How Long Does It Take to Complete the CNA State Exam?

The state CNA exam consists of a 90-minute written part and a clinical section that takes 30 to 40 minutes. The exact questions and content of the exam may vary from state to state, but is generally uniform throughout the nation.

The theoretical section of the exam usually contains 60 questions, ten of which are not scored. Applicants may spend up to 90 minutes completing the written part. During the clinical section, individuals must demonstrate five selected skills, including hand washing and indirect care procedures, within a 30 to 40-minute time frame. The exact time limit depends on the specific skills the applicant must demonstrate.