NACD Directorship Certification™ Exam

Exam Scheduling

The NACD Directorship Certification™ Exam is administered by Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing. Once you apply for certification, you will receive detailed instructions on how to schedule and prepare for your exam.

Please Note: Pearson VUE has temporarily closed their company-owned U.S. and Canada-based Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) starting March 16, 2020 for at least 30 days until April 16, or whenever conditions are deemed safe to re-open.

If you are looking to schedule an exam, the registration windows for new exam appointments will not be available until April 16. 

Exam Format

The examination consists of Part I and Part II. Each part is administered and timed separately (i.e., if a candidate completes Part I with extra time remaining, that time cannot be added to the time allowed for Part II).

Both parts of the exam are scored together. That is, candidates will pass or fail the entire exam rather than receive a passing or failing score for each part separately.

Part I: Multiple-Choice Items
Part I consists of 95 multiple-choice questions and candidates will have 110 minutes to complete this part. All multiple-choice items in the NACD exam are written in the form of a question, followed by four answer choices. Candidates should read the question and answer choices carefully and select the one, best answer from the choices provided.

Part II: Case-Management Problems
Part II consists of 10 case-management problems, each with three or four steps. Candidates will have 110 minutes to complete this part. You will be provided with information about a situation that a corporate director might encounter. You are then provided a question and several answer choices which are possible actions or decisions that the corporate director might choose in light of the information provided. Subsequent steps provide additional information about the situation (along with the information presented in the previous steps) and new answer choices.

For each step, candidates are expected to select ALL of the answer choices that are appropriate for the situation, based on the information provided at that point in the case. Candidates should select as many actions as are necessary to respond to the situation presented, but should NOT select answer choices that are NOT needed, that are not YET needed, or that would be considered OPTIONAL at this point in the case.

For each step in a case—management problem, candidates should select as many answers as are needed to respond to the question in that step. Candidates should always select at least one action for a step before moving forward in the case.

After moving to the next step, candidates MAY NOT return to that question or any prior questions. The reason for this is that new information is provided in each step that could affect the decisions you made on the prior question(s).

Case-management problems are scored on a point basis, and each step is scored independently of the previous or subsequent steps. For each step, points are awarded for selecting an appropriate action and points are deducted for selecting an action that is inappropriate or not necessary based on the information provided.

Exam Content

The content and relative weights of topics in the NACD examination are as follows:

  1. Oversee Corporate Strategy - 33%

  2. Monitor Management Performance Against Financial Objectives - 15%

  3. Provide Risk Oversight - 20%

  4. Contribute to Ensuring Effective Board Processes and Culture -12%

  5. Participate in Leadership Development, Evaluation, and Succession Planning - 20%

Exam Experience

What to Expect at a Pearson VUE Testing Center

Once you are eligible to schedule your certification exam, you will receive all the information you need to successfully prepare for the test and what you can expect at a Pearson VUE Testing Center.  Known for their convenient locations (over 300 throughout the country) and state-of-the-art and secure testing facilities, Pearson VUE is the global leader in computer-based testing. Here is a sneak peek of what to anticipate.