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Get Ready for the Exam!

Congratulations on making the decision to achieve your certification and demonstrate your knowledge! BCEN® offers the following items to help you prepare.

Use this checklist to help guide you in preparation from application, practice test to scheduling your exam.

Review the Content Outline
Use the content outline to become familiar with the topics on the exam.

View the CEN® Content Outline.

Take a CEN Practice Exam as Your Final Pretest and also Determine Your Weak Areas
Taking a CEN practice exam will assist with identifying areas to concentrate your study and will help you become familiar with the types of questions that may be on your exam. If you purchased a CEN practice exam, do a final run-through.  Plus, you can access the CEN practice exam multiple times within your 90 day window. 

Purchase the CEN Practice Exam.

Identify Your Learning Style and Create a Study Plan
Are you an auditory, kinesthetic, or visual learner? Identify your optimal learning style. Learn more.

Apply for and Schedule the Exam
Read through the Candidate Handbook.

Then apply for the exam in your BCEN account and schedule your exam appointment with Pearson VUE, our test delivery provider. You will receive an exam eligibility e-mail from BCEN upon completion of your application and receipt of payment in full.  Your exam eligibility e-mail contains important information on your 90-day test window, where and how to schedule your exam appointment with Pearson VUE.

Familiarize Yourself with a Computer Based Test Delivery System
You may also familiarize yourself with the look, feel and navigation of a Pearson VUE computer-based exam before your scheduled exam.  Click here to view a Pearson VUE testing tutorial and practice exam.

Exam Day - What to Expect
Increase your comfort level before you sit for your exam – take a tour of a Pearson Professional Center so you will know what to expect on your scheduled exam day.

Check out what to expect on test day at a Pearson Professional Center.

Sit for the Exam
If successful, renew your certification in 4 years. If unsuccessful, you may re-test 3 months after studying your lower-scoring content areas.


Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

BCEN's Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®) credential have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association