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NLN Pre-Admission RN Exam Information

Test Dates and Registration

Effective January 1st, 2015 Examinees will be required to register and pay online for the NLN PAX exam at The website will list the available dates/times and locations. The examinee will register and pay online for the exam fee but will be required to bring an additional administration fee of $20 on test day payable by cash or check made out to SCC. The examinee will be required to download and print a test permit to verify their purchase.  When registration closes for the selected date/time, examinees will log into their account and print their admission ticket. Examinees must bring the admission ticket to the testing center on test day, along with a current photo identification and the $20 administration fee payable by cash or check made out to SCC.

No refunds will be given.  Examinees must present a current photo ID and the admissions ticket to the testing center proctor on the day of the test.  The testing centers are located in the Strunk Building (Learning Commons) on the Somerset North campus or in Building 1 on the Laurel North campus.  The exam will last approximately 3-1/2 hours.  Applicants are encouraged to test well in advance of the application deadline, as computer availability is not guaranteed.  If the College is closed, then the testing center will also be closed.

Contents of Exam

The Pre-Admission RN Exam consists of three tests - Verbal Ability, Mathematics, and Science.  One hour is allowed for each test. The Verbal Ability section consists of two subtests:  Word Knowledge and Reading Comprehension.  In the Word Knowledge section, the student is asked to identify the meaning of a word as it is used in a sentence.  Students use clues from the sentence and use deductive reasoning to identify the meaning of words.  The Reading Comprehension section of the test focuses on student’s reasoning and critical thinking ability.  Short passages about health problems and social issues require the student to analyze and interpret the material.  Questions assess the ability to determine main ideas and supporting details, draw conclusions, make inferences, and apply information to new situations.      The Mathematics test uses straight calculations and word problems to cover basic operations (integers, decimals, fractions, and percents), algebra, geometry, conversions, graphs, and concepts.  Data interpretation, applied mathematics, and scientific notation are included.  Calculators cannot be used during the mathematics portion of the exam.       The Science test is an achievement measure of the student’s knowledge of general principles of chemistry, physics, general biology, and earth science.  Most of the questions are concerned with information that has been acquired in secondary school.

You can purchase a test study guide from Jones & Bartlett Publishers.  The title of the study guide is Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam, 3rd  Edition by the National League for Nursing.  Purchasing information can be found at the following web address:     The ISBN-13 number for the book is:  9780763762711 and the cost is $56.95 (as of May, 2014).


Performance on each of the three tests (verbal ability, mathematics, and science) is reported as both a percent correct score and a relative performance score.  In addition, an overall exam score is provided.  Your overall exam score is the score that will be used in the point system.  Now that you will be taking the test on-line, you will receive your results upon completion of the exam.

Testing Restrictions

The National League for Nursing recommends that no one be allowed to take the Pre-Admission RN Exam more than once in a 12 month period.  Due to this recommendation, students at Somerset Community College will not be allowed to take the exam more than once a year (once every 12 months).

5/14.   The above information applies only to the Pre-Admission RN Exam administered at Somerset Community College.