NLN PAX Nursing Admission Exam

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NLN Nursing Exam Practice Exam - 122 Questions

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New in 2021 NLN PAX Practice Test

The NLN PAX Exam is one of the commonly used pre-admission exams for RN and PN nursing careers.  Our practice question set is designed to jog your memory of the broad set of knowledge necessary to be successful, so there's a mix of verbal, math, and science questions that cover a broad range of topics.


The PAX exam consists of three one-hour tests. The test sections are Verbal Ability, Mathematics, and Science.  


Each section tests knowledge/ability at a level between high school and college 101 level. One hour is allocated for each of the three tests.  


The exam can be tricky because of the breadth of the subject matter and the fact that, quite simply, test-takers can be rusty on the NLN PAX topics.



  • Word knowledge
  • Reading comprehension



  • Geometry
  • Word problems
  • Algebra
  • Scientific notation
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Data interpretation
  • Basic calculations
  • Conversions
  • Graphs 
  • Applied mathematics



  • Basic biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Some Earth Science
  • Some Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Questions based on diagrams, drawings, and graphs


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