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This is a 3-hour standardized entrance test meant to assess the potential nursing students who wish to be admitted into nursing colleges. It is also taken by every person who wishes to apply to HCC’s PN or RN program.
Students can take the NLN PAX–RN once every six months with a minimum of three months is typically required before repeating the exam.
• Check with the nursing school of your choice for specific information on their requirements for admissions.
• Select a test site near you.
• Go to https://www.nlnonlinetesting.org/cgi-bin/DxR_NLN/registration_store.pl?nln500=1 to register for the examinations online.
• You need a credit card to make the payment for the exam.
The minimum composite score to be eligible for the RN Program is 111.
The minimum composite score to be eligible for the PN Program is 99.
The HCC Nursing Department will look at the PAX composite score instead of the percentile score.
NLN PAX FAQ
NLN Exam Details
- The exam is in a traditional pen-and-paper format.
- All exam questions are multiple-choice.
- There are experimental questions included, which are not scored.
- The non-scored questions cannot be distinguished from the scored questions
- You have 3 hours to complete the exam.
- Test begins at 9:00 m. Central Time – Allow up to 3 hours to complete the test.
- Arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time for the exam. No one will be admitted late to the exam.
Score reports for the PAX-RN should be available within 24 hours from the exam date. Students should receive an email indicating the score report is available. Besides, students can log in to their NLN PAX account to view a score report.
What’s on the Test
The NLN Test comprises three subjects: verbal skills, math, and science, all taking approximately three hours. The test consists of 80 verbal ability questions (60 scored), 54 mathematics questions (40 scored), and 80 science questions (60 scored) in three separate sections. Candidates have 60 minutes to complete each section.
How this study guide is organized 6
The PAX RN Study Plan 7
Making a Study Schedule 9
Answer Key 23
Help with Reading Comprehension 26
Main Idea, Topic and Supporting Details 28
Drawing Inferences And Conclusions 32
Meaning From Context 34
Help with Building your Vocabulary 36
Answer Key 50
Fraction Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 55
Decimals Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 58
Converting Decimals to Fractions 58
Percent Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 58
How to Answer Basic Math Multiple Choice 60
How to Solve Word Problems 63
Types of Word Problems 65
Mean, Median and Mode 73
Order Of Operation 74
Scientific Notation 75
Perimeter Area and Volume 79
Area of Complex 2-D and 3-D Shapes 84
Pythagorean Geometry 86
Adding and Subtracting Polynomials 88
Multiplying and Dividing Polynomials 88
Simplifying Polynomials 89
Factoring Polynomials 89
Quadratic equations 90
Answer Key 104
Science Tutorials 108
Scientific Method 108
Cell Biology 110
Chromosomes, genes, proteins, RNA and DNA 113
Mitosis and Meiosis 115
Phenotypes and Genotypes 118
Heredity: Genes and Mutation 119
Heredity: Mendelian Inheritance 120
Basic Concepts in Chemistry 128
Basic Physics 139
Energy: Work and Power 142
Defining Force and Newton’s Three Laws 144
Force: Friction 145
Fundamental Forces: Electromagnetism 147
Fundamental Forces: Gravity 149
Fundamental Forces: Strong and Weak Nuclear Forces 150
Quantum Mechanics 152
States of Matter 154
Speed, Acceleration and Force Problems 156
Practice Test Questions Set 1
Answer Key 202
Practice Test Questions Set 2
Answer Key 257