How did you study for your RN entrance exam?

  1. I have to take an entrance exam and score very highly to get into my program. I was planning on picking up the NLN's study guide and study that, does anyone else have any suggestions?
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  3. by   AmyLiz
    I'm getting ready to take the pre-admission exam on Sept. 5th. I checked out a study guide from the library & have been working on that in my spare time. Also, my school has old tests on file that we can make copies of & practice with.

    Good luck!
  4. by   sagelola
    Sorry, agent, I cannot help in this area!

    I just wanted to say that I have noticed a lot of you have to take tests to get into your programs. We did not. It isn't such a big deal for me...I LOVE tests (yeah, I'm a little strange!). They just based entrance on gpa for the prereqs.

    Now, I hope that I am not jinxing myself, because I have seen several other posts about tests students have to take while IN the program, and be able to pass, prior to graduation. At this point, not knowing anyone ahead of me in the program...I don't know what will happen in the future.
  5. by   agent
    My program is VERY competitive.. im confident, just want to be prepared.
  6. by   essarge
    I depends on which entrance exam your school uses. There are several. Can you tell us which one it is?
  7. by   manna
    I just read a thread on some sort of entrance exam... I think I recall a couple of people saying they used an ACT type study guide and/or software program to brush up on math, reading comprehension, etc?

    Good luck - when will you be taking the test?
  8. by   iliel
    Agent, I also took the NLN, I used the study guide to get familiar with the layout of the test, I timed myself with the sample tests in the book. The NLN book not only has questions, but for some of the bio and math, it has a review section that goes into some detail. Good luck!
    When do you take it?
  9. by   JudithL_in_NH
    I used GED (high school equivalency) review books for Bio, Chem, Physics, and Algebra. They were suggested at an NLN workshop at my school. I also had the NLN study guide, but found the GED books gave more thorough review in the sciences. You can find them at just about every library.

    I scored really well after having been away from science since high school (nearly 30 years) and made it into a program that accepts only 1 in 10 applicants!

    Best of luck to you!
  10. by   teeituptom
    I did none of those. I decided that after making it through school. I either knew it or it was too late to know it.
    The night before the exams I got drunk and got ____.
    I passed first time
  11. by   agent
    the ged books seem like a good idea, just not toosure how in depth i need to go. Ill start with the NLN study guide and go from there.

    I really dont have to take it for a few months but I'm one of these ppl who like to be prepared.

    I've taken two tech certification exams and the last one scored in the 94% percentile.
  12. by   RNIAM
    I wish i could help on this one but our school doesn't require that for admission.
  13. by   agent
    I ordered my RN pre-admission study guide today
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    Back in the early '90s when I took the NLN, the test was basically a review of high-school-level math and English, plus some A&P, microbiology, chemistry, and then some physics. I remember wondering when the exam was going to get harder, and it never did....as it turned out, I passed with the highest score out of a group of some 75 students. Now, I'm no dummy, but I'm far from being a genius....the message being, DON'T stress over the NLN, it's just not that difficult!

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