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Prometric Examination for Nurses in Saudi Arabia

Filipino nurses who want to work abroad often needs to prove their competence and skills by passing qualifying examinations such as Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), Health Authority Abu Dhabi-Registered Nurses (HAAD-RN), etc. For nurses who want to work in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Council Examination requires foreign nurses to take and pass the Prometric Examination.


Prometricis a testing and assessment provider that operates test centers in more than 160 countries. The Prometric for nurses is said to be in a lot of ways similar to the Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE).


The Prometric Exam for Nurses

In the Prometric Exam for nurses, examinees are given two hours to finish 70 questions in multiple-choice formats. It is a computer-based test and the result of the examination is available immediately after the exam.


For nursing technicians, the passing rate is 45% while for nurse specialists it is 50%.  The exam for nursing aides is comprised of the following parts:


Nursing Fundamentals: 28%

Medical 23%

Surgical 20%

Pediatric 16%

Community 13%


While the exam for nurse specialist is composed of:

Assessment 10%

Nursing Problem 6%

Planning 20%

Implementation 50%

Evaluation 14%


To schedule a prometric exam one needs to go to program to choose is Academic, Professional Licensure & Certification, Government, and Corporate Programs.


Then choose the test provider, in this case the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties-KSA. For Nurses, the type of exam to select should either be Nurse Technician or Nurse Specialist.


In the Philippines, the accredited testing center for Prometric exam is the Thomson Prometric located at Ateneo Professional Schools, 130 H. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village,Makati City. The contact number is (02) 892-0383. The exam fee in the Philippinesis USD90. The exam fee in Saudi Arabia is slightly lower at USD80. Online registration would only accept payment via major credit card companies such as MasterCard, Visa and America Express.



Those who want to change their exam date or time can do so by the third calendar day prior to the appointment by using the Reschedule/Cancel option on the prometric website.

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