CPNRE Prep Guide


Developed to assist you in preparing to take the CPNRE, whether you have several months or only a couple weeks to prepare for the examination.



Exam prep and test-taking strategies

160 multiple-choice full-length practice test

Ten uses of the online practice test

Performance profile upon completion

Two references for each question

Answer key to the practice test

Full reference bibliography

CPNRE common abbreviations

Prepare online for the CPNRE examination

The CPNRE Prep Guide is a secure PDF document that contains information about the CPNRE, test-taking strategies, a full-length 160 multiple-choice question Practice Test, corresponding rationales for each option and two references per question. Your purchase includes access to an online version of the 160 multiple-choice questions Practice Test. The online Practice Test can be used to simulate taking the actual CPNRE.

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What you get

Format of the test

Scoring & results

Technical requirements

What you get

  • CPNRE Prep Guide, a secure PDF document for download
  • Ten (10) uses for the online Practice Test
  • A Performance Profile will be available once you have completed the online Practice Test
  • How-To Guide for taking the online Practice Test

Following your purchase, you will receive your emailed receipt, which will contain the link to your CPNRE Prep Guide 6th Edition. To take your online test, log into https://cpnreprep.ysasecure.com and click on “Exams”.

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Format of the test

  • Available in English and French
  • You must complete the test within the specified four-hour timeframe
  • Access to your test results, in the form of a Performance Profile (available to download)

The online Practice Test is a four-hour test, consisting of 160 multiple-choice questions matching the Blueprint for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

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Your total score on the online Practice Test is calculated as the number of questions on the test that you answered correctly. In addition, your performance is also presented by competency categories, cognitive levels and client age categories. Your performance on each level is calculated as the number of questions in that level that you answered correctly.


After you complete the online Practice Test, you will be able to review your Performance Profile to identify areas of performance strength and weakness. The Performance Profile provides the following:

  • Your score on the online Practice Test
  • The answer key and a copy of your scored responses
  • Your score in each of the competency categories, cognitive levels and client age categories tested by the CPNRE. This allows you to determine the areas in which you need to focus your studying.

Technical requirements

The online Practice Test is delivered using the same test delivery system as the computer-based CPNRE. You will require these technical requirements in order to take the test.

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  • A computer connected to reliable Internet
  • Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 11
  • Full screen mode

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Yardstick Assessment Strategies offer or recommend any CPNRE prep courses?

Yardstick Assessment Strategies does not offer any CPNRE prep courses, nor does it recommend any. Particular care should be used when accessing a prep course that claims to have past CPNRE questions, or guarantees success on the CPNRE. The prep guide and predictor tests on this site are the only approved practice tools for the CPNRE.

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