Family Nurse Practitioner Practice Test


What is the ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner Exam?

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification examination was designed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide board certification for individuals who are interested in becoming certified Family Nurse Practitioners. The FNP certification exam is a competency-based, entry-level exam that assesses test-takers’ knowledge in a variety of relevant clinical areas, ranging from prenatal to elderly primary care. As such, the exam determines individuals’ clinical knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful, certified nurse practitioner and earn the FNP-BC credential.


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What is Family Nurse Practitioner certification?

Successfully passing the ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification exam will award you with the Family Nurse Practitioner Certified (FNP-BC) credential. This is a credential that is valid for 5 years and illustrates your adherence to the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, which provides necessary guidance for states to uniformly regulate nursing roles. What this means is that you have demonstrated your licensure, education, and upon passing the FNP exam, your FNP-BC certification. In short, the FNP-BC credential provides employers and knowledgeable patients the assurance that you are meeting and exceeding the standards set forth by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). To renew your FNP-BC credential, you will need to maintain your nursing licensure and meet the renewal criteria in place at the time in which credential renewal is needed.


Who is eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner exam?

In order to take the FNP exam, you must hold an active, unencumbered RN license in a state or territory of the United States. You may also hold a legally-recognized, equivalent professional license from another country. Potential test takers must also hold an advanced degree from a family nurse practitioner program. This means you need to have earned a master’s degree, postgraduate certificate, or doctoral degree from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), accredited family nurse practitioner program. To be eligible, your degree must have included at least 500 hours of faculty-supervised clinical practice.


If you have not yet finished your degree, you may still be eligible to complete the FNP exam. You must submit unofficial transcripts to the ANCC; however, at the time you sit for the exam, you need to have completed all didactic coursework and clinical hours required for your nurse practitioner program. You will not receive your scores until after the ANCC receives your official transcripts once your program is completed, which must occur within 1 year for master’s students and 2 years for doctoral students.


What are the costs associated with the Family Nurse Practitioner exam?

The full cost of the ANCC FNP-BC exam is $395 for non-members. However, if you are a member of ANCC, you will receive a discount, which reduces the cost of the exam to $340. To retake the exam, you will pay $270. Recertification by practice hours and continuing education costs $350 for non-members and $280 for ANCC members.


How many questions are on the Family Nurse Practitioner Exam?

There are currently, as of 2018, 200 questions on the FNP certification exam, and you will be given approximately 4 hours (240 minutes) to take the exam. Of the 200 total questions, 15 are pretest questions used to determine whether they should be included in the scored portion of the exam. This means your total score is based on the 175 scored questions. In terms of content and weight for each domain/section covered in the FNP exam, the breakdown is as follows:


Domain I covers sections on Foundations for Advanced Practice, comprised of 64 items, weighted at 37%; Domain II covers Professional Practice, comprised of 30 items, weighted at 17%; and Domain III covers Independent Practice, comprised of 81 items, weighted at 46%.


What is a passing score on the Family Nurse Practitioner Exam?

Scores for the FNP certification exam are based on the 175 aforementioned questions. To reiterate, the exam contains 200 questions, but only 175 of those questions are scored. As of 2018, a passing score on the FNP exam will need to be at least 250 points on a scale that reaches a maximum of 500 points. After taking the exam, you will receive an automatic preliminary pass or fail status notification at the test center. This is not your official score, but provides you with the immediate peace of mind you will need upon completing the exam. Once you pass the exam, your score will be released and you will receive an informational packet within 2 weeks of the exam date. The informational packet will also include a wallet card and lapel pen, the dates upon which the credential is valid and needs to be renewed, and an authorization to use the FNP-BC credential at the end of your name.


Should you need to retake the exam, you will need to complete a minimum of 15 hours of continued education in advanced practice related to the nurse practitioner field. Candidates for the FNP exam can only take the exam twice in a calendar year, from January to December. You will need to follow the retake application process on the ANCC website, including paying the requisite fees mentioned above.


Test Preparation

Having a thorough understanding of the content and structure of the ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam is the first step toward earning your FNP-BC credential. Additionally, getting enough sleep before the exam and taking care of yourself physically will aid in your success on exam day. However, the most effective means of ensuring you do well on the FNP exam is to prepare using the best test preparation materials you can find. You could spend hours searching the internet for bits and pieces of the FNP exam, which you may or may not find. But, why waste time searching the web when you can find everything you need in one place?


Mometrix Test Preparation offers a comprehensive Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam study guide: Family Nurse Practitioner Exam Secrets. This guide is unlike any other in that you get actual FNP exam questions that help you recall the material you already know and achieve the high test score necessary to earn your FNP-BC credential. The Family Nurse Practitioner Exam Secrets study guide also includes comprehensive tutorial videos, which provide immeasurably helpful step-by-step assistance for test-takers like you. The Family Nurse Practitioner Exam Secrets study guide was written by exam experts who understand how to successfully pass the FNP exam and earn the coveted FNP-BC credential. Mometrix Test Preparation’s standardized test researchers have discovered the secrets of the FNP exam and are able to impart to you the most effective methods to reduce your stress, pass the exam, and earn your FNP-BC credential.


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