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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

To register for the Validation exams, go to

Create an account.  This will also be the account you will login to complete the exams.

Go to Registration Store, click on NACE, then click Register Now and follow the drop down boxes.  It is the NACE II exams (RN-BSN) that we require students to complete.  

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.  

2015 Validation Exams

The exam dates are:

August 12th

 8am-10am Childbearing (OB)

 10am-12pm Care of the Child (peds)

  You will have enough time to finish both tests in the time allotted from the NLN. 

 1pm-3:30pm Mental Health

August 13th

8am-12pm Adult Health

Testing will occur in the Main NDSU Library Computer Cluster (located in the basement of the Library). Entrance to the Library is to the East. There is construction on campus so please allow extra time.

Parking is available in the Visitors' metered lot (Lot E)  or in the Memorial Union Lot on the NDSU Campus. Students are responsible for their own parking fees.  

Space is limited and additional seats will not be added. Once Registration closes, additional registrations cannot be accepted or added.

This is the last testing opportunity for Spring 2016 applications. 


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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 07, 2015 11:29:55 AM