Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)

Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)
Transition to Computer-Based Testing in May of 2016

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The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) has moved from a pencil and paper based exam to a computer based testing as of February 2016.  The format of questions and answers on the exam has remained the same.  The below links contain information for writers regarding the processes of application to scheduling of your writing.

CPNRE Scheduling Guide

CPNRE Information

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) is pleased to be collaborating with other provincial regulatory colleagues and Assessment Strategies Inc. to implement computer-based testing to deliver the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®) starting in May 2016.

As Regulators, we know that technology is playing an enhanced role in the delivery of licensure or registration examinations. We want to be proactive and take advantage of opportunities technology offers. Computer-based testing allows test writers to take the CPNRE® on a computer in a proctored test centre. This allows Regulators to offer the CPNRE® more often and at more sites across Canada.

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2018 Testing Dates

Testing Window #1: 29 January 2018 to 18 February 2018
Testing Window #2: 11 June 2018 to 1 July 2018
Testing Window #3: 17 September 2018 to 7 October 2018