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Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam

Admissions Test Overview

The Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam is a tool to determine if students have the academic skills necessary to perform effectively in a school of nursing. The Admissions Test is a 91-question, online, multiple-choice test that evaluates the basic reading, math, writing and science skills of students seeking entry into a nursing program leading to RN licensure. The test can be used to determine acceptance into a nursing program, or it can be administered to currently enrolled students to identify who would benefit from immediate and focused remediation.

Outline of the Admissions Test

The Admissions Test consists of 4 sections with a total of 91 questions. The total testing time is up to 165 minutes.

Reading

22 questions; time allotted- 45 minutes. Candidates read four passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for reading:

  • Determining the logic of a passage
  • Comprehending details
  • Drawing basic inferences
  • Identifying the purpose of a passage

Math

28 questions; time allotted- 45 minutes. The test measures the candidate’s ability to apply mathematical principles in the following areas:

  • Conversions
  • Operations
  • Ratios
  • Word problems

Writing

21 questions; time allotted- 45 minutes. Candidates read nine passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for writing. This test assesses:

  • Passage development
  • Paragraph logic
  • Mechanics of writing

Science

20 questions; time allotted- 30 minutes. The test measures the candidate’s knowledge of physiology in the following areas:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Electrolytes
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Immune system
  • Neurology
  • Renal system
  • Hematological system
  • Homeostasis
  • Respiratory system
  • Sensory system
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