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Practice Exam as of 3/23/2018

The Conference is pleased to announce the new and improved Practice National Board Examination (PNBE) and Practice State Board Examination – Arts (PSBE). The updates to the practice examinations include two forms for the Arts section and two forms for the Science section of the PNBE, and two forms of the PSBE.

Each form has 75 multiple choice items and are statistically representative of the examination. At the conclusion of the practice examination, candidates receive a score report reflecting their performance and general feedback on content areas in which candidates answered items incorrectly. This feature is designed to give candidates a clear picture of the areas of strength and weakness in preparing to take the NBE/SBE.

The updated practice examinations are administered through Pearson Vue’s online platform. Each form of the practice examination is $60.


As part of your preparation to take your National Board Exam or State Board Exam, you may want to purchase the NBE Arts or Sciences Practice Exam, or the SBE Arts Practice Exam:

  • Provides a realistic experience of what your exam will be like.
  • A 1-hour & 15 minute test that you take on your own computer.
  • Single-use, 7-day authorization. (voucher rules vary).
  • 75 multiple choice questions which cover the following areas for each exam:

Arts Exam
Funeral Arranging and Directing (25-26 items)
Funeral Service Marketing/Merchandising (10-11 items)
Funeral Service Counseling (11 items)
Legal and Regulatory Compliance (18 items)
Cemetery and Crematory Operations (10 items)

Sciences Exam
Embalming (29 items)
Restorative Art (17 items)
Preparation for Disposition (15-16 items)
Funeral Service Sciences (13-14 items)

  • Two forms available for each section. Authorization is valid for a single form.
  • Questions formatted in the same way as the test you will be taking.
  • Overall percentage score provided (actual exam is not scored using percentages. NBE/SBE scored using scaled scoring).
  • General feedback provided for content areas in which items answered incorrectly (questions/answers will not be released).
  • Scores for each topic are provided to help you identify areas where you may need additional preparation.

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Please Note: No part of the materials conveyed during this practice examination may be copied, downloaded, reproduced, stored, distributed, used or transferred to any individual or group, through any means, including verbally without the express, prior written consent of The Conference. Sharing this information is a violation of copyright laws and will result in legal action being taken against you. 

Click here to order the Arts or Sciences Practice Exam.