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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (PMHN) Readiness Test

Prepare for the PMHN Certification Exam with our Readiness Test

Ease testing anxiety and evaluate your preparedness for the ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (PMHN) Certification exam. Developed by an education task force panel of certified psychiatric-mental health nurses, the Readiness Test allows test takers to assess their knowledge and proficiency in all content domains or specific domain areas.

It is recommended to schedule the Comprehensive Readiness Test first, and if needed, schedule the Domain-Specific Readiness Test to strengthen identified weak performance areas.

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The Readiness Test provides certification candidates with the unique opportunity to test knowledge comprehensively or in a focused content domain of the PMHN Test Content Outline, experience the timed, live-proctored testing environment before taking the certification exam, and receive valuable, diagnostic performance feedback after the Readiness Test.

The Readiness Test is not a required study aid for the PMHN Certification Exam.

STEP 1: Choose Your Readiness Test

You may schedule for an in-person test or live remote proctoring through Prometric. Test takers will have 75 minutes to answer 60 questions in both testing environments. Each Readiness Test is priced at $75 and can be purchased multiple times. A detailed score report will be provided by email after completion of the Readiness Test. The score report will include the performance percent score, the minimum percent passing score, and the number of questions answered correctly in each content domain.

Please note that a testing session cannot be scheduled on the same day.

Please reference this information before scheduling your Readiness Test:

Comprehensive Readiness Test Specifications

Includes  60 questions in all four content domains

PMHN Comprehensive Readiness (launching Nov. 1)

Domain-Specific Readiness Test Specifications

Includes 60 questions focused in one specific content domain

PMHN Readiness D1: Assessment and Diagnosis (coming soon)
PMHN Readiness D2: Planning (coming soon)
PMHN Readiness D3: Implementation (launching Nov. 1)
PMHN Readiness D4: Evaluation (coming soon)

STEP 2: Schedule

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The ANCC Readiness Test is not a requirement to prepare or qualify for the certification exam and does not in any way guarantee a passing score on the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (PMHN) Certification examination. Use of the ANCC Readiness Test is intended only to assist individuals in examining their readiness to sit for the PMHN Certification exam. Although the diagnostic report contains information that will assist in the assessment of your strengths and weaknesses as you prepare for the Certification exam, your performance on the Readiness Test does not imply successful performance on the Certification exam. Preparatory products not provided by ANCC are also available; although no specific preparatory products nor the ANCC Readiness Test are required to be used or purchased to achieve success on the PMHN Certification exam.
Please be advised that the delivery mechanism for the ANCC Readiness Test is independent of ANCC. ANCC staff cannot access the tests as delivered. Therefore, ANCC staff cannot address technical difficulties that may arise during the administration of the Readiness Test or answer questions specific to your Readiness Test. Be sure to read the Test Description and Instructions on the Prometric Readiness Test site carefully at the beginning of the session. For any technical problems associated with taking the Readiness Test, please click on this link:

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Q: Whom should I contact with questions about ANCC's Readiness Tests?
A: Email

Q: Who can take the Readiness Test?
A: Anyone who is considering applying for a certification, planning to retest for a certification, or wanting the experience of taking a test administered by Prometric.

Q: Are there any requirements to schedule a Readiness Test?
A: There are no eligibility requirements to take a Readiness Test.

Q: What COVID-19 safety measures are in place at the Prometric testing centers?
A: You will be required to wear a mask in a testing center. For more details on COVID-19 precautions at testing centers, please visit this link:

Prometric test center availability may vary according to state regulations and limited capacity restrictions. Please see this link for current Prometric test site availability:

Q: What payment methods are accepted when scheduling a Readiness Test?
A: Prometric accepts all major credit cards.

Q: What is the difference between the ANCC Readiness Tests and Certification Preparation?
A: The ANCC Readiness Tests include questions previously used on ANCC’s certification exams. The tests are administered in the same timed, live-proctored testing environment as the actual certification exam, and upon completion, test takers receive valuable, diagnostic performance feedback.

Q: Does the Readiness Test have to be completed in one sitting?
A: Yes, the Readiness Test must be completed in one sitting. The test is administered in a timed, live-proctored environment.

Q: Can I request special testing accommodations?
A: Accommodations can only be requested when applying for your certification exam. Readiness test takers should select ‘No’ to the testing accommodations question when scheduling with Prometric. If you have any questions, please contact

Q: If I purchase the Readiness Test more than once, will it have the same questions each time?
A: Yes, the questions will be the same.

Q: How many times can I take a Readiness Test?
A: You can take a Readiness Test as many times as needed.

Scheduling and Test Administration

Q: How do I reschedule or cancel my Readiness Test?
A: If you wish to change your test date or time, you must do so by the second calendar day prior to your appointment. Rescheduling and canceling appointments can be accomplished via the Web site (, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or by calling Prometric's Call Center at 1- 800-350-7076.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is no fee to reschedule or cancel an appointment if the change is made more than 15 days prior to your appointment. If you reschedule or cancel 8 – 14 days prior to your appointment, you will be charged a $20 fee. If you reschedule or cancel 2-7 days prior to your appointment, you will be charged a $25 fee. If an appointment is cancelled in less than 2 calendar days of your appointment, you will forfeit your entire fee.

Q: How do I find the Prometric Test Center location closest to me?
A: Please visit and select "Locate."

Q: I have not been able to find available appointments at a Prometric testing site. What can I do?
A: We recommend that you continue to check for testing center availability via It is possible that you may need to travel farther than usual to the closest available test center.

Q: Can ANCC help me with scheduling my Readiness Test?
A: ANCC staff are unable to assist with scheduling your Readiness Test. Please visit to schedule your exam. If you are unable to schedule via the link above, you may call the Prometric Registration and Scheduling line at 1.800.688.5805.

Q: I cannot reach anyone at Prometric for assistance. What can I do?
A: You may send an email to You may also call the Prometric Candidate Care line at 1.800.853.6769. Responses may be delayed as Prometric has received a higher than usual number of inquiries.

Q: I was able to schedule my Readiness Test at a Prometric testing center. How can I switch my appointment to a Live Remote Proctoring appointment?
A: You will need to cancel your existing appointment at the testing center and then schedule a different appointment for a Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) session.

Q: What should I do if I purchased the wrong Readiness Test?
A: Please contact Prometric's Call Center at 1- 800-350-7076.

Q: What are the system requirements for Live Remote Proctoring (LRP)?
A: Please review Prometric’s Welcome to ProProctor Guide for important information about Live Remote Proctoring at, which includes the specific system requirements necessary for using the Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) function. To conduct a system readiness check, please see this link:

For more information to assist you in choosing whether to test at a Prometric Testing Center or via Live Remote Proctoring, please visit this link: Considerations for Choosing a Testing Option.

Q: Will I be able to take notes during my Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) session?
A: Prometric offers a Scratchpad, which will open as a floating window for test takers to capture digital notes during their Readiness Test. Any notes that the test taker includes on the Scratchpad will be retained during the entire duration of the test and will be purged at the conclusion of the test. This scratchpad will replace the opportunity for candidates to have blank pieces of scratch paper to use, during the test.

Q: What should I do if I experience technical difficulties?
A: If you need any technical assistance with launching your test, CLICK HERE to engage with a representative from Prometric’s Global Help Desk.

Test Results

Q: When will I receive my score report for the Readiness Test?
A: Your score report will be sent within an hour to the email address you used when scheduling your appointment. Click here to view your score report.

Q: How is the Readiness Test scored?
A: The score report for the Readiness Test provides the percentage of questions that were answered correctly from the total number of questions (percent score). If a test taker was unable to answer all 60 questions on the form, then the score is the percentage of questions that were answered correctly based on the total number of answered questions. The percentage score determines whether a test taker has passed the Readiness Test.

In addition, the score report will provide the number of questions that were answered correctly in each domain as well as the total number of questions in that domain.

While the score report contains information that will assist in the assessment of the test taker’s strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the Certification exam, the performance on the Readiness Test is not an exact prediction of performance on the Certification exam.

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