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National League of Nursing Online Pre-Admission Exam for PN/RN

This exam provides a common basis for the IRSC Nursing Department to evaluate the academic ability of perspective PN and RN students. The two-hour computerized exam is comprised of three parts: Verbal Ability (40 minutes/60 questions), Mathematics (40 minutes, 40 questions), and Science (40 minutes, 60 questions).

SPECIAL NOTICE - *Please note that due to Covid-19, all dates listed on this webpage are subject to change. Check both your IRSC email and the IRSC website for current updates.

How to Register

As the results of COVID-19 and for the safety of our students and staff the National League of Nursing (NLN) PAX entrance exam will not be administered in person at IRSC. Instead applicants will take the NLN PAX exam remotely with an online proctor. We apologize for any challenges that this change may cause and appreciate your flexibility during this unusual time.

  • Applicants will need to complete the NLN Exam Registration Steps below between May 4 and May 27, 2020.
  • The NLN exam must be completed between May 4 and June 1, 2020.
  • Applicants should not register for or take the NLN exam if they have not submitted their application for the IRSC RN program and paid the Health Science application fee by the May 7, 2020 deadline.
  • Applicants should only take the NLN once between May 4 and June 1, 2020. Second attempts test attempts during this time period will not be counted or refunded.
  • Applicants should not register for the NLN Exam if they can not meet the Technical Requirements, Identification Requirements, Testing Environment/Workspace Requirement and Standard Rules listed below.
  • All applicants will need to create a new NLN account as noted in step one of the NLN Exam Registration Steps below. Accounts and test registrations created prior to May 4, 2020 will not be valid.
  • NLN exam format and content has not changed.
  • Payment Information
  • The IRSC Health Sciences Application Fee must be paid to IRSC by May 7, 2020.
  • The NLN "remote proctoring fee" of $35 must be paid directly to NLN prior to making a testing appointment.
  • After May 7, 2020 applicants will receive an email with details about paying the $40 exam fee to IRSC.
  • The NLN test results will automatically be sent to the IRSC Nursing Department.

NLN Exam Registration Steps

These are the general steps you will follow to take the Remote Proctored NLN PAX exam. NLN will email you more detailed directions after you complete your account setup and payment process.

If You Have an Existing NLN Account

  1. Go to www.nlnonlinetesting.org and login using your NLN username and password.
  2. Click on Exam Sessions (top blue menu bar)
  3. Go to Spring 2020 Remote PAX Testing, and click Register
  4. Within 48 hours you will receive an email from NLN containing the payment instructions for the Online Proctoring Fee ($35.00)
  5. Once your Online Proctoring Fee has been processed, you will receive a second email from NLN containing a voucher code for your NLN Pre-Admission Exam - PAX STD and the NLN STUDENT GUIDE TO REMOTE TESTING PAX & NACE AT HOME.
  6. Follow the directions outlined in the student guide carefully to complete the remote NLN testing process.
  7. If you have any problems, please contact NLN directly at studenthelp@nln.org

If You Do NOT Have an NLN Account

  1. Go to www.nlnonlinetesting.org and click on “Create new account”.
  2. On the User Account – Create new account page, complete the form and then click the “Create new account” button (bottom left corner)
  3. Check your email for the NLN password link and set your unique password.
  4. Click on Exam Sessions (top blue menu bar)
  5. Go to Spring 2020 Remote PAX Testing, and click Register
  6. Within 48 hours you will receive an email from NLN containing the payment instructions for the Online Proctoring Fee ($35.00)
  7. Once your Online Proctoring Fee has been processed, you will receive a second email from NLN containing a voucher code (coupon) for your NLN Pre-Admission Exam - PAX STD and the NLN STUDENT GUIDE TO REMOTE TESTING PAX & NACE AT HOME.
  8. Follow the directions outlined in the student guide carefully to complete the remote NLN testing process.
  9. If you have any problems, please contact NLN directly at studenthelp@nln.org

Technical Requirements

  • Operating Systems – Windows 7+ and Mac OS X v10.4 or higher
  • Web Browsers – Internet Explorer 9 and up, Firefox 3 and Firefox 4+(Not compatible with score reports), Safari 4 and Safari 5, Chrome and Opera
  • Laptop and Desktops only. (No Chromebooks, iPads, Tablets or Cell phones allowed)
  • Webcam and microphone are both required for a proctored online exam – Built-in or External
  • Internet Connection:  2Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload (A computer systems check is provided in the Student Guide)
  • Downloads Required:
    • Questionmark Secure 6.0.26+ for Windows or 6.0.19+ for Mac
      Install and detect Questionmark Secure
    • Zoom Meeting – Prompted to install during the process of connecting with the proctor. You do not have to install it ahead of time.

Identification Requirements

  • Must be an original, current (valid) ID issued by a city/state/federal government agency or your school.
  • School ID must be in hard plastic card format. Paper or electronic formats are NOT acceptable.
  • Your first and last names must match the name on the NLN Registration Roster
  • The photo must be clearly recognizable as you.

Testing Environment/Workspace Requirement

  • Candidate must be in a well-lit, quiet, private room.
  • Any doors to the room or closet are to be closed.
  • Candidate must be alone in the room.
  • The table or desk and surrounding area including floor must be clear of any material.
  • Candidate’s mobile phone should be turned off and stored away out of sight.
  • Additional monitors are to be turned off and turned away from sight of candidate.
  • Any desk phone is to be disconnected.
  • We will require the candidate to hold up a reflective surface such as a mirror to show the edges of the monitor, so candidates will be expected to have one available before the exam.

Standard Rules

  • You are alone in the room
  • Your desk and work area are clear
  • No scrap paper is permitted
  • You are connected to a power source
  • No phones or headphones
  • No outside calculators are permitted. There is a built-in calculator within the exam.
  • No dual monitors
  • No leaving your seat
  • No talking
  • Webcam, speakers, and microphone must remain on throughout the test.
  • The proctor must be able to see you for the duration of the test.

 

NLN Frequently Asked Questions

The NLN Pre-Admission Examination is a 2-hour, computerized test.

  • Verbal – Word knowledge and reading comprehension
  • Math – Basic calculations, word problems, algebra, geometry, conversions, graphs and applied math
  • Science – General biology, chemistry, physics and earth science

There are 160 questions on the NLN-Pre-Admission Examination.

  • Verbal - 60 questions
  • Math - 40 questions
  • Science - 60 questions

Yes.

  • Verbal - 40 minutes
  • Math - 40 minutes
  • Science - 40 minutes

Yes, there is a countdown timer available for the Verbal, Math and Science sections of the NLN Pre-Admission Examination. A red bar will indicate your progress in each section.

Examinees are permitted one attempt per registration period (i.e. one attempt in the fall and one attempt in the summer). Testing attempts not in accordance with this policy will not be used for admission to the Practical Nursing or Registered Nursing programs at Indian River State College. No refund will be provided for multiple test attempts during the same registration period. Please note, the same exam is used for both the PN and RN programs.  Students applying for both programs can only test once per registration period.

The new NLN test scores will be valid for one year.

No, there are no experimental test questions included in this exam.

Any student wishing to be considered for the Practical Nursing or Registered Nursing programs at Indian River State College.

Twenty-four (24) hours after completing the NLN Pre-Admission Examination, your score report will be available online at http://nlnonlinetesting.org.  All NLN score reports will be automatically sent to the Indian River State College Nursing Department.

Scores

All NLN score reports are automatically sent to the Indian River State College Nursing Department.

Retest Policy

Only one attempt per registration period is permitted (i.e. one attempt in the fall and one attempt in the summer). All multiple attempts will be voided without a refund. NLN Pre-Admission PN/RN Exam scores are valid for one year.

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