Nurse Executive Practice Test

If you need help studying for the ANCC Nurse Executive exam or just want some more information about what the exam is like, you’ve come to the right place.

Click below to take a free Nurse Executive practice test!

Exam Eligibility

Before you can register to take the Nurse Executive exam, you’ll have to meet ALL of the requirements below:

  • You need to have a current RN license that’s valid in the US
  • You need at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • You need to have had least 30 hours of continuing nursing administration education within the last 3 years
  • You need to have some previous nursing administration, management, or teaching practice

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

What’s on the Exam?

Questions: 150
Time limit: 3 hours

First, let’s talk about the questions on the exam. There are 150 multiple-choice questions total, but only about 125 of the questions will count toward your score. Why is that?

Unscored Questions
The 25 unscored questions on the exam are “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 four sections of the Nursing Executive exam:

39 scored questions

  • Federal employment laws
  • Staffing fundamentals
  • Team performance management
  • Principles and styles of communication
  • Employee engagement strategies
  • Employee performance management

26 scored questions

  • Continuous process improvement
  • Culture of safety
  • Research and practice methods
  • Change management frameworks

18 scored questions

  • Reimbursement methods
  • Leadership styles
  • Financial management

42 scored questions

  • ANA Code of Ethics
  • ANA Nursing Administration Scope and Standards of Practice
  • Patient experience facilitation
  • Technology evaluation and integration
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Care delivery evaluation
  • Regulatory and compliance standards

How to Register

To begin the registration process, you’ll need to create an account via the ANCC website. This account will give you the ability to register for the exam.

The examination fee is $395 (ANA members pay a discounted price of $295).

Nurse Executive Test Study Guide and Flashcards

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How is the Exam Scored?

The Nurse Executive exam is scored using a scaled scoring method. Here’s how it works:

For every question you answer correctly, you get one point added to your raw score. At the end of the test, your final raw score will be converted to a scaled score. This scaled score can go up to a maximum of 500.

You will need a scaled score of at least 350 to pass the exam.

The reason your raw score is converted to a scaled score is because everyone that takes the test is given a slightly different set of questions. Since everyone has a different arrangement of questions, and because some questions are harder than others, converting your raw score to a scaled score ensures a more even playing field.

Retaking the Exam

If you didn’t get the score you wanted on your first try, that’s okay!

You can take the exam up to three times in any 12-month period, and you’ll have to wait at least 60 days between each attempt.

Online Nurse Executive Prep Course

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  • Review Lessons Covering Every Topic
  • 750+ Nurse Executive Practice Questions
  • More than 350 Electronic Flashcards
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How many questions are on the Nurse Executive exam?


The exam contains 150 questions in total.


What is the time limit for the Nurse Executive exam?


The exam is timed at 3 hours.


What is the passing score for the Nurse Executive exam?


You’ll need to get a final score of at least 350 to pass the exam.


How much does the Nurse Executive exam cost?


The exam fee is $$395 ($295 for ANA members)