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  CANADIAN PRACTICAL NURSE REGISTRATION EXAMINATION
CPNRE

Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:



What can I do differently next time?

This brochure is for candidates preparing to re-write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

What can I do differently next time?

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Could a mistake have been made in marking my exam?

The answers of candidates with a “borderline” result—those with a total number of correct answers close to the pass mark—are remarked to confirm the number of correct answers. Several additional quality control measures are taken throughout the process to ensure that the correct result is assigned to each candidate. Candidates who do not pass can request that their answers be remarked. There is a fee for this service, contact the regulatory authority in your province or territory.

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Why is my exam result indicated as PASS or FAIL?

The exam is designed to determine whether candidates possess the competencies (knowledge, abilities, skills, attitudes and judgments) required of an entry-level practical nurse to practise safely and effectively. The purpose of the CPNRE is to separate candidates who meet the required standard (pass) from those who do not (fail).

The exam is marked by a computer which tallies the total number of correct answers obtained by the candidate, then compares this number with the number of correct answers needed to meet the pass mark. If your total number of correct answers is equal to or higher than the pass mark, then the computer will assign you a pass result. However, if your total number of correct answers is lower than the pass mark, the computer will assign you a fail result.

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Who do I contact if I have questions about my exam result?

If you have any questions or concerns about your exam result, please contact the regulatory authority in your province or territory.

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My exam result was “FAIL”. Can I appeal my result?

Yes, there is an appeals process. To file an appeal, you must contact the regulatory authority in your province or territory.

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