Tips for the HAAD Exam

When you arrive at the test centre, there are some initial steps you will need to complete before sitting down for the exam: 

  • You will be required to "Check-In" at the reception desk in the Test Centre where you will present your two forms of valid, original identification. 
  • The test centre staff will verify your appointment time, your identity, and they will take a photo of you and collect your signature on an electronic signature pad. 
  • You will be given the Candidate Rules that contain the terms conditions for sitting the exam. It is your responsibility to read and understand the terms and conditions of sitting a Health Authority of Abu Dhabi examination. 
  • The Test Centre Administrator will provide you with a locker and key to store all of your personal belongings after check-in. 

You may not bring any personal belongings into the testing room. This includes but is not limited to the following: 

  • Mobile telephones
  • Blue Tooth headphones
  • PDAs Handbags
  • Books
  • Paper Drinks and food of any kind
  • Medicines
  • Pens, pencils, markers

Remember to...

  • Relax - try not to worry about the exam, the majority of students who take the exam with our guidance, pass on their first attempt. This is estimated to be anywhere between 80-90% (but make sure you are prepared!). If you do find yourself getting anxious, close your eyes take two deep breaths and try to clear your mind. When you open your eyes you will feel more relaxed and ready to pass the exam.
  • Prepare - practice makes perfect, make sure you practice from as many sources as possible. Remember you can learn from as many books as possible but the most effective way to make sure this stays in your brain is to use it, do as many HAAD Exam questions as possible.
  • Dedicate - make sure you dedicate enough time to the exam, on average students take at least two months to prepare often reserving at least 15 hours per week to make sure they go through as much information as possible.

The HAAD Exam process...

  1. Once the initial checks are complete you will either be asked to wait in the reception area or you will be escorted into the testing room. You will be admitted into the test room and assigned a testing station with a computer, mouse and keyboard. You will need to follow these steps below:
  2. The Test Centre Invigilator will log you into the testing station and you will be ready to start the exam. No additional material such as handheld calculators, pen or paper will be provided. The exam will have an onscreen standard function calculator available for use. 
  3. A short tutorial on the exam interface will be available on screen before the exam begins. Breaks are permitted during the exam, however, the exam will not be stopped during the break and the exam time will continue countdown and cannot be made up. 
  4. Once you have completed the exam, you will be escorted out of the testing room and taken to the Reception desk to be checked out of the Test Centre. 
  5. You are given your results immediately, the test centre administrator will give you a printed Score Report that indicates whether you have passed or failed the exam. Please note that your exam result is one component of your HAAD licensure application process. 
  6. Your exam results will be sent automatically to the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi.

Before the day...

Reference the related HAAD Scope of Practice with respect to your speciality, if you are unsure check our HAAD requirements page. Below is a generalised summary of key parts to know for nurses:

  • If your application does not fulfil all of the required components of HAAD eligibility criteria, you will not be licensed to practice. 
  • Review the Systems in the Human Body.
  • Do an overall review of the types of diseases affect the systems and their impact on other systems.
  • Consider the Nursing Responsibility as it relates to patient care.
  • Review how nursing practice is developed i.e. policies, practices, guidelines.
  • Review how nurses sit in their role as a member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
  • Look at infection control practices in disease prevention. 

Last modified: Friday, 6 January 2023, 10:37 AM