Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE) I PN-RN: Foundations of Nursing Practice Test
Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) developed the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE) for LPN’s with active licenses who seek to qualify for advanced placement status in their RN program.
What kind of test is the NACE?
The Challenge Exam is a computerized, four-hour, 184-item multiple-choice test, designed to assess an applicant’s clinical knowledge and readiness for advanced nursing education. Students with passing scores on the NACE-1 may receive credit by exam for core courses in their nursing program.
How do I register to take the NACE?
The National League for Nursing (NLN) website contains the necessary information to obtain a test time and location and pay the $75 exam fee. The NLN allows students two attempts, six months apart, to earn a score of 75% or higher.
NLN scores are good for three years. Check with your nursing program to obtain information about their required passing scores, nearby testing centers, disability accommodations, and arrangements for retesting.
What should I bring?
Test takers must bring a photo ID to the testing site. No electronic devices, calculators, or notes are permitted. Testing centers provide all the materials needed for testing.
When will I know my score?
Nursing programs set the passing scores for their students. Test takers can view their raw score immediately after taking the NACE. Testing Centers automatically forward test scores to the student’s nursing program.
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What kinds of questions are on the NACE?
The Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam contains 184 multiple-choice questions. Every section of the test includes questions on basic nursing tasks, such as assessing patients, and planning, implementing and evaluating treatment. Questions based on common situations in patient care, such as chronic pain, stress, breathing difficulties, fluid imbalance, incontinence, and concerns about death and dying also appear regularly on the test.
The five content areas of the NACE assess a candidate’s knowledge of health needs of patients at every stage of life:
Physiologic Needs – Hygiene, Posture, Sleep, Nutrition, Weight, Elimination
Psychosocial Needs – Sexuality, Self-esteem, Belonging, Self-actualization, Security
Communication – Verbal, non-verbal exchanges, documentation
Medication Administration – Mathematical conversions for medication dosing.
Moral, Ethical, and Legal Issues – Advance directives, informed consent, negligence
Is the NACE difficult?
The NACE assesses the test taker’s knowledge and ability to perform as a successful nursing professional. Experienced LPN’s are probably familiar with patient care protocols, record-keeping requirements, standard medical tests, and common medications. The challenge presented by the NACE is the range of testable material, from elevated intracranial pressure to angina pectori, varicose veins, Braxton-Hicks contractions, and diverticulosis. Success on the NACE requires mastery of terminology and recall of specific symptoms, medications, and treatments for the many conditions nurses encounter in a clinical environment.
How should I study for the NACE?
The best way to prepare for the NACE is to approach this wide-ranging exam from several angles. Mometrix offers three study tools to help aspiring RN’s to ace the NACE and move ahead in their nursing program:
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This first glimpse at the NACE gives RN candidates a sense of which material they already know and the questions they are not prepared to answer. Throughout their study, candidates can return to the NACE video practice tests to mark their progress and practice techniques for reducing anxiety at the exam site.
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