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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 Exam Registration NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for the August 2016 Validation Exams.

To register please go to: NLN Testing Portal

You will need to create a new account. Accounts from previous years are no longer active.

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 is open up until 15 minutes prior to the exams but space is limited so students should register in advance.

2016 Validation Exams

The exam dates are:

Wednesday, August 10th

8am-10am Childbearing (OB)

10am-12pm Care of the Child (peds)

1pm-3:30pm Mental Health

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

Thursday, August 11th 

8am-12pm Adult Health

Testing will occur in the Quentin Burdick Building Computer Cluster.  Testing will be in room 116.  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:

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.  


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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 1:22:56 PM