The NLN PAX RN includes Mathematics, Verbal Ability (Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary), and Science which includes, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Basic Scientific principals and Earth Science.

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Verbal Ability

The reading section has 47 questions that must be answered in 60 minutes. Below is a more detailed list of the types of reading questions that generally appear on the test.

• Drawing logical conclusions
• Identifying main ideas
• Meaning in context
• Distinguish fact from opinions
• Making inferences
• Identifying tone and purpose
• Summarizing
• Vocabulary (definitions and synonyms)


The reading section has 50 questions. Below is a more detailed list of the types of math questions that generally appear on the test.

• Basic operations – adding subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers
• Square root
• Prime factors
• Median and mode
• Exponents
• Word problems
• Simple geometry
• IQ questions
• Operations with polynomials
• Quadratics
• Ratio and proportion
• Fractions, decimals and percent
• Speed, acceleration and momentum


The science section has 100 science questions which cover Biology,
Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology and Physics. The Physics component is currently
being tested and is not given at all institutions. Be sure to check with your school for
the exact content of the exam you will be taking. Below is a detailed list of the science
topics likely to appear on the test.


• Cellular processes
• Scientific reasoning and scientific method
• Classification and Taxonomy
• Photosynthesis
• Genetics


• Atoms and molecules
• Protons and electrons
• States of matter
• Redox reactions
• Chemical reactions
• Acid and base
• Molarity
• Periodic table


• Potential, mechanical and kinetic energy
• Electricity – currents voltage and resistance
• Ohm’s law
• Newton’s laws
• Linear and rotational motion

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Date Published: Monday, April 7th, 2014
Date Modified: Monday, May 4th, 2020

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  1. Sonja
    October 11, 2017

    Want to study for pax for lvn

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