Authorization to Test and Scheduling CMSRN

Once your application has been reviewed and processed, you will return to your exam receipt and follow instructions provided for your Authorization to Test. Next, schedule your computer-based testing (CBT) exam at a Prometric testing center.

Authorization to Test (ATT)

nursesYour Your ATT will provide a 90-day period within which to take your exam. You have 85 days to schedule your exam, as you are not able to schedule an exam 5 days or less before the end of your 90-day test period. Your ATT will also contain information about how to schedule your exam.  Be sure to schedule your exam appointment as soon as possible, even if you plan to test towards the end of the 90-day period. Exam dates will vary by location and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Your registration receipt contains a link called “certification application” and serves as your ATT. Depending on your application review, you may be able to schedule an exam same day and up to 3 days after submitting your application. If you’re unable to schedule an exam date, MSNCB may need to collect further information from you.  If you are unable to schedule your exam within 1 week, contact MSNCB at

You must bring one unexpired, government-issued photo ID with a signature (e.g., driver's license or passport) when you arrive at the Prometric testing center. If you are testing outside of your country of citizenship, you must present a valid passport. If you are testing within your country of citizenship, you must present either a valid passport, driver's license, national ID or military ID. Temporary paper copies are unacceptable.

Your name on your Prometric confirmation page must match your government issued photo ID.  If they do not match, contact MSNCB immediately.


There is no charge for changing an appointment within the same testing period if the change is made more than 15 days in advance of your current appointment. If rescheduling between 6-15 days of your scheduled appointment, you will be charged $25 at the time the change is made. You will not be permitted to reschedule your exam within 5 days of a scheduled exam.


To schedule or reschedule your exam appointment outside of your assigned 90-day period, you may request a one-time 90-day extension (fees apply). Candidates must cancel any existing appointment to be eligible for an extension.

MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program™ candidates and are not eligible for an extension. Candidates who miss their exam appointment cannot reschedule or apply for an extension. Instead, the candidate must reapply and pay the full certification exam fees Learn more about extensions.


Candidates will receive a pass or fail status at the end of the exam. Candidates will receive a PDF containing a detailed score report from Prometric via email within 24 hours of exam completion. A total score and subscores in the examination content areas are provided. Subscores in each of the examination content areas can be used to assist in further study for those who choose to retake the exam.

Please note, MSNCB exam candidates will not have online access to view the score report.