Monday, September 10, 2012

Saudi Prometric Exam for Nurses (Saudi Council Exam)

According to POEA, the Saudi Council mandates all foreign nurses to pass the Prometric Exam before working in the Kingdom. So for the last 2-3 years to this present date, Filipino nurses who would want to work in Saudi take the Prometric Exam standardized by the SAUDI COMMISSION FOR HEALTH SPECIALTIES (SCHS).

Prometric is a trusted test development and delivery provider to more than 400 organizations worldwide. They have testing centers in Manila and Cebu. I was originally planning to take it in Manila, but since we have a scheduled vacation in Cebu, I decided to take it there rather than spending again for another set of tickets.

It took me some time to figure out where to go to schedule the exam. So to make it easier for you guys follow the simple steps below. :)

How to Schedule a Prometric Exam: 

1. Go directly to this link: https://securereg3.prometric.com/ 

2. Select your Program: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (non-elig) (Note: this option is only for those outside of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.) Then, click NEXT >.


3. It will then refresh into a new window. Click Schedule an Appointment Schedule an Appointment.


4. On the next window, Information Review will appear. Some of the details include: Registration Requirements, What to Bring to the Testing Center, What Time to Arrive at the Testing Center, Payment, Reschedule/Cancel Policy, etc. After reading carefully, click NEXT >.

5.  On the next page, read the Privacy Policy Review and select I agree, then click NEXT >.

6.  In Appointment Selection, Select Nurse Technician or Nurse Specialist. (Accordingly, most SRO agencies tell applicants to take Nurse Technician. I also took the Nurse Technician Exam). Then click NEXT >.


7. For the Test Center Selection, type Manila or Cebu then click Search. Check the information of the testing Centers below:

Prometric Testing Centers

#8475 and #8479: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
ACESS 2/F ATENEO PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS
SALCEDO VILLAGE, 130 HV DELA COSTA ST.
MAKATI CITY, PHL 1227
Phone: (632) 892 0383
For Manila the schedule of exams are from Tuesdays to Fridays.
Directions: Prometric Testing Center-Manila is located at the Ateneo Professional Schools Salcedo (APS Salcedo) on H.V. de la Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. APS Salcedo is between Tordesillas and Sanchez Streets. Across APS Salcedo are the Megaworld Center and GF Partners. From the EDSA – Buendia Metro Rail Transit (MRT) station or Gil Puyat – Light Rail Transit (LRT) station, take a jeepney going to Gil Puyat Avenue. Disembark at Yupangco Building or Mapua Information Technology, cross to the covered walk between ACT Tower and GF Partners to get to APS Salcedo at H. V. de la Costa Street.

#8473: CEBU CITY INT'L STC
C/O TRAIN,EDUC & DEV CONS INC SUITE
308-CENTRO MAXIMO D JAKOSALEM ST
CEBU CITY, PHL
Phone: (6332) 253 5514

For Cebu the schedule of exams are from Mondays to Thursdays.
Directions: Name of the building is Centro Maximo, it is located at the corner of Jakosalem and Ranudo Sts. Cebu City. It is across the AMWAY. Other landmarks are near the Bayantel Building and IAU Building.

8. After deciding where you would like to take the prometric exam, click Schedule an Appointment, it's right beside the testing center name and above the Get Directions.

9. You will then choose what Date and Time you would like to take the exam in the Date and Time Selection page.



Tips: #8475 Manila Testing Center usually get fully booked first, so try to check the #8479 Manila Testing Center.

The length of the exam is exactly 2 hours. So exams are scheduled at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm.

10. Fill out the Additional Information page. For the Government ID, you can type PRC ID or PASSPORT. To be sure, just bring both in the testing center.



11. For the Payment, you can use Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit cards. The exam costs USD 90.00 or PHP 3,849.87 (exact billing on my CC statement), but it depends on the exchange rate on the day you scheduled.


12. After filling out the Credit Card Details, Click Next >. Then you will see the information you filled out, take time to verify the details. Then click Complete Registration.

PRINT the Appointment Summary or save it as PDF to print at a later time. You can also check your email for the Appointment Confirmation.

And you're now done. :)

My Experience in taking the Prometric Exam in Cebu

Our vacation was for a week so I strategically scheduled the exam a day before our departure date. I scheduled it that way so that I can enjoy before the exam, and if in case I get a bad result, our vacation won't get ruined. haha.

Anyways, I really haven't had the chance to thoroughly review for the exam. It's hard to review while you are in a vacay, especially if you are enjoying. haha. The night before the exam, I started to feel the pressure. So I got my laptop and downloaded the Saunders NCLEX reviewer.

I tried to review but because I was lying on my bed, I slipped into dreamland. haha. My mom woke me up at 6am and I was so terrified because I knew I wasn't really prepared. So while arranging my clothes and stuff, I tried answering about 50+ items.

Since my exam was scheduled at 11am, we went to Ayala first but we didn't realize that it was too early so the mall was still closed. lol. At around 9:10 am, the pressure in my head was building up so I started to ask some people if Centro Maximo is far away from Ayala, but no one seems to know where Centro Maximo or Jekosalem Street is. I was starting to panic and ask more people until I saw a delivery driver, he told me that it's not too far away and I should just say to the taxi drivers "Centro Maximo near Bayantel". I got so relieved and decided to go to the exam center at an early time, after about 10 minutes, the driver stopped and told me that we were already in Centro Maximo. So at 9:45 am I was already there. Way too early for an 11:00 am exam. haha.

Here are some photos I took using my phone:


This is the entrance of Centro Maximo.



Amyway is right across the street


This is the exact building where the testing center is located.


The guard is quite friendly, I told him I was going to take the exam and he said that it was on the 3rd floor. At first I planned to wait til 10:30, but I was already pacing back and forth because of nervousness so I decided to go up already.

Upon reaching the 3rd floor, you will see signs like this that will lead you to the exam center.


When I reached the venue, I greeted the proctor and told her that I am scheduled for an 11am exam. I asked her if I could take it earlier and she smiled and said yes. (I don't know for others, but for some cebu prometric exam takers, they were not allowed to take the exam earlier than their schedule.)

Anyways, the lady gave me a list of rules for me to read, after that I was escorted to the locker area and she told me to put all my things there, except my ID and the key to the locker.

Before entering the room, she checked me for any metals (like those of security guards) and asked me to pull my pockets outward to see if there's something inside. Then, she asked for my ID, told me to verify the details on the computer screen, then she instructed me to look at the webcam for her to take a photo of me.

After that, she gave me the go signal to enter the room and a middle-aged man escorted me inside. I was so delighted to see that each cubicle has ear muffs you can use. There was a renovation on the 2nd floor and it was a bit noisy so I immediately used it.

The topics on my exam where on DM type I and II, pancreatitis, BMI, DVT, nursing procedures (BT and NGT), Apgar, Cancer (breast, prostate, lungs), simple med computations, reading graphs and interpretating it, choosing the appropriate nsg diagnosis, and prioritization. It was a bit though because the choices were similar, so you need to choose the best answer. I think there were about 50 multiple choice questions and the rest are labeling, arranging the order, graphs, and select all that applies.

During the exam, you can mark questions if you are unsure of your answer. In my case, after answering I chose the review all. But I was careful not to change my answer because most of the time, our first answers are the right ones.

After reviewing, click End and your results will flash after 5-6 seconds (I was praying so hard while waiting. hehe). When I saw the word "Pass" I wanted to jump and praise God, but there were other test takers so I just thanked and glorified Him in my mind. When I went out of the room, the proctor printed, dry sealed, and signed my results.

I took my things from the locker, and because I was so happy, I thanked and said goodbye to the proctors (extra-friendly mode). haha. The friendly manong guard congratulated me, and that was the perfect way to end that test journey. lol

Even though I'm still not decided if I should join my father in Saudi Arabia, I'm still glad I took the exam because the exam is valid for 3 years. So for those who are still thinking if they should take it or not, I suggest you take it. It's not that expensive compared to NCLEX, and if one day you decide you want to work in KSA, you would be a step ahead because you already passed the Prometric.

Hope this was helpful.


Your NOD,
PinayRN

58 comments:

  1. thank you for sharing your experienc in taking prometrics exams. this will be really helpful to nurses planning to go to Saudi Arabia

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  2. hi, thanks for posting your experience in taking prometrics exam. this will be relaly helpful for nurses who are planning to take the exam. may i ask is there is any requirement or qualification in taking this exam? is it true that you must have 2 yrs work experience if in case you want to take HAAD? is prometrics similar to HAAD? Do you have any knowledge about this. Thanks again

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    1. Hi Els, as far as I know you only need to be a Registered Nurse to be able to take the prometric exam. For the 2 years experience, you need that for having a license in Saudi.. Prometric is only one of the requirements needed for you to get a practice license in KSA.

      For the HAAD, you can go schedule in http://www.pearsonvue.com/haad/
      Here's their step by step instructions on how to schedule an exam http://www.pearsonvue.com/reg_guide/schedule/

      They have testing centers in Makati, Quezon and Cebu. :)

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  3. hi girl thanks for posting it's indeed very helpful. though i just have one question regarding to Eligibility information, because before proceeding to appointment selection i need to provide first my eligibility id. i tried to enter my professional identification card and my passport number but according to it the identification number entered was not recognized. so do you have any suggestion or advise regarding this matter? thank you so much hoping for your kind reply :)

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    1. Hi Jennifer, is that on the "additional information" window? For the field "Government ID:" you can type the word "PRC ID" or "PASSPORT". No need to put the number. :)

      Hope this helps! God bless in taking the exam. :)

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    2. pwede bang 2 ilagay ko passport and PRC

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  4. hi girl thanks for posting it's indeed very helpful. though i just have one question regarding to Eligibility information, because before proceeding to appointment selection i need to provide first my eligibility id. i tried to enter my professional identification card and my passport number but according to it the identification number entered was not recognized. so do you have any suggestion or advise regarding this matter? thank you so much hoping for your kind reply :)

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  5. ms. sese, if I'm not mistaken, eligibility no. is only required for nurses who are in the kingdom who have applied to take the exam there, but if you are to take the exam outside of ksa, you are to choose saudi.....non-elig

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  6. ms. sese, if I'm not mistaken, eligibility number is required only for nurses who applied and are to take the exam within the kingdom, but if you are outside of KSA choose the ‘saudi council.... non-elig‘ option,..

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  7. Hi, May I know how to get that eligibility number, because I am currently in saudi, and I want to take prometric exam inside the kingdom. Any idea about the process?

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  8. hi..just wanna know if atm cards can be used as payment...if you do not have visa or mastercard..tnx..:)

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  9. hello, pwede mag ask kung ok lang ba mag pay through atm card kung wla kang visa or mastercard?

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  10. Congratulations ! For those before the NCLEX -
    Make sure you compare prices for your books before you buy! e.g. Saunders (9781437708257) or Kaplan (9781609788919) before you buy !

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  11. May i ask? is there any way to pay registration fee for the exam? I don't have neither visa or mastercard. Thank you so much :)

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  12. Good day! I just want to ask if there is any way to pay the registration fee for the exam? cause I don't have neither visa or mastercard.. thank you so much :)

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  13. is it acceptable to use visa cards used in US if the one who pays is outside the philippines?

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  14. hi kaninong name ung ilalagay ko sa credit card, name ng owner? kse hiniram ko lng tong sakin, parehas lang ba ung email address and validate email add, retype lang??.. and sa scheduling, bat ganon next month lang my available slot, walang May and june? does than mean fully booked na un or d lang pde mapasched that time xe my month of april pa?? pls help. im kinda confuse baka kxe magkamali ako mahirap na. salamat

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  15. hello there,. ung bang name na ilalagay sa Credit Card is ung name na kanino nakapangalan ung credit card right, kxe hiniram ko lang tong gagamitin ko. pati ung sa email add and validate e add same lang no ireretype ko lang?.. tapos sa Government ID pwedeng dalawa ilagay ko PRC and PASSPORT? khit d ko na ilagay ung mismong ID number? then yung pagpili ng date of exam, bakit gnun and available slot lang is april? ung May onwards di pwede? does that mean its fully book or dahil per month lang scheduling nila? please help,. baka kxe magkamali ako d birong halaga toh, thank you.

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  16. bakit gnon d ko mailagay ung province ko sa State/ province: under ADDITIONAL INFORMATION,, NO SELECTION nagaappear,.
    philippines lang ba talaga?? no need for the Province??? or pede ko idugtong sa my "City" Dasmarinas Cavite ilagay ko.? pls help thank you.

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  17. Dear pinayRN

    Your blog was very friendly and helpful. Now, would you tell me what to do in the NEXT STEP after passing the examination? I should ready my papers and what else? Should I apply for a visa or something else? Please let me know.

    Thank You Very Much

    Sharif

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  18. hello..i tried to regster pu pero iba naman pu ung format at sequence..nakakalito pu kc ung ngaun...so i dont kn0w wat to do..cAn u help me with dz matTer pu..thank you..wait for ur reply pu

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  19. hello, just lang po kung may Maternal topics?

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  20. hello, just ask lang po kung may Maternal topics b kaung naencounter sa prometrc exam?thanks:)

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  21. hello, just lang po kung may Maternal topics?

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  22. thanks mam. super helpful po ung blog nyo. i was able to get my schedule because of your informative and detailed direction:)

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  23. western union gamitin nyo pwede... thanks God Pasado na..

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  24. Western Union Card Ginmit ko.. pwede at same lang as credit card.. 4t lang deposit at may sobranaman.. Thanks God At Pasado na.. Salamat din sa Blog na ito, guide ko in applying for the exam..

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    1. hi sir! tanong ko lang anong mga lumabas sa exam mo? kinakabahan ko,,,magtake palang kasi ako sa july 30. thank you :)

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  25. I d0nt have Credit card, or master visa car.. Any other options on h0w t0 pay it?? please advise me.. 09109046919 :)

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  26. hi where did you download the saunders nclex reviewer? can you pls send me the link? thanks in advance :)

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  27. hi. can you send me the link where you downloaded the saunders nclex reviewer? i cant seem to find a legit reiewer. thanks in advance. :)

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  28. hi po pwede malaman how many items ung exam? =)

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  29. anu po pinagkaiba ng nurse technician sa specialist? iba din po ba exams dun or same lng po? tnx

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  30. hi sir Cris Bryan! ano po lumabas sa exam mo? kinakabahan talaga ako....magtake palang ako sa july 30. thank you :)

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  31. Glad we found your site :) It was very helpful, were planning to take it on August 13 and we are so nervous. Good thing you included the topics that we need to review. Congrats by the way. We are hoping to pass it as well.. Ehmehgerd so help us God. :)

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  32. Thank you for sharing your experience and the steps on how to schedule the prometric exam. Were planning to take it on August 13 and we are so nervous about it. Hope that we can pass it like you did :) Glad that you posted the topics that we need to review. Ehmehgerd!

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  33. Hi I'm from Cebu^^ This post really helped me, used it as a guide to schedule my prometric exam... I took it yesterday and PASSED! thank you!

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  34. sa format po ng www.prometric.com eh wala dropdown para ilagay ung program. is it ok lng b? bka kac iba nairegister ko dahil sa walang program sa site ngaun. but i am already scheduled for september 4.

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  35. bkit iba n po b ung format ngaun ng site pag pumunta ka directly sa prometric.com. kac hnd ko nailagay ung program. wala n kac dun. nhirapan p ko magregister. ok lng kya khit hndi ko nailagay ung program? wala nman kac ako nkitang paglalagyan

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  36. I just passed my Prometric exam for Nurse Specialist yesterday.

    Btw, I used my SmartMoney account to pay for the exam.

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    1. good day sir... tanong ko lang ano pinagkaiba ng nurse technician at nurse specialist???

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    2. sir tanong ko lang ano pinagkaiba ng nurse tech at nurse specialist?

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  37. Thank YOu!~ :) I should have found this earlier!~. I find it hard to schedule an appointment that it even took me for about 2 hours to try and figure things out but still with no luck at all. Anyway, it is very helpful^^ Thanks a lot!~^^

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  38. If ever failed, can you rake the exam right away after scheduling?

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  39. If ever failed, can you take the exam right away after scheduling?

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  40. Hi I was thinking po if I will take nurse specialist or tecnhniciaN ANU PO BA Ang mas maganda??at mas madali?

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  41. Hi I was thinking po if I will take nurse specialist or tecnhniciaN ANU PO BA Ang mas maganda??at mas madali?

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  42. good day.... tanong ko lang ano pinakaiba ng nurse technician at nurse specialist????

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  43. thanks for this blog! ang gulo talaga ng website ng prometrics.haha

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  44. thanks for directions.ang gulo talaga ng prometric website.=)

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  45. thanks for the blog....i was able to schedule for prometric exam for saudi.....for those folks asking about payment....i use my BDO Atm debit card...it works since it is a mastercard....security code can be found at the back of your atm card in the signatory space,, the last 3 digit number only is your security code...hope it helps....

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  46. Thanks a lot.....! I was able to schedule for the prometric exam.....and for those folks having problem for the payment,,,i use my BDO ATM debit card...it works since it is a mastercard,,,for the security code it can be found at the back of your atm card in the signatory box,,,you'll just need to enter the last 3 digit number...hope it helps...

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  47. elow po,nawala ko po kasi yung id na nilagay ko during online registration...pwede po bang PRC or ANSAP id and ipresent?

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  48. elow po,nawala ko po kasi yung id na nilagay ko during online registration...pwede po bang PRC or ANSAP id and ipresent?

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  49. elow po,nawala ko po kasi yung id na nilagay ko during online registration...pwede po bang PRC or ANSAP id and ipresent?

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