CPRE Examination


NRPA devotes extensive resources to the development and maintenance of two national exams. Exam development is a resource-intensive process. The CPRP and CPRE each require 8-month development cycles from design to administration. Throughout this process, we rely on extensive subject matter expert and generalist reviews to ensure high quality, accuracy, consistency, and fairness that offers and exam that reflects practical knowledge and real-world skills.

Exam Date

All candidates will receive a confirmation email after submitting a completed application to NRPA.Candidates schedule their own date in coordination with the testing company. Examinations must be scheduled one year from the date the initial application is processed. Testing site availability includes Monday-Friday (some Saturdays), year-round.

Exam Locations

The CPRE examination is offered by Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP) at approximately 200 sites in the United States and additional sites internationally. The exam is administered via computerized test at designated testing centers. For a list of testing centers nearest you, go to AMP Testing Centers, or call 1-888-519-9901. Download an application.

Exam Content

1. Sample questions to familiarize you with the exam structure and computerized testing (not scored)
2. 150 test questions, including 125 upon which your score will be based, and 25 randomly inserted questions that will not be scored, but are being validated for possible future exam use
3. Content areas include communication, finance, human resources, operations and planning

Passing Score for the Exam

Passing scores are re-evaluated annually and are based on how difficult that year’s test is determined to be by subject matter experts. This means that the number of correct answers needed to pass may vary slightly from year to year; the current number of correct answers to pass the test is 97 out of 125 scored questions (November, 2011). Test results are provided to you on-site. You will receive a separate score per content area, and a total score; you will not be provided individual question results.

Special Accommodations

AMP and NRPA comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and strives to ensure that no individual with a disability as defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment is deprived of the opportunity to take the examination solely by reason of that disability. AMP will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities. Candidates requesting special accommodations must call AMP at 1-888-519-9901 to schedule their examination. Verification of the disability and a statement of the specific type of assistance needed must be made in writing to AMP at least 45 calendar days prior to your desired examination date by completing the Request for Special Examination Accommodations form. AMP will review the submitted forms and will contact you regarding the decision for accommodations. 

AMP is equipped with Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TDD) to assist deaf and hearing-impaired candidates. TDD calling is available 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) Monday thru Friday at 913-895-4637. This TDD phone option is for individuals equipped with compatible TDD machinery.

Candidates with English as a Second Language

Candidates with English as a second language are authorized to use of the time extension or translation dictionary accommodation. All ESL Request forms must be submitted to NRPA at the time of application. NRPA will notify the candidate within 10 business days if their request is approved.

Study Materials

Read the CPRE Candidate Handbook for details relating to the exam, reference materials and procedural details.

Following successful completion of the examination, candidates will obtain a score report. If the candidate has passed the examination a certificate will be sent from NRPA within one to two months.

Need to Re-test?

Individuals who recently failed their exam, or had their CPRE certification expire without renewing, are eligible to use the CPRE Exam-Only Application.

For questions or further information on certification and eligibility, please email us at