About the CGRN Exam

ABCGN LAUNCHES NEW CGRN EXAM FOR MAY 2017!

Important note: Due to the implementation of the new CGRN exam blueprint, immediate scoring will not be available for those that test during the May 2017 testing window. This means that candidates will receive a test completion notice when they have completed their exam. Candidates can expect to receive their exam results within 12 weeks from the close of the May 31, 2017 exam window. 

The Examination: There is one ABCGN certification examination for RNs. The examination is based on role delineations -- surveys of practitioners which define the scope of practice and the knowledge and skills required to function in the field. All examination items are written by certified individuals with expertise in the field of gastroenterology and/or gastroenterology endoscopy nursing practice.

Test Items (Questions): Test items are reviewed, referenced and validated by the ABCGN Item Writers Committee and, finally, edited by the testing company for construction, grammatical correctness and clarity. Examination Content The RN examination each consist of 150 multiple choice questions. Each question has four choices and one correct answer. Candidates have three hours to complete either examination.

The RN examination contains questions from four major content areas: general nursing care, gastroenterological procedures, patient care interventions and environmental safety, infection prevention and control. All questions are directly related to the GI specialty. More specific information regarding the content of the examinations is included in the Appendix of the Certification Handbook.

Preparation for the Examination: ABCGN does not sponsor or endorse test preparation or review courses for the certification examinations. SGNA, ABCGN's sister organization, offers both courses and materials for the exam and recertification. Visit www.SGNA.org for more details.

It is highly recommended that all candidates carefully read the Certification Handbook and review the Exam Resources before applying for the exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if I passed the exam?
You will see your results immediately upon completing the exam and will be able to print a copy of your results at the testing center. 

When will I get my certificate and pin?

Certificates will be mailed out 12 weeks from the close of the exam window. Your CGRN pin will be mailed in a separate envelope. 

I need a copy of my receipt, so I can get reimbursed. Where can I find it?

Log into the Certification Center and click on the application you submitted. An option to print your receipt will be available. 

I need to cancel or reschedule my exam. How do I do that?

To cancel or reschedule your exam, you must contact Prometric at least 30 business days prior to your test date. If you fail to notify them before 30 days, you will be charged a $25 cancellation or rescheduling fee.  To cancel or reschedule your exam appointment, go to www.prometric.com. Or call 800.853.6769. Note: If you want to reschedule your exam to the next testing cycle, see the Rollover Option below.

I want to rollover my registration and reschedule to the next testing period. What do I need to do?
The rollover option is only applicable if this is your initial registration. If you have already rolled over your exam registration, you cannot rollover again.

If you have not yet scheduled through Prometric: Contact ABCGN at info@abcgn.org or 855.252.2246 and inform us you wish to rollover your registration. You are only eligible to rollover to the next testing period, which is October 2017. If you chose to rollover, you will need to submit a new application during the Fall registration period and pay a $50 fee.

If you have already scheduled through Prometric: First, cancel your scheduled appointment through Prometric by visiting www.prometric.com or calling 800.853.6769. Your exam date must be at least 30 days out, otherwise you will be required to pay a $25 fee to Prometric. Second, contact ABCGN at info@abcgn.org or 855.252.2246 and inform us you wish to rollover your registration. You are only eligible to rollover to the next testing period, which is October 2017. If you chose to rollover, you will need to submit a new application during the Fall registration period and pay a $50 fee.

Important Dates
Recertification Deadline: December 31, 2017
2017 Spring  Exam Testing Window : May 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017 
2017 Fall Exam Registration Window : June 1, 2017 - August 15, 2017 (only for 2017 Fall Exam Registration)
Select your testing time and location through Prometric: Available after registration window closes