Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®) transitioning to Computer-Based Testing

ad_CPNRE_Computer-Based_TestingThe College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is pleased to announce that the Practical Nursing regulatory authorities have formally agreed to implement Computer-Based Testing for delivering the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®) in 2016.

We know that technology is playing an enhanced role in the delivery of licensure/registration testing.  As regulators, we want to be proactive and take advantage of opportunities offered by technology. Computer-Based Testing will allow candidates to take the CPNRE® on a computer in a secure test centre.

We are very excited to work with practical nursing regulators from across Canada to make this a successful undertaking for those taking the CPNRE® and entering the profession.

Question #1: What is Computer-Based Testing?

Answer:

  • Computer-Based Testing will allow candidates to take the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination on a computer in a secure test centre.
  • Use of computers is widely accepted for delivery of licensure/registration examinations.

Question #2: What do you mean by implementing Computer-Based Testing?

Answer:

  • We know that technology is playing an enhanced role in the delivery of licensure/registration testing.
  • As regulators, we want to be proactive and take advantage of opportunities offered by technology.
  • The regulators are committed to working together to implement computer-based testing for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination in 2016.

Question #3: What have you accomplished to date?

Answer:

  • We have formalized a planning structure for Canadian practical nursing regulators to work together.
  • We are meeting on a regular basis, and are engaging in a number of planning activities including developing the strategic steps and processes to advance this opportunity.

Question #4: Is the CPNRE® going to change because of going to Computer-Based Testing?

Answer:

  • The examination will remain the same regardless of whether it is administered by paper-and-pencil or by computer.
  • The CPNRE® is a valid, reliable and fair examination, and will continue to be offered in English and French. For more information about the CPNRE®, go to www.cpnre.ca.
  • Candidates will answer examination questions on a computer in a Test Centre rather than responding to examination questions on a scannable answer sheet.

 

2 Responses to “Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®) transitioning to Computer-Based Testing”

  1. At this time, the details about the CPNRE transition have yet to be finalized. Keep watching for future news on the progress of this change.