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Validation Exam Information

The NACE II (RN-BSN) exams are in the areas of: Adult Health, Mental Health, Care of the Child, Care of the Client during Childbearing. A Decision Score of 90 must be obtained on each exam (Overall Score 60-70%, exact score required varies per exam). Exams may be taken twice in a calendar year. The cost of the exams is subject to change, currently $35-65/each. Students are responsible for the cost. Exams are Computer Based and taken at NDSU. Exams offered in April and August.

Validation Exam Registration

Validation Exam registration occurs through the NLN. Registration information will be posted with exams dates.  The exams are computer-based and must be proctored.  Testing is set up on the NDSU campus. Testing is not currently available at any other location (than Fargo, ND).

The exams are content focused and NCLEX books (RN or PN) are recommend for review of content to prepare for the exams.  To review what content is on each exam and for additional information regarding the exams, please see the NLN Information Bulletin.  

2016 Validation Exams

Exams will be offered in April & August.

Dates will be posted in early February for April and end of May for August.


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Last Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2016 10:10:23 AM