What is CGFNS Test? All You Need To Know About CGFNS

What is CGFNS?

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) is an international special program designed for registered and first level nurses. The test is for those that study nurses outside the U.S.A and they are interested in practicing as registered nurses in the United States.

The Certification Program is a three-part program. The successful candidates are awarded a CGFNS Certificate.

The three parts of the program include:

  • A credentials review.
  • A Qualifying Exam of nursing knowledge.
  • An English language proficiency examination.

Please note that the applicants must successfully complete all three parts of the Certification Program in order to earn the CGFNS Certificate.


CGFNS Qualifying Exam Dates and Centers In Nigeria



The eligibility candidate for this program should have successfully completed Higher Secondary School Education, graduated from a Govt. Approved Nursing school and received theoretical instruction and clinical practice in nursing care of the adult (including medical and surgical nursing), maternal/infant nursing care, nursing care of children and psychiatric/mental health nursing. Note: All transcripts must come directly from source agencies. The candidates should hold a valid license/registration to practice as a general nurse.


CGFNS Qualifying Exam Structure

The CGFNS Qualifying Exam of nursing is basically offered three times a year at more than 40 locations spanning the globe.

The exam is divided into two parts with a total of 260 questions.

Part Examination Time No of Questions
Part 1 Nursing knowledge 2 hours and 30 minutes 150 questions
Break time for lunch
Part 2 English Language Proficiency 1 hour and 50 minutes 110 questions

The exam ensures that an applicant has the same level of understanding of nursing with various client groups, in various settings, as recent graduates of U.S. schools of nursing.


CGFNS Qualifying Exam Results

It will take approximately eight to ten weeks after taking the CGFNS Qualifying Exam before receiving the result, CGFNS will send you a letter telling you whether you passed or failed the exam. Mail delivery varies from country to country, so please allow up to four additional weeks for international deliveries.


How to Register for CGFNS

CGFNS Registration Procedure:

The registration for CGFNS can be done either online or mail.


Online registration can be done from the official website (http://www.cgfns.org). You need to have a credit card for that. They accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover/Novus.
NOTE: American Express card is not accepted.


You can download CGFNS form from its official website. You need to fill all the details correctly including a completed CGFNS credit card payment form, an international money order or a certified bank check. It should be “payable” to CGFNS.
Mail your form and other documents on the given address:
CGFNS International,
Suite 400,
3600 Market Street,
PA 19104-2651, USA.


CGFNS Qualifying Exam Dates and Centers:

The CGFNS Qualifying Exam is scheduled four times a year in March, July, September (in selected cities) and November, at more than 50 locations around the world. In order to be eligible to take the CGFNS Qualifying Exam during a certain test window, you will have to be approved by the date given in the table below.

Once approved, an Authorization to Test (ATT) notification letter is sent via email. You will be provided with two test “windows” of five days each where you will have the opportunity to choose one day.


March 12 – 16, 2018 January 31, 2018
July 9 – 13, 2018 May 31, 2018
September 10 – 14, 2018 July 31, 2018
November 12 – 16, 2018 September 30, 2018

All of your documents will need to be received and evaluated before that date.

Changing your Exam Date or Location:

  • You have opportunity to change your test or location within 72 hours before your original scheduled exam.
  • If you do not show up for your scheduled exam you will not be eligible for a refund and your fee cannot be used for a future exam.

Warning! If you select more than one test window, more than one location, or more than one date and time, your exam registration will be cancelled upon review and you will be required to re-register for a single selection.

For a complete list of CGFNS’ Qualifying Exam please visit: www.cgfns.org.


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Article by Nicholas

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