Preparing for the SNS Exam

Those who meet the exam eligibility requirements should expect to spend 3-4 months preparing for this comprehensive exam. The SNS Credentialing Exam is currently comprised of 200 multiple choice questions and candidates have four hours to complete it. In July 2017, the exam will be moving to a 220 question format.

Exam Prep Tips:

Exam candidates may have been away from a test-taking environment for some time, therefore, it is recommended that candidates:

  • Begin preparing for the exam as soon as possible. Waiting until the last minute and cramming is discouraged.
  • Review the content/knowledge areas that are understood and used on a daily basis.
  • Plan in-depth study and preparation for those content/knowledge areas that are less familiar.
  • Notice the percentage weight and number of questions per content/knowledge area. Those areas with a high percentage of questions are a significant portion of the exam, and therefore, require more time of study.
  • Review the Exam Resource List. Thorough reading, study, and understanding is necessary to achieve a passing score on the exam. Study efforts should cover the resources listed.
  • Form a study group with other exam candidates in the area. Interacting with other exam candidates and discussing the content outline of the exam can be helpful.
  • Contact a School Nutrition Specialist at the local chapter or at the State Affiliate for mentoring.


  • Use of the SNS Credentialing Exam Handbook, SNS Study guide and related book, will not guarantee passing the SNS Credentialing Exam.
  • The sample questions included in the SNS Handbook and Study Guide are for practice. The sample questions are NOT part of the SNS exam.

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