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CEN® Prep Exam

Have you considered taking the BCEN Prep Exam?  BCEN's prep exam offers you many distinct advantages over other practice exams such as the only prep exam that uses retired exam questions and questions that are written by the exam committee members. Click here for more information, or to register for the BCEN prep exam.

Note:  BCEN makes no guarantee as to the success of a CEN exam candidate who has taken the Prep Exam.

Two Options Available

BCEN® offers two CEN Prep Exams through its test delivery provider, Pearson VUE.  BCEN offers both a 50-question version and a 150-question CEN Prep Exam.

Both CEN Prep Exams match the blueprint of the CEN exam. The prep exams conform to the specifications of the CEN exam, both in terms of content and average difficulty level. The CEN Prep Exams are revised approximately every 4 years.

50-Question CEN Prep Exam—although the content coverage is not as broad (the prep exam is 50 questions, whereas the CEN exam is 150), it is still intended to reflect the knowledge level required of an emergency nurse. The questions represent each category of the CEN Content Outline by one third. For example, the category of Patient Care Management has 21 questions in the CEN exam and 7 on this prep exam. The 50-question CEN Prep Exam costs $30.

150-Question CEN Prep Exam—this prep exam contains the same 50 questions found in the 50-question version plus an additional 100 questions. These 150 questions equally represent each category of the CEN Content Outline. The 150-question CEN Prep Exam costs $75.

Advantages to Taking the CEN Prep Exam 

Taking the CEN Prep Exam will help you in the following ways:

  • Gain familiarity with computer-based testing. The questions on the prep exam are presented in a computer based testing form.  By taking the CEN Prep exam, it will help you get familiar with this type of testing on a computer prior to taking your CEN exam.
  • Experience the types of questions you will be asked on the CEN exam. Some questions on the prep exam have been used previously in a version of the CEN exam. By taking the prep exam, you can experience the types of questions written for the CEN exam.
  • Answer questions and receive feedback. You can immediately grade each of your responses and then see the correct answer with a rationale and references.

Ways to Use the CEN Prep Exam

Once you are signed up for the prep exam, you have access to it for a maximum of 90 days. During that time, you can open the exam as often as you like. There are three test modes from which to choose:

  • Certification mode – closely simulate the actual testing environment
  • Study mode – allows you to request the correct answer(s) and explanation during the test and the test taker can configure options
  • Custom mode – allows you to specify preferred testing environment such as objectives, timer, randomization, item quantity, items missed previously, etc. Upon completion of the exam, you are given the option of obtaining a score report and explanations of the correct answer. You can access the prep exam(s) as many times as you’d like within your 90-day purchase window.

You can use the CEN Prep Exam to receive feedback:

  • Receive feedback.  If you want feedback, simply open the exam in Study Mode as often as you like, and click on the “Show Answer” button to score each response and get feedback. In Study Mode you can set the option to allow answer changes.

Computer Requirements
Full system requirements are available here: http://www.measureup.com/getSupport/gettingSupport.aspx?851901-System-requirements. You can take your prep exam on multiple platforms including mobile devices. Your responses are progressively maintained so you can exit your prep exam from one device, start it later from another and will find yourself where you left off.

Prep Exam Registration Process
Sign up, receive a confirmation, instructions, and a hotkey in your e-mail account. Please note that the required fee must be paid by credit card.

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