Maternal Newborn Nursing Practice Test

If you need help studying for the Maternal Newborn Nursing exam or just want some more information about what the test is like, you’ve come to the right place.

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Exam Eligibility

Before you can register to take the Maternal Newborn Nursing exam, you’ll have to meet all of the requirements below:

  • You need a valid RN license in the US or Canada
  • You need a minimum of 24 months of specialty experience
  • You need proof of employment within the specialty within the past two years

If you meet these requirements, you’re set to begin the registration process!

What’s on the Exam?

Questions: 175
Time limit: 3 hours

First, let’s talk about the questions on the exam. There are 175 multiple-choice questions total, but only 150 of the questions will count toward your score. Why is that?

Unscored Questions
The 25 unscored questions on the exam are called “pretest” questions. These are added to the exam to determine if they’re good enough questions to add to future versions of the test.

The trick is that you won’t have any way of knowing which questions are scored and which ones are pretest. They will appear just like the scored questions throughout the test.

The time limit for the exam is 3 hours. There aren’t any scheduled breaks, but you’re free to take restroom breaks as needed.

Let’s take a closer look at the different sections of the exam.

7% of the exam

  • Intrapartum factors
  • Antenatal factors

26% of the exam

  • Lactation
  • Physiologic changes
  • Physical assessment
  • Newborn feeding and nutrition
  • Psychosocial and ethical issues
  • Nursing care

19% of the exam

  • Newborn care and family education
  • Transition to extrauterine life
  • Resuscitation
  • Stabilization
  • Physical assessment
  • Gestational age assessment

24% of the exam

  • Hematologic
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular
  • Infection
  • Mood and substance use disorders

24% of the exam

  • Respiratory
  • Genetic
  • Endocrine
  • Hematologic
  • Neurological
  • Cardiovascular
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Metabolic

How to Register

Once you’ve ensured that you meet all of the eligibility requirements, you can register for the exam.

To get started, you’ll need to submit an application on NCC’s website. The application will ask you for your contact information and any documentation to prove your eligibility (among other things). When you submit the application, you’ll also need to submit the application fee, which is $50.

Once your application is approved, you’ll be given information on how to register for a testing appointment. During registration, you’ll need to pay the $275 exam fee.

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Exam Scores

The Maternal Newborn Nursing exam is scored using two methods: criterion-referenced scoring and scaled scoring.

Criterion-Referenced Scoring
The NCC board of directors have determined the specific knowledge and skills required to be a competent maternal newborn nurse and created the questions based on the criteria they came up with. They then came up with a cut-off score that reflects the minimum level of knowledge and skills you need.

Scaled Scoring
For security and validity reasons, each administration of the exam contains a slightly different set of questions. Since everyone has a different arrangement of questions, and because some questions are harder than others, the cut-off score and your final score are converted to a scaled score to ensure a more even playing field.

When you get your score report, it gives you a short descriptor of how you did on each section of the exam instead of giving you exact scoring information. There are five levels of feedback you can receive:

  • WEAK

Here’s an example of what this looks like:

Example score report information

Retaking the Exam

If you didn’t get a passing score on your first try, that’s okay! You can retake the test after a 90-day waiting period.

Keep in mind that you will have to pay the full testing fee every time you retake the test.

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How many questions are on the Maternal Newborn Nursing exam?


The exam contains 175 questions.


What is the time limit for the Maternal Newborn Nursing exam?


The exam is timed at 3 hours.


What is the passing score for the Maternal Newborn Nursing exam?


The exact passing score is unknown.


How much does the NCC Maternal Newborn Nursing cost?


The full fee for the exam is $325, which includes the $50 application fee.