NP Certification Exam Info & Links (to study for the exam)
"THE NP review course with THE MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE*"

AANP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

AANPCP Forms and Documents

Candidate and Renewal Information Booklet  (contains their free sample questions).

AANPCP Testing Domains

The contents of this website/webpage are for informational purposes only. Please visit the  AANPCP or ANCC web sites for more 
information and updates. 

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP)

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGNP-C)
This exam was released on January 2013. 
It contains 150 questions (15 questions are not graded). Total testing time counted is 3.5 hours.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C)
The current version was released on released in 2014. It contains 150 questions (only 135 graded).
Testing time is 3 hours.

Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-C)
This exam was released in 2012. It contains 150 questions (only 135 graded). Time alloted is 3 hours.
​It will be permanently retired on 2016. 

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP-BC)
Contains 200 questions (25 questions not graded) . 
Only 175 questions are graded. The testing time is 
4 hours. Released January 2013. 

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC)
Contains 200 questions. Only 175 questions are graded. Released on August 2013. The New FNP exam will be released on February 2016. 

Adult Nurse Practitioner Exam (ANP-BC)
This test was released on 2012. Application deadline is December 2015. This exam will be permanently retired in 2016.

When do you find out the test scores?

You will know whether you "Pass" or "Fail" after the exam. Do not forget to ask the exam proctor to print out of your unofficial score. If you passed, your wall certificate is mailed to you within 2 to 3 weeks. If you fail, you will receive a letter with information about the domains/categories that you had low scores on.

What are the passing scores?
AANPCP: 500 or higher (100 - 800)
ANCC: 350 or higher (100 - 500) 

Non-Clinical Questions vs. Clinical Questions
There are few non-clinical questions on this exam (compared with ANCC's exam). Most questions are clinical.  Only 135 questions (out of 50) are graded. 

Their exam contains about 25% to 30% non-clinical questions. There will be about 43 questions that are about non-clinical topics. Therefore about 132 questions (out of 175 graded) is clinical.

ANCC Certification Information by Specialty

ANCC General Testing and Renewal Handbook (2013 since this batch of exams were released in 2013)

Important Links for your Study Prep

AANP free sample exam questions are printed on their handbook only. They do sell a web-based sample exam. Check out their website.

Below are free sample exams from the ANCC. You can take it online and it will get scored.​ You can take as many times as you want. They also sell a web-based exam.

ANCC FNP Sample Exam

ANCC FNP exam new format sample questions
Sample Questions/FamilyNP/

ANCC Adult-Gerontology Sample Exam

Medical Ethics for nursing (great source)

CDC Epidemiology Glossary

Evidence-based Medicine

Eye Conditions (great pictures)

ANCC Links
Their sample exams are great to practice on and it is scored online so you get feedback asap.
The links are on the orange box above.

They also sell sample exams online. 
Cost $109.00 with 90 day access. 

AANP Links
Their free sample questions are printed in their exam handbook (pdf online).

The sell a web-base Practice Examination which cost $50.00 per exam.