A formal rule does not exist. You may take the state or national examination at any point after you have a completed initial application on file with the board. From previous successful candidates, feedback suggests you spend your practicum studying the state rules and statutes and take the state exam near the end of your practicum, spending the last month of the practicum studying for the national examination.
The state examination is open book and, through examination, is attempting to assure that all candidates have exposure to Minnesota specific Rules and Statutes. Board staff suggests you read the Rules and Statutes at least twice. It's important you understand where the referenced item is located in either Statutes or Rules. Minnesota's Book Store has the required books for sale with the information provided applicants in their initial packet acknowledging receipt of their application. See list of required books and use link on the State Exam page under the Applicants tab to get to Minnesota's Book Store. There is a limit to two examination attempts or the applicant must develop a study plan implemented during their six months period prior to completing a third examination.
The state exam is open book, therefore reviewing the content and being comfortable referencing each text is required and no practice questions exist.
NAB offers practice exams for a fee at the following website: http://www.nabweb.org/practice-exams. Valuable feedback suggests practicum students completing a practice examination at the front end of their practicum and then a second one towards the end of their practicum will identify study areas to focus upon for the initial NAB examination.
An unofficial index was created by another state agency in 1996 and is not updated on a regular basis. Therefore, it is considered unofficial and is provided for test takers as a tool to aide in locating subjects related to the questions. The simple index is alphabetized by subject matter for Minnesota Rules Chapter 4658. Use this index and the list of printed chapters at the beginning of the Statutes and Rules books to acquaint yourself with the order of the chapters. An electronic version is found on the website.
All questions are written or revised by board members who are licensed nursing home administrators. Questions are reviewed every three years to assure accuracy and reflect a contemporary question of current importance.
There are 34 multiple choice questions with ten beta questions which do not apply to the final required score of 18. The ten beta questions are statistically tested for future examinations and if a quality question are maintained in the exam bank. There are three different versions of the exam.