Information on pre-NLN exam

The National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (NLN PAX) for registered nursing programs "PAX-RN" 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.

Each Pre-Admission Exam includes three one-hour multiple-choice tests in one booklet. (Exams contain experimental items for purposes of future test development. These items are not included in the examinees’ scores.) The first section is Verbal Ability, followed by Mathematics and Science. The entire NLN PAX must be taken during one test session.

Sample pre NLN questions.


How can I study for the PAX-RN or the PAX- PN?

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 content necessary for admission to RN programs in nursing.

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 .


Pax-PN: Review Guide for LPN/LVN Pre-Entrance Exam, Third Edition Review Book

The text is available at the MATC bookstore