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Preparing for nursing school? Here’s how to study for the nursing admissions entrance exam

Posted on by Blake Pinto

The entrance test for nursing school can be intimidating, but there’s no need to be afraid. This nursing entrance exam study guide will show what you can expect and offer tips on how to study for the nursing entrance exam.

Before you are able to enroll in nursing school, you will be required to take an initial nursing entrance exam. This nursing entrance exam study guide will help you prepare. Depending on the nursing school, the exams and study materials may vary. But, generally, the entrance test for nursing school will have consistent criteria. However, the program you are attempting to enroll in—ADN vs. LVN—can directly affect how comprehensive your nursing entrance exam is.

This nursing entrance exam study guide highlights what you can expect and offers tips for nursing exam preparation so you’re ready to pass when the time comes.

 

What is the nursing admissions entrance exam?

At DNI you will take the Kaplan nursing entrance exam. The Kaplan nursing entrance exam provides an overall score and subscores for basic reading, writing, math, science and critical thinking.

 

Math (28 Questions; 45 min.)

This portion of the nursing entrance exam measures a student’s ability to apply mathematical principles in the following areas:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Ratios
  • Proportions
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Word Problems

Additional Resources

www.math.com

www.mathhelp.com

 

Reading (22 Questions; 45 min)

This measures a student’s capability to understand reading passages, most of which are typically health care related. Students will be required to do the following:

  • Determine the logic of a passage
  • Comprehend details
  • Draw basic inferences
  • Identify the purpose of a passage

 

Writing (21 Questions; 45 min.)

In this portion of the nursing entrance exam students read passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for writing:

  • Assessing passage development
  • Assessing paragraph logic
  • Assessing mechanics of writing

 

Science (20 Questions; 30 min.)

This portion of the nursing entrance exam measures a student’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

 

Critical Thinking

This area does not have its own section within the assessment but is embedded into questions within each of the other four areas, and a separate critical thinking score is still provided to the student.

 

How your program choice affects the nursing entrance exam criteria

At DNI, the nursing entrance exam passing score required for our LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) program is slightly different from the required ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) program scores.

 

LVN Entrance Exam

For the LVN entrance exam, you will be graded on three separate areas:

  • Math – you are required to score 63 percent or higher to pass.
  • Reading – you are required to score 68 percent or higher to pass.
  • Critical Thinking –you are required to score 38 percent or higher to pass.

ADN Entrance Exam

For the ADN entrance exam, you will be graded on all five separate areas:

  • Math – you are required to score 75 percent or higher to pass.
  • Reading – you are required to score 77 percent or higher to pass.
  • Writing– you are required to score 71 percent or higher to pass.
  • Science– you are required to score 65 percent or higher to pass.
  • Critical Thinking– you are required to score 63 percent or higher to pass.

 

How much does the nursing entrance exam cost?

We know that one of the barriers that some people face when pursuing their education is cost. The nursing entrance exams are built to take that into consideration.

  • 1st Attempt – $25
  • 2nd Attempt – $25 and 30 day waiting period
  • 3rd Attempt – $25 and one-year waiting period

Additional resources for nursing entrance exam preparation

If this nursing entrance exam study guide isn’t enough, there are many more resources to help you prepare for your nursing entrance exam. At the end of the day, your success will probably depend on the amount of time you are willing to put in.

Review: Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam Review Videos

PLATO Learning Environment

At Dallas Nursing Institute we provide our prospective students with FREE access to PLATO Learning Environment ®. This online courseware provides you with a comprehensive overview of everything you can expect to find whether you’re taking the LVN or ADN nursing entrance exam. Once you have received credentials and log in to the courseware you will discover the following to help you prepare:

  • “Comprehensive Exams covering Reading Comprehension, General Math and Language Arts”
  • “Personalized study plans created specifically to address the student’s strengths and weaknesses”

Kaplan Nursing school Entrance Exam Prep Textbook (8th Edition)

This study guide, written by the company that creates the exam, will give you a complete and comprehensive review of each topic tested over.  In addition, practice tests are provided in the back of the book and will give you the practice you need before you take your actual exam.

*Note: this book can be purchased in the Admissions Office at DNI

We suggest our prospective students study a minimum of two hours per day. Generally, you have about three weeks to use this courseware before taking your actual nursing entrance exam.

Free on-site tutoring

We provide free on-site tutoring to our applicants with the purchase of a Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam textbook and a scheduled admissions entrance exam. The tutor offers multiple sessions each week covering all subjects of the exam (Reading, Math, Writing, Science and Critical Thinking).

 

Begin Your Journey

We hope this nursing entrance exam study guide is helpful as you begin down the path to a career in nursing. If you need any additional help or would like to speak directly with one of our representatives give us a call at 469-941-8300, or you can request more information about Dallas Nursing Institute and the programs we offer here. Good luck!