Can I Take the NREMT at Home?

Yes, you can take the NREMT exam remotely at home, as long as you have a stable internet connection and a private area to take the exam in.

Figuring out where to take the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians’ (NREMT) exam can be an uphill battle. Pearson Vue is the testing center responsible for scheduling and proctoring the NREMT’s cognitive (knowledge) exam, so you must schedule with them on their Pearson Vue website. However, you need to register for the exam through the NREMT’s website.

The Paramedic Coach has helped countless students with their NREMT exam prep, including helping them cross that finish line. Your NREMT prep course will not conduct your NREMT exam, so many students need to remember to register or schedule their test date and not miss their deadlines. 

The NREMT Exam: The Basics

From signing up online to starting the test, the entire NREMT exam process can be completed from the comfort of your home.

How to Sign Up

If you haven’t already, sign up for an account through the National Registry’s website. Make sure all of the information you input in the ‘Personal Account Information’ section matches the information on your government-issued identification. This is important because this information will be used to verify your identity on the date of the test, and if the information doesn’t match, you may be ineligible to take the test on your scheduled date and ineligible for a refund.

Once you have your account, click ‘Create a New Application’ and apply for your exam. Your program director for your EMS course will need to authorize that you have completed and passed the course before you can take the exam. 

Once authorized, you can print your Authorization to Test (ATT) letter and pay for your exam. Finally, you’ll contact Pearson Vue within ninety days of your issued ATT to schedule your exam date.

The Cost

The NREMT exam cost varies depending on which certification you are testing for, and some EMS programs will include a voucher that covers part or all of your fees. The general cost for each exam is as follows:

  • Emergency Medical Responder NREMT exam: $88
  • Emergency Medical Technician NREMT exam: $104
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician NREMT exam: $144
  • Paramedic NREMT exam: $160

Check that your accredited EMS program offers vouchers so that you don’t pay twice to take the exam.

How to Prepare for Your Remote NREMT Exam

When you schedule your test date, you can specify whether you would like to take the exam in person or remotely. Here are a few key considerations for taking the test at home:

Run a System Test

Not every computer is compatible with the exam’s programming. Pearson Vue offers a ‘run system test’ option to complete a system test and exam simulation before the day of your exam. This way, you can troubleshoot any issues that may arise without impacting your ability to take the test.

Choosing Your Space

Pearson Vue suggests that you opt for a private, quiet space that is free from interruptions to help with test performance. This test is still proctored, so you must be in a well-lit space without any personal or preparatory (study) items. If your proctor cannot see you or can see study materials, you may be disqualified from the exam.

Pearson Vue also recommends you connect to the internet using an ethernet cord rather than wifi. This is to help prevent connectivity issues during the exam.

Have ID Ready

Your test is still proctored, so your proctor will need to verify your identity so you can complete the exam. You must have a valid (unexpired) government-issued identification that includes your name and recent, recognizable photo. Pearson Vue’s website offers several examples of acceptable and unacceptable forms of ID for you to reference.

The Day of the Test

Be sure to log onto your exam up to thirty minutes before the scheduled time because signing in earlier can result in connection issues later on. Follow all of the rules of the exam, ensure your computer is plugged into a power or charging source, and take a deep breath. You’ve got this.

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