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NLN Exam FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions about the NLN Exam
What is the NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX)?
The National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (NLN PAX) for Registered Nursing programs is a standardized entrance exam for potential Nursing students who seek admittance into Nursing schools nationwide.
The NLN PAX-RN comprises of three main areas: Verbal skills, which consists of both word knowledge and reading comprehension; Mathematics, which includes basic calculations, word problems, and incorporates algebra, geometry, conversions, graphs, and applied mathematics; and Science, which examines general biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.
How much does the exam cost and are refunds given?
The cost of the exam is $60 (subject to change without notice) cash only, payable in advance of registration at the Leestown Campus Business Office. If you have questions regarding fee payment, please contact the Business Office at 859.246.6270.
We do not issue refunds for this exam. Once you are registered, you should not attempt to change your test date unless you have an unexpected emergency. The rescheduling fee will be 50% of the cost of the exam.
When should I register to take the PAX-RN?
You will need to take the exam before the February 15, 2010 Selective Health deadline. Register only one time for the exam. Do not register until you know that you will be available and prepared for the exam. Register early to ensure that you will be able to reserve a test computer. Space is limited.
Where is the NLN PAX administered?
The NLN is administered at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Leestown Campus, in the Assessment Center at 164 Opportunity Way, North Building, Suite N-110. Please call 859.246.6669 for an appointment.
How can I study for the PAX-RN?
To help you study for the PAX-RN, the NLN offers the following book, NLN Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam, which provides an overview of the verbal, math, and science exam content. The book contains approximately 1,000 practice questions and features three practice exams in each of the three content areas: verbal ability, math, and science. The book also includes helpful tips for test preparation and for becoming a more effective learner and test taker. The NLN Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam (Second Edition, Mary E. McDonald, RN, MA, Educational Assessment Consultant) is available in bookstores or directly through Jones & Bartlett Publishers. To order, contact Jones & Bartlett at 800.832.0034 or visit www.jbpub.com .
Are special testing accommodations granted for individuals with disabilities?
Yes, please visit www.nln.org/testprods/ADApolicy.pdf for information about special testing accommodations and contact our campus Disability Services at 859.246.6534.
Who receives the test scores and how do I know if I passed?
Test reports are given to you prior to leaving the Assessment Center on Leestown Campus.
Each school sets its own admission standards. The NLN is not involved in this process, nor does the NLN establish a "passing" or "failing" mark on the test. Test results show how your scores compare with those of other applicants who have taken this examination. In making admission decisions, however, schools consider factors other than test results. Contact Cooper Campus Nursing Advisors to inquire about admission’s requirements for the RN program.
How long are my test scores “good” for Selective Health Admissions?
There currently is no time limitation (subject to change without notice).
How can I interpret my test scores and understand my score report?
Click on the following link for information on interpreting your test scores and understanding your score report on the RN Pre-Admission Exam: The NLN PAX-RN Score Report - (PDF)
What score is considered for admission into the RN program?
The score that is used for Selective Health Admissions is the “Percentile All Composite” score. (Look under Percentile Scores, then Composite Performance, then All. This is usually posted in the upper right corner of your score sheet.)
Can I repeat the NLN PAX exam?
Any individual wishing to retake the NLN PAX-RN is required to wait a minimum of six months before being eligible to repeat the exam.
Where can I obtain a copy of my NLN scores?
You can obtain one free copy of your scores immediately following testing at the Leestown campus. Additional copies may be obtained at a later date, but there is a transcript fee of $8. You should allow ten working days for receipt of the scores. The Leestown campus only has access to tests that they administer. If you took your test elsewhere, then you should contact that agency or NLN directly.
Does NLN have a web site?
You can reach the NLN website at http://www.nln.org/ .
Where can I find other information about the Nursing RN program, including all admissions requirements?
You can find additional information regarding the Nursing RN program by visiting their website.