The CPNRE Prep Guide, 4th Edition, will help you prepare to write the Canadian Practical Nurse
Registration Examination. The Prep Guide is designed to familiarize you with the format of the actual
examination and to provide you with information on the content of the examination.
The guide contains a full-length Practice Exam developed by the same people who create and score the
examination. The Practice Exam is a simulation of an actual examination. Completing the Practice Exam
will help you review and integrate the concepts you have learned in your practical nursing program;
it will also help you assess your skill in applying that knowledge. After completing the Practice
Exam, you can create your Performance Profile to identify your strengths and weaknesses. The test
instructions, test-taking strategies, question rationales and sample answer sheets can be used to
enhance your readiness to write the CPNRE.
The Prep Guide was developed by Assessment Strategies Inc., the testing company responsible for
the development and administration of the CPNRE. The guide provides suggestions on how you can best
use it, depending on the amount of time you have available before you write the CPNRE. You can
benefit from the Prep Guide whether you have several months or only two weeks to prepare for
To purchase the Prep Guide:
If you are writing the CPNRE after October 2016:
The new CPNRE Prep Guide, 5th Edition will be available in November 2016 and is for test writers taking the CPNRE starting with the January/February 2017 testing window. The new CPNRE Prep Guide, 5th Edition will reflect the new Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination Blueprint 2017-2021 being implemented January 2017. The new CPNRE Prep Guide will be available for online purchase only. The purchase of the CPNRE Prep Guide, 5th Edition will include access to an online practice test that uses the same test delivery system used to deliver the computer-based CPNRE. The Prep Guide will provide information on computer-based as well as paper-and-pencil administration of the CPNRE depending on your jurisdiction.
Check back here for further information including how & when you can buy the new CPNRE Prep Guide.