Certification Statistics

Exam Cut Scores

For the CNOR, CRNFA and CNS-CP certification examinations, there is one reported pass/fail decision score. You need a total test scale score of at least 620 to pass each of these examinations. Scores are determined by converting the number of questions answered correctly to a scale score that ranges from 200 to 800.

A scale score is transformed from raw test score (the number of test questions answered correctly). The process is something like transforming height (your test performance) from centimeters (your raw score) into inches (your scale score). To interpret any test score, a uniform frame of reference is required. Scale scores provide that frame of reference based on the standard adopted by the CCI of the amount of knowledge necessary to pass without regard to the specific test form or version taken. A scale score of at least 620 is required to pass.

PLEASE NOTE THAT A SCALE SCORE IS NEITHER THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS YOU ANSWERED CORRECTLY NOR THE PERCENTAGE OF QUESTIONS YOU ANSWERED CORRECTLY.

Number of Candidates Tested in 2016

  • CNOR: 4,766
  • CRNFA: 52
  • CNS-CP: 3
  • CSSM: 29

2016 Pass/Fail Statistics

  • CNOR Pass Rate: 67% (1)
  • CRNFA Pass Rate: 77% (2)
  • CNS-CP Pass Rate: 67% (2)
  • CSSM Pass Rate: 83% (2)

Number of Certificants as of 12/31/16

  • CNOR: 37,770
  • CRNFA: 1,260
  • CNS-CP: 65
  • CSSM: 122

Number of People Recertified in 2016

  • CNOR: 5,277
  • CRNFA: 139
  • CNS-CP: N/A
  • CSSM: N/A

Note 1 – The pass rate for first time test takers for the calendar year 2016.
Note 2 – All test takers for calendar year 2016.