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. An overall score 60-70%, exact score required varies per exam, is required to be eligible for application. Exams may be taken twice in a calendar year. The cost of the exams is subject to change, currently $34-65/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.
2018 Validation Exam Registration
Registration is now open for the April 2018 Validation Exams.
To register please go to: NLN Testing Portal
Create a new account.
Please select North Dakota State University as your school membership.
Once you have created an account and logged in, the tab exam sessions will display the exam sessions you need to register for.
Click here for a Student Guide to the NLN Testing Portal which further explains setting up an account and registering for the exams.
Registration will close midnight the day prior to the exams. You will receive confirmation of registration.
Pending registrations will be removed 48 hours prior to scheduled exams.
Please contact the NLN with any payment issues.
Costs for the exam are: $34/each for Care of the Child and Childbearing Family; $60/each for Mental Health and Adult Health.
2018 Validation Exams
The exam dates are:
Friday, April 27th
Testing will occur in the Quentin Burdick Building Room 132 (computer cluster).
1pm-3pm Childbearing (OB)
3pm-5pm Care of the Child (peds)
Each exam is 100 questions with a 2 hour time limit.
Saturday, April 28th
8am-12pm Adult Health (200 questions with a 4 hour time limit)
12:30pm-2:30pm Mental Health (100 questions with a 2 hour time limit)
Due to limited space on Friday Childbearing will be offered again from 2:30pm-4:30pm. Retakes cannot be completed at this time.
Testing will occur in the Quentin Burdick Building Room 116 (computer cluster).
You do not need to apply to NDSU to complete the testing. Guest log-in permission will be provided at the time of testing.
Directions can be found at: https://www.ndsu.edu/alphaindex/buildings/Building::200
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.