CEN Test Guide
The Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) exam, trademarked by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), tests an individual's understanding and skills in the field of emergency nursing. The purpose of CEN certification is to provide a means of measuring the attainment and application of emergency nursing knowledge that is necessary to function at a proficient level. CEN certification encourages continued education for emergency nurses and formally recognizes them for their ability to meet the requirements of the CEN exam.
In order to be eligible to take the CEN exam, a candidate is required to have a current, unrestricted nursing license or certificate equivalent to a registered nurse (RN) in the United States. Although not required, it is further recommended that an individual have at least two years experience in emergency room nursing.
Before being able to take the exam, one must first request an application from the BCEN. Upon approval from the BCEN, qualified applicants will receive a handbook and authorization letter, which will allow the individual to schedule an exam date.
CEN certification lasts for four years.
Test Content and Preparation
The CEN exam consists of 175 multiple choice questions, 150 of which are scored. There are thirteen sections to the CEN exam:
A candidate needs a score of 70% to pass.
When preparing for the CEN, it is important that one be very familiar with test content. Study guides, text books, practices tests and practice problems are useful resources to utilize. Also, prior to taking the CEN exam, an individual should be comfortable with computer orientation. Knowing how to answer questions electronically will help to eliminate any confusion with the CEN computer-based testing system.
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