Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam I (NACE I)

General Information

In addition to general admission requirements, students requesting admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program will be required to validate their nursing knowledge and skills. Students must make a minimum score of 80 on the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam I (NACE I) to be eligible for advanced placement or a minimum score of 82 for LPN to ADN online option. The cost of the exam is the responsibility of the applicant and is set by the company.

Testing will begin in the fall semester and will end by January 15 of each academic year. The college reserves the right to extend testing after January 15.

The examination is administered by Sampson Community College and payment is due prior to testing. The examination cost is set by the company. NACE I is administered by Sampson Community College. Registration of the NACE I will occur on the morning of the exam. SCC does not accept remote NACE scores. Only exams administered by an approved on-site testing proctor will be accepted. Students are allowed only one attempt to test per academic year, regardless of location.

How To Register For The NACE I

Day of Exam

Once you arrive at 8:15 a.m., you will sign-in on the roster, show your photo identification, along with verifying that you brought your credit card to pay for your test. It is each student’s responsibility to show proof of photo identification, register & pay for the NACE on the morning of the exam.

  • Students are allowed use of a four-function calculator on the exam. One will be provided for you. Paper and pencil will also be provided.
  • Bring a photo ID and credit card to pay for your exam.
  • Arrive no later than 8:15 am. No one will be admitted once testing begins at 9:00 am.
  • Four (4) hours are allotted for the test.
  • If you are unable to be present for the testing date, please contact Dr. Tonita Smith 24 hours in advance at (910) 900-4112 or

After Exam

  • Test results will be made available online to students following completion of the exam. You will be able to access a detailed report of your scores through your NLN account.
  • Applicant scores will be sent to the Nursing Department within the next business day for review and consideration for admission. Applicants will be ranked based upon their NACE I exam scores; however, in the event of a tie, the date of application submitted will be considered.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Tonita Smith
Director of Counseling, Accessibility, and Testing
(910) 900-4112