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CPNRE Becomes Computer-based in 2016

Over the last several months, the College has been collaborating with its provincial regulatory colleagues to implement computer-based testing for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®), starting in May 2016.

As regulators, we know that technology is increasingly being used in the delivery of licensure/registration examinations. We want to be proactive and take advantage of the opportunities that technology offers. For example, computer-based testing allows test writers to take the CPNRE in a proctored test centre more often and in more cities across Canada.

Canada’s regulators have been working with Assessment Strategies Inc., which has been, and will continue to be, the administrator of the CPNRE. Because only the format – not the content – of the exam is changing, we expect that the transition to computer-based testing will be a successful undertaking, and meet the needs of those taking the CPNRE before entering the profession.

Starting in 2016, approximately 40 days will be available for test writers to take the computer-based examination. The CPNRE will be offered via computer-based testing during two four-week testing windows: May 23 to June 19, 2016 (about 20 days) and September 26 to October 23, 2016 (approximately 20 days). In 2017, the number of opportunities to write will increase to 60 days. Assessment Strategies Inc. has signed an agreement with Pearson VUE to provide access to Pearson VUE’s Canada-wide test centres.

For more information and links to resources, read these FAQs about the upcoming changes to the CPNRE.

The final write of the paper-and-pencil version of the CPNRE is on January 13, 2016. For more information about the CPNRE, visit the Exam section.

Page last reviewed September 29, 2015