Is CGFNS exam still required despite being Foreign RN living in US?

  1. 0 I'm a foreign RN (graduated in the Philippines) and now a permanent resident currently living in Wisconsin. I've enrolled for a CP (Certification Program) under CGFNS and I've been scheduled for a CGFNS exam on November. From what I understand, CP means taking the CGFNS exam and an English proficiently test (IELTS/TOEFL) in order to obtain a CGFNS certificate.

    Is there any way I can bypass the English exam since I'm already living here in Wisconsin? I've been trying to get in touch with the DSPS but I've been just passed around and ended up leaving useless voice mails. Who's going to decide about the bypassing of English test, the BON or the CGFNS (since they're the one issuing the certificate in the first place)?

    Also, to utilize my waiting time for all of these nursing stuff, I've applied to DSPS for a CNA certification. I've contacted the Pearson Vue about the eligibility route which means DSPS just has to check and verify my RN license so I can take the CNA certification exam.

    Please leave a comment down below about anything you know about this issue.
    Thank you so much.
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  3. Visit  jumerjumper profile page

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  4. Visit  miamomiami profile page
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    If you were educated in the Philippines, you have to take IELTS.

    Quoted from the CGFNS website:

    To be exempt from the English proficiency requirement, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:
    • country of nursing education was in Australia, Barbados, Canada (all provinces; the only approved schools in Quebec are: McGill University and Dawson College in Montreal, Vanier College in St Laurent, John Abbot College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, and Heritage College in Gatineau), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom or the United States.
    • textbook and instruction language was in English.

    So if you graduated from the UK, for example, you would be exempt.
  5. Visit  kitin_22 profile page
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    Quote from jumerjumper
    I'm a foreign RN (graduated in the Philippines) and now a permanent resident currently living in Wisconsin. I've enrolled for a CP (Certification Program) under CGFNS and I've been scheduled for a CGFNS exam on November. From what I understand, CP means taking the CGFNS exam and an English proficiently test (IELTS/TOEFL) in order to obtain a CGFNS certificate.

    Is there any way I can bypass the English exam since I'm already living here in Wisconsin? I've been trying to get in touch with the DSPS but I've been just passed around and ended up leaving useless voice mails. Who's going to decide about the bypassing of English test, the BON or the CGFNS (since they're the one issuing the certificate in the first place)?

    Also, to utilize my waiting time for all of these nursing stuff, I've applied to DSPS for a CNA certification. I've contacted the Pearson Vue about the eligibility route which means DSPS just has to check and verify my RN license so I can take the CNA certification exam.

    Please leave a comment down below about anything you know about this issue.
    Thank you so much.
    Hi,

    There's no way you can bypass the English test..I am also a RN in the Philippines and am living in Wisconsin..I passed my LPN, but before that, I had to take the English test (took TOEFL but you can take the IELTS too- easier). Now, just waiting for my CGFNS exam result to take the NCLEX-RN.. I also researched about bypassing the English test, but I assure you there is no way to do that here in Wisconsin.. Wishing you success..I live here in Oshkosh, Wisconsin..
  6. Visit  jumerjumper profile page
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    Hi, I took the CGFNS exam in November but I failed. I scored 387. A little bit over that too reach 411 for passing but unfortunately did not. I live in Madison. I took the exam in Milwaukee. Btw, Can we contact eachother through email? I'd like to ask you some questions regarding this thought. Mine is jumerjumper@yahoo.com. Thanks!
  7. Visit  kitin_22 profile page
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    Hello,

    I passed my CGFNS exam w/ 441 score on November too.. I also passed my TOEFL, so they sent me the CP certificate.. Now, waiting to take my NCLEX-RN=) sure I can give you my e-mail add..it's kitin_22@yahoo.com.. you can ask me anything..
  8. Visit  vavavu profile page
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    Hi! I am currently living in milwaukee, wisconsin and still waiting for my application for my cgfns. I would like to ask if what should i expect in the cgfns exam? Are the questions more like nlcex questions? Or much harder? Thank you. I am also an RN from the Philippines.
    Last edit by vavavu on Feb 8, '13
  9. Visit  kismetRN profile page
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    hello!

    can i ask about your recent CGFNS exam experience? were the questions similar to that practice questions from Saunders? I have my incoming exam this July 2013
  10. Visit  jumerjumper profile page
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    Quote from vavavu
    Hi! I am currently living in milwaukee, wisconsin and still waiting for my application for my cgfns. I would like to ask if what should i expect in the cgfns exam? Are the questions more like nlcex questions? Or much harder? Thank you. I am also an RN from the Philippines.
    Hello. Passed my CGFNS exam last feb and scored 497. I would say that the exam is more on knowledge and content area, fundamentals too. I took the NCLEX 2 days ago and the test format is nowhere near the same. CGFNS is a lot easier. You have to score 411 to pass. I used Saunders Q and A as I reviewed. I admit, the first time I took it, I was never religious in studying. The second time I did and fortunately passed, I used Saunders all the way. Esp with disease processes for content. I had a number of drugs too which were new. Good luck!!!
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    Quote from sibyl111507
    hello!

    can i ask about your recent CGFNS exam experience? were the questions similar to that practice questions from Saunders? I have my incoming exam this July 2013
    Yea the questions are a bit similar in terms of presentation. It was more on fundamentals and basic knowledge and recall. It wasn't hard enough that it had me thinking over my feet, but i would say review all areas, some you might recall but not as vivid as trying togo through every content area and that's where Saunders had helped me. God bless and good luck!
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  12. Visit  kismetRN profile page
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    Quote from jumerjumper
    Yea the questions are a bit similar in terms of presentation. It was more on fundamentals and basic knowledge and recall. It wasn't hard enough that it had me thinking over my feet, but i would say review all areas, some you might recall but not as vivid as trying togo through every content area and that's where Saunders had helped me. God bless and good luck!
    @jumerjumper - Thanks and congrats to you! Just now I read your reply.. Thank Goodness I too, passed the exam. yey!

    i remember there were 30 questions that I honestly didn't know the answers and upto now I'm trying to find, but without luck. Well I better move on and leave it for a while. My question is how long now before they will mail the CP certificate? I passed my IELSTS dec '12, and right now in my status it says POST CP REVIEW.
    Last edit by kismetRN on Aug 5, '13
  13. Visit  Kirstine profile page
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    Hi! Do I need to take ielts even if my petition type is spousal visa. I am an RN in Philippines too. I am reviewing now for ielts general module. I do not know what is kentucky's band score though. Ill be living in kentucky 6-7 months from now and will take cgfns if the state requires me to take it. Do you guys have any idea? If this question of mine will be answered I will be grateful coz this bothers me everytime. Thank you so much and God bless us all!
  14. Visit  Silverdragon102 profile page
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    Quote from Kirstine
    Hi! Do I need to take ielts even if my petition type is spousal visa. I am an RN in Philippines too. I am reviewing now for ielts general module. I do not know what is kentucky's band score though. Ill be living in kentucky 6-7 months from now and will take cgfns if the state requires me to take it. Do you guys have any idea? If this question of mine will be answered I will be grateful coz this bothers me everytime. Thank you so much and God bless us all!

    English if required by the state has to be met regardless on how you received your immigration visa
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    Quote from Silverdragon102
    English if required by the state has to be met regardless on how you received your immigration visa
    I didn't know you replied mam/sir I wasn't notified and I'm a newbie here don't know how to see if someone replied on my post. Anyway, I'm grateful that you replied.

    Here is my situation, my husband petitioned me for CR1 visa or spousal visa. And right now I am reviewing for my IELTS general module while waiting for our petition to get approved. I enrolled in an IELTS Reviewing center and told them about my situation. They said they didn't know that Kentucky requires an IELTS and they added that in my case (spousal visa) I don't need to take IELTS because its an exemption however I insisted and enrolled.

    I have read in cgfns site and stated there that visa screen is not needed on a family based visa like spouse and dependent. It doesn't mean I'm afraid to take the tests but my main reason is to save money. But if it is really a prerequisite I should take whatever it is.

    And how do I contact the Kentucky BON?

    Thank you so much!!! God bless us all!


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