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Information on CGFNS


What is CGFNS ... ?

CGFNS stands for Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. It is an independent non-profit organization sponsored by The American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing.

The CGFNS examination has been prepared by nurses, leading U.S. educators and practitioners. It tests a nurse's knowledge in the areas of Medical, Surgical, Obstetric, Pediatric and Psychiatric Nursing.

Also it covers the five areas of the nursing process, assessing, analysing, planning, implementing and evaluating for which first level registered nurses are taught in the U S. The examination is designed and moulded in such a way as to measure an applicant's qualification and background in the practice of nursing and proficiency in the English Language, which is imperative in this context.

Passing the CGFNS qualifying examination is the first step to be taken by a foreign nurse graduate who wants to practice nursing in U.S.A
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Who can apply for CGFNS ... ?

Applicants must have the following qualifications before taking the CGFNS Examination.

 Have successfully completed HSC/ pre-degreee or equivalent.

  • Graduate (or 3 years Diploma) from a Government approved nursing school whose two or more general nursing programme included both theory and clinical practice in each of the five areas of nursing - Medical Surgical, Obsteric, Pediatric , and Psychiatric.
  • Valid registration to practice as a general nurse in the country, province or state where they obtained their general nursing education

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What is structure of CGFNS Examination ... ?

The CGFNS examination lasts one full day and is broken down in the following manner :

  • Applicants will be permitted 2 1/2 hours for part-I of the nursing section of the examination, one hour for lunch one hour for TOEFL and one hour and 40 minutes for the second part of the nursing section.
  • The nursing sections of the examination consists of multiple choice questions in English, covering the major areas of nursing and nursing process.
  • The English language section of the examination consists of multiple choice questions and has three parts: Listening Comprehension, Vocabulary and Sentence structure.
  • You must pass the CGFNS Qualifying Examination and TOEFL within a two year time period. TOEFL may be taken prior to or following the CGFNS Qualifying Examination. The TOEFL passing scores for the CGFNS Certification Program as of July 1998 are:

    Test : TOEFL
    Passing Score (Computer) : 207
    Passing Score (Written) : 540

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CGFNS Qualifying Examination ... ?

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

Applicants are given two hours and 30 minutes for Part 1, which includes 150 questions. After breaking for lunch, applicants are given one hour and 50 minutes to complete Part 2, consisting of 110 questions.

The Qualifying Exam measures an applicant's nursing knowledge and is based on what nurses must know and do when they practice nursing in the United States. The foundations of the Qualifying Exam are based on client (patient) needs. The traditional clinical areas of nursing practice -- nursing care of the adult, nursing care of children, maternal/infant nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing and community health nursing -- are covered.

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. Both the CGFNS Qualifying Exam and the NCLEX-RNŽ examination are based on the same framework of client needs because it provides a universal structure for defining nursing actions and competencies across all settings for all clients.

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TOEFL, TWE, TSE ... ?

There are three components of the CGFNS Certification Program; a Credentials review, a one day test of nursing knowledge and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). You must pass all three parts of the Certification Program in order to earn the CGFNS Certificate.

You must pass the CGFNS Qualifying Examination and TOEFL within a two year time period. TOEFL may be taken prior to or following the CGFNS Qualifying Examination. The TOEFL passing scores for the CGFNS Certification Program as of July 1998 are:

Test : TOEFL
Passing Score (Computer) : 207
Passing Score (Written) : 540

You must apply directly to ETS to take the TOEFL examination. ETS will forward your TOEFL results to CGFNS upon your request. When filling out the ETS application, use the following code number when identifying score recipients: 9988. This number is extremely important since it identifies you specifically as a CGFNS candidate and insures that your ETS results will be forwarded for inclusion in your CGFNS file.

For information about taking the TOEFL examination, visit the ets website at http://www.ets.com

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Examination Dates ... ?

The examination is conducted thrice a year, i.e. in March, July and November, simultaneously from 50 centers throughout the world. CGFNS has announced the dates of its Qualifying Exam for 2002.

Application deadlines listed below cannot be extended.

The dates and deadlines are as follows:

Application Deadline
Examination Date
December 12, 2001 March 13, 2002
April 10, 2002 July 10, 2002
August 14, 2002 November 13, 2002

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