The Pre-Admission Exam or PAX is an entrance test for prospective nursing students seeking to enroll in practical or vocational nursing schools throughout the country. It is designed to assess the knowledge and skills of pre-nursing candidates.

Who is Eligible?

Candidates must have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent.

All those who are seeking admittance into nursing school should contact the admissions office to make sure that they meet all qualifications and if any other exams and/or tasks should be completed first.

There is a non-refundable fee of between $60 and $100 to take the PAX depending on your school or educational institution. This must be at the time of registration.

When and Where Can I Take it?

The PAX is administered by the National League of Nursing or NLN. When you register for the exam you will be able to choose a date and time that works best for you. Exams are typically held at your school or educational program.

The admissions department at your school will be able to give you a list of available locations, dates, and times. These may fill up quickly so be sure to register as soon as possible.

What Should I Bring?

Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early to your exam. This will make sure you have enough time to sign in to the testing area. Those who show up late will not be allowed to enter the testing area and will have to reschedule for another date.

It is recommended that you bring two forms of current and valid personal identification with you to the testing site. At least one of these must include your full name as it appears on your application or registration information, a recognizable photo, and your signature. Another form of ID may be requested if information is missing from the ID you provide.

This exam is can be taken on a computer or using pencil and paper, depending on your location. You will not need to bring any personal items such as paper, pencils, or calculators. A basic calculator and writing utensils will be provided for you when you arrive at the testing center.

Any other personal items such as cell phones, food, and drinks should not be brought in the testing area.

What is Covered?

The PAX is made up of 160 multiple choice questions. You will be given two hours to finish the computer taken exam. Three hours is typically given for paper and pencil exams. This exam is usually broken into three separate sections:

Verbal: word knowledge and reading comprehension (60 questions and 40 minutes)

Math: basic calculations, word problems, algebra, geometry, conversions, and graphs (40 questions and 40 minutes)

Science: general biology, chemistry, physics, health, human anatomy, and human physiology (60 questions and 40 minutes)

There are usually a series of pretest questions included in your exam. These will raise the amount of questions on your exam, however, they will not be scored. You will be given more time to complete the exam based on the number of pretest questions that are included.

How is it Scored?

At the completion of your exam, you will receive your online exam results. The National League for Nursing automatically sends a copy of these result to the nursing schools of your choice.

If your exam is taken with pencil and paper, it may take a while longer to receive your results as these will be to be sent off for grading. Your school or educational program will be able to advise you on when you will receive your score results.

Each institution or educational program is allowed to decide what score will be considered as passing. Make sure to check with your school to know what their expectations of you are.

How to Prepare?

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: October 25, 2019