# NLN Pre-RN Test results

1. Hello Everyone,

This is my first time here and hopefully can contribute to others in the future.

I just received my test results for the NLN Pre-RN exam (is it the same as Pax?) and I have no clue how to define my results. Can anyone help? (Thanks in advance)

Here are my results:
Percentiles
Verbal: 44/60 87 80 80
Math: 36/40 98 97 97
Science: 42/60 93 89 88

Composite Score: 135 97 93 94 (Composite Percentile Score)

Much appreciated, and thank you once again.
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3. You did good.

I believe that the pre-nln entrance exam and the pax are both the same - im not sure though.

Raw scores is how many questions you got right out of the questions you were given. So, for example, for verbal, you got 44 out of 60 questions right.

DI = students who took the exam who were applying for a diploma program.
AD = students who took the exam who were applying for an associates program.
All = students applying to schools that can grant an associates or a BSN.

The numbers underneath each of them is a percentile not a percentage - it's how much better you did compared to other students who took the exam.

So for instance, under AD, for verbal, you got an 80 - that means you are in the 80th percentile, you did better than 80% of the people that took the test in verbal who were applying for an Associates program; 20% of the people did better than you.

For math, under AD, you got a 97 - you are the 97th percentile, you did better than 97% of the people that took the test in math who were applying for an associates program; 3 % of the people did better than you.

For composite scores:

The first score is your overall score for the test - 200 is the highest, 1 is the lowest, 100 is average and most students score around 100. It's really hard to crack past 150 or under 50 - you would either have to get almost every question right or wrong.

You got a 135 - which is really good. You are the cream of the crop. Good job! =D

The three remaining scores are your composite scores in verbal, math, and science - for these scores, 100 is the highest you can get, 50 is the average, and 1 is the lowest you can get.

97,93, and 94 are really good grades!
4. Thanks and much appreciated Metricalpound. Just scared that my scores are not good enough to get into schools. Thanks again.

Oh just one more question, which percentiles do schools look at?
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Thanks and much appreciated Metricalpound. Just scared that my scores are not good enough to get into schools. Thanks again.

Oh just one more question, which percentiles do schools look at?
No problem.

Your scores should be good enough to get into schools - I had similar scores and got into a pretty good nursing program with a 100% pass rate in the NCLEX...let's just hope that I can get through it lol. It all depends on the scores of the people that also apply with you and their grades in the classes or whatever else the school has you do. Usually these scores are just a subset of what they are expecting from you to see if you are a good candidate for their school.

Usually schools look at the 4 composite scores and they usually have a lowest grade they would accept in each subject and a lowest grade for the composite.. So, for instance, a person may get a 99 in science, a 99 in math but a 73 in verbal and not be accepted because they didn't "pass" the verbal portion of the test. I also know many people that "passed" each subject but couldn't get in because they had too low of an overall composite score.

Also remember that each point higher you have in the composite score is harder to get - they are not equal. So there is less of a difference between a 76 and a 77 than a 92 and a 93. Each point up is harder to get than the one that came before it. I got almost every science and verbal question right and I couldn't crack past 98 for both of them. For math, I got about half of the questions correct and I got a 78 - I barely "passed" math. My composite was a 138.

That's why you have such solid scores - you cracked 90 in all three subjects, you got better than a 120 on your overall composite grade. You should be able to get into any nursing school if you have decent grades in your pre-reqs or whatever else they judge by.

=D
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You did good.

I believe that the pre-nln entrance exam and the pax are both the same - im not sure though.

Raw scores is how many questions you got right out of the questions you were given. So, for example, for verbal, you got 44 out of 60 questions right.

DI = students who took the exam who were applying for a diploma program.
AD = students who took the exam who were applying for an associates program.
All = students applying to schools that can grant an associates or a BSN.

The numbers underneath each of them is a percentile not a percentage - it's how much better you did compared to other students who took the exam.

So for instance, under AD, for verbal, you got an 80 - that means you are in the 80th percentile, you did better than 80% of the people that took the test in verbal who were applying for an Associates program; 20% of the people did better than you.

For math, under AD, you got a 97 - you are the 97th percentile, you did better than 97% of the people that took the test in math who were applying for an associates program; 3 % of the people did better than you.

For composite scores:

The first score is your overall score for the test - 200 is the highest, 1 is the lowest, 100 is average and most students score around 100. It's really hard to crack past 150 or under 50 - you would either have to get almost every question right or wrong.

You got a 135 - which is really good. You are the cream of the crop. Good job! =D

The three remaining scores are your composite scores in verbal, math, and science - for these scores, 100 is the highest you can get, 50 is the average, and 1 is the lowest you can get.

97,93, and 94 are really good grades!
97, 93, and 94 are percentiles...not composite scores or composite percentile. The composite score is 135 and reflects how well the OP performed on the entire exam (verbal, math, science).

The composite score range is 0-200; composite percentile will always be 99 or lower. You really can't get 100 because then you'd be scoring better than yourself.

Sorry to be nit-picky, but I've noticed both on AN and in real-life that people seem to use percentile scores and composite scores interchangeably.
7. I got a Composite Score of 102 and received my letter a few weeks later that I did not pass. It would be nice if they told us what score to shoot for. I've searched everywhere and nobody gives you an idea of where to land. Yes, I know we should do as well as possible, but at least let us know know much we missed it by. The Science section for me was a nightmare. I didn't take Physics in college and there was quite a bit of Physics questions on the test which gave my Science section a low score. I didn't know where to even start on answering the questions. Guessing "C" on most of the answers did not help. I've been trying to find books to study and online tests, but a lot of reviews said the answers were wrong which doesn't help.