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NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX)

The National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination for RN (NLN PAX) is a standardized entrance exam for potential nursing students who seek admittance into nursing schools nationwide. The NLN PAX-RN is comprised 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.

The NLN Pre-Admission Exam contains 214 questions: 80 verbal, 54 math, and 80 science, with one hour allowed for completing each section.

You can study for the NLN PAX-RN by purchasing the National League for Nursing Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam, Editor: McDonald 3rd Edition – available in most bookstores.


View 2016 Exam Schedule at Hunter College (PDF)

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Applicants may register online on Follow the instructions online to register and pay for the Pre-Admission NLN for RN Examination. Make sure to choose Hunter College as your test site. Remember your login information that you create on the NLN website, as you will need this again on exam day.

If you need more information on registering for the exam feel free to contact the Hunter College Testing Center, located in Room 150N of the 68th Street & Lexington Avenue, Hunter College Campus or via phone at 212-772-4868.

Students are allowed to take the NLN PAX once every six months. The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing will accept scores for up to two years. If the exam is taken multiple times, we will consider the highest score in the admissions process.