I vividly recall sitting in the back of a lecture hall one day as I neared graduation from my nurse practitioner program. Distracted from the presentation at hand, I found myself looking up passing rates for the national nurse practitioner certification exam. Anxiety over the upcoming test was constantly on my mind, and study sessions took up most of my free time. 

Landing upon a few stats revealing the number of NPs passing the certification exam, I felt reassured. The success rate for the test was over 80 percent. Surely, I was not among the lowest 20 percent of my class when it came to academic performance, right? 

If you find yourself in a similar scenario, checking out pass rates for the national nurse practitioner certification exam may give you an edge when it comes to your test taking strategy. Knowing which test gives you the greatest odds of success is to your advantage. If you plan to take the NP certification exam this year, check out the following tables outlining the percentage of family and adult-gerontology nurse practitioners passing the ANCC and AANP certification exams. 

The nurse practitioner certification exam is the culmination of your NP education. While clinical commitments, finals, and a job search may compete for your time, studying for the test must be taken seriously. Create a plan of action for including a study timeline to ensure your success.


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3 thoughts on “How Likely are You to Pass the NP Certification Exam?”

  • Wow that pass rate for ANCC (FNP) in 2014 is horrid :-/ Makes me really lean toward the AANP route, which I will need to apply for in a few weeks. Thanks for the info!

  • You did not include any statistics from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners & Pediatric Mental Health Specialists.

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