NCLEX-RN exams

NCSBN is delivering the NCLEX-RN exam at a limited number of test centres. NCSBN has made a number of changes to enhance the safety of test-takers and staff. For more information, read NCSBN’s FAQs about the impact of COVID-19 on NCLEX candidates and Pearson Vue’s COVID-19 information page


Practical Nursing applicants can apply to the June 7 to July 5, 2021 CPNRE exam window until June 22, 2021.

We are aware that some applicants are finding it challenging to schedule their June CPNRE appointments. Please keep checking for appointment availability, as there are spots available in the June exam window. You might have to travel to find an available appointment in another exam centre.

You should continue to check Pearson Vue’s CPNRE information page about the availability of exam centres.

Reminder: Only one exam window (the window with the nearest dates) is open for scheduling at any time. If you are writing the CPNRE during the Sept. 6 to 26, 2021 exam window, we will email you scheduling information in mid-July.

NP exams 

For more information, visit the Yardstick website.

The NP-Adult exam test centres are open. Please visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board and PSI websites for the latest news about the availability of test centres.    

For more information about the NP-Paediatrics exam, visit the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and Prometric websites.


Due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Ontario, the May 12, 2021 writing of the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination (CNPE) has been cancelled. The next planned exam date is October 13, 2021.

Jurisprudence exam

Since this exam is written online and can be done remotely, applicants will still be able to access and write it. If this information changes, we will post an update to this page.

Along with other registration requirements, most applicants registering with the College of Nurses of Ontario must successfully complete two examinations: a registration examination and a jurisprudence examination. The registration exam tests for knowledge, skill and judgment nurses need at the beginning of their careers in Ontario. The jurisprudence exam tests knowledge of nursing and health care legislation in Ontario. Both tests help ensure that all new nurses in Ontario are safe to practice.

Registration Examinations

Registration examinations assess whether applicants have the nursing knowledge, skills and judgment required to practice safely at the beginning of their careers in Ontario. See individual exam pages
for information about the exam:  

Registered Nurse Examinations

If you are applying to become a Registered Nurse in the General Class, you will write the NCLEX-RN.

Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination

If you are applying to become a Registered Practical Nurse in the General Class, you will write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

Nurse Practitioner Examinations

Applicants to the Extended Class must write the examination appropriate for the specialty certificate (Adult, Paediatric, Primary Health Care) for which they have applied.

 Jurisprudence Examination

The College’s jurisprudence examination assesses an applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the laws, regulations, by-laws, practice standards and guidelines that govern the nursing profession in Ontario. It is a computer-based examination that can be completed by the applicant at any time.

Applicants registering as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in the General, Temporary or Special Assignment Classes must pass the Registered Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse Jurisprudence Examination before they can be registered.

Those applying to become Nurse Practitioners must pass the Registered Nurse (Extended Class) Jurisprudence Examination before they can be registered.

“I'm going to write an exam soon as part of my application. Can you recommend a preparation course that can help me write it?”

To maintain the integrity of the exam, the CNO does not participate in developing preparatory courses. Courses offered by third-party vendors are not associated with nor endorsed by CNO.


Page last reviewed April 28, 2021