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Preparing for Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE) is usually a stressful experience. After investing your time, money and energy completing nursing school, you face the challenge of taking a national licensure exam whose outcome determines if you are issued your Registered Nursing License. There are no special secrets, hidden clues or quick fixes when it comes to CRNE. The National Council does not make past CRNE questions available, so no one has an advantage over you. Preparing for CRNE requires hard work, but it can be less stressful if you develop and follow a specific plan. After conducting review courses and writing review books for more than 10 years, my recommendation is for you to:

Organize You should understand how the CRNE is structured and what the test is asking of you. To obtain current CRNE information, log onto, The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) web site.  This site contains helpful information how to become registered nurse in Canada and more.

And you need to know what resources can help you prepare in the most efficient manner. You should have effective study aids for this review process. A good review book and computer generated questioner will assist your further study and review Edith's Review for CRNE and Edith's Review for CRNE-RPN  helped thousands of candidates for many years. A clear and concise review of nursing content with supporting questions, answers and rationale, this book is much more effective than a review that contains only questions and answers.

Assess   So that you can focus your time and energy in the proper places, you should assess your readiness to take the CRNE and identify your areas of strengths and weaknesses.

Study After you identify your weak areas, use a review book for further study. The review books described on this web site will fill your needs without your having to purchase several books. In addition to a complete review of nursing content, the RN and RPN books contain questions at the completion of each clinical chapter, simulated CRNE tests and a CD-ROM. The quality of your practice questions is more important than the quantity.

Reassess After you study topics where your knowledge base is lacking, take additional practice questions to measure your progress and give you feedback. Memorizing facts and figures and detailed information will not be sufficient. Once you know where you need additional study, more testing will help, providing that you take questions that are similar in content and difficulty with CRNE. Remember, CRNE will test your ability to analyze problems, apply your knowledge and make decisions.

The examination is composed of four books with approximately 270-290 multiple-choice questions. 60% of the questions are presented within cases; 40% are presented as independent questions. Within the case-based component, questions are further broken down into 40% short answer and 60% multiple-choice format. Experimental items are usually included on the examination, but are not counted in the scoring process. The four books are written over one day, with 4 hours allotted for each book. 

A study guide, the Canadian RN Examination Prep Guide, 4th Edition has been developed by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) to assist candidates prepare for the examination. CNA has also developed a CRNE Readiness Test which can be accessed on their website:

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