What Happens After You Take The CRNA Examination

To be or not to be a CRNA

So you’ve decided you want to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), you’ve sought out the best CRNA schools for you, and you’ve completed your coursework leading up to the examination. Well, the exam is in, and now you wait… what happens now?

Perhaps one of the most nerve-wracking moments within an aspiring CRNA’s career comes immediately after taking the examination. It’s during this wait period your immediate future is decided. While there is very little one can do to alleviate the stress that’s often felt during this intensive moment, many find the act of simply understanding what will likely occur in the days following the examination the perfect way to calm their mind. The following information is provided by the NBCRNA National Certification Examination Handbook, and is considered accurate as of January 2015.

Issues During or After the Examination

While you may have behaved properly throughout the examination, the NBCRNA states any test taker who engages in what they believe is improper behavior, such as trying to write down exam questions, taking photographs of the computer system or engaging in any other type of prohibited communication the NBCRNA may deny or revoke your eligibility for certification.

If there are any issues regarding your behavior, either because of your eligibility admission or during the administration of the examination, must be reported to the test taker within the three days after the exam. Any complaint filed after 72 hours of the exam will not be considered or pursued by the NBCRNA.

How Exams are Scored and When Results Are Delivered

The NBCRNA grades the examination in the form of correct and incorrect responses to each question. Because the difficulty of the examination is based upon the performance of the candidate, the scoring is adjusted as necessary. The examination is given a numerical estimate as you take the exam. Therefore, if you are in the middle of the examination and you have already scored too low for a passing score, the exam is automatically ceased and a pass/fail decision is made.

According to CRNA Schools Today, in order to successfully pass the examination, at least one of the following conditions must be achieved:

  • You clearly demonstrate competence within the topics. This decision is automatically decided anywhere between question 100 and 170.
  • You clearly demonstrate incompetence within the examination. This decision is also automatically determined anywhere between 100 and 170.
  • You’ve gone through the maximum number of questions, which is 170, and your scores are either above or below the pass/fail benchmark.
  • You’ve successfully taken the examination and went through the three hour maximum time period. If you have not completed a minimum of 100 questions within he three hours, you automatically failed.

As soon as you check out of the testing facility, you are given a preliminary pass or fail notice. It’s important to realize this is only a preliminary score, which has not been validated. You’ll receive your validated response within two to four weeks after the examination date. If you pass, you’ll be mailed an official certificate from the NBCRNA. If you failed, you’ll receive an official notification, along with official results and a diagnostic scale for the four primary content areas. Use this information to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Make sure to study the areas in which you failed before you reschedule the examination.