, or which 130 are scored. The other 20 are unscored and are being tested for future exams.
How can I schedule a test?
You can schedule your test online or by telephone.
Where can I take the test?
There are a number of testing centers across the United States.
Do I need to bring identification the testing center?
Yes. You must be two forms of identification and one must have a photo.
Can I bring electronic devices into the testing room?
No. Any device that could be used to record any part of the exam — including cell phones, pagers, tape recorders, cameras, and the like – and prohibited. Calculators are also prohibited. Personal items also aren’t allowed in the testing room, and all personal items will be locked in a locker.
How long is the CNE examination?
When will I find out if I passed the test?
Candidates will receive their test score on site. The test is pass/fail, with the passing grade determined by the raw score of correctly answered questions.
What if I fail the exam?
If you fail, you can retake the exam once every 90 days.
Can I get a refund of my testing fees if I decide not to go ahead with the test?
All refunds are at the discretion of the NLN, which applies a non-refundable $100 registration fee to all candidates.
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