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Test Prep and Study Guide Resources

What is the MA Certified Nurse Assistant Exam?

To work as a CNA in Massachusetts, you must pass the MA Nurse Assistant  Competency Examination. This examination is given through the American Red Cross. The Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation (NACE) has two parts—the knowledge test, consisting of 60 multiple choice questions; and the clinical skills test, in which you are given a scenario and asked to simulate providing care for a resident (from American Red Cross)

Online Resources

Click here to download the Massachusetts Nurse Aide State Testing Candidate Information Guide. This guide includes information about the exam as well as sample test questions and sample clinical skills scenarios.

Boston Public Library

All Massachusetts residents and students are eligible for a free e-card from the Boston Public Library. Click here to get more information and to sign up: https://www.bpl.org/ecard/

Clicking the links below will bring you to the Boston Public Library's online resources. 

LearningExpress Library from the Boston Public Library

LearningExpress Library is an online program that you have access to using your BPL E-card. It includes test preparation materials and practice exams for K-12 subjects, high school equivalency, college and graduate admissions, military, U.S. citizenship, and professional licensing and certification exams. This includes Nursing Assistant Exam, practices tests, and study guides. These materials are not specific to the Massachusetts exam but cover what is commonly included on nursing assistant exams. 

To find Nursing Assistant review material

  • Click this link to access LearningExpress through BPL
  • Login using your BPL E-Card number and PIN
  • At the top of the page, click "Sign In/Register" and create a personal account
  • Once you have created a personal account and signed in, Search "nursing assistant" in the search box in the middle of the page. 
  • From there you will be able explore all the Nurse Assistant Exam study material available.

If you have questions about using LearningExpress Library, please contact the Boston Public Library or click here to watch video tutorials.