NLN PAX Nursing Admission Exam

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NLN Nursing Exam Practice Exam - 122 Questions

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The NLN PAX Exam is a commonly used pre-admission exam for RN and PN nursing careers.  Our practice question set is designed for jogging your memory of the broad 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



Many nursing schools require applicants to take the NLN PAX as part of the admission process. A high score on the exam can help increase the chances of being accepted into a nursing program.

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