NLN Pre-Entrance Exam

  1. Hello,

    I was wondering if anyone has taken the NLN pre-entrance exam for RN? Is it hard? How should I study? I bought the study guide, and I am wondering if it was worth buying?

    Thanks
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  2. 36 Comments

  3. by   Pixiesmom
    I'll be taking it this spring and everyone that I've talked to on campus said that the book was a tremendous help.
  4. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    I just reviewed some math and that was it, and I did fine..

    Swtooth
  5. by   Lovely_RN
    I purchased the RN book but ended up taking the PN exam and you know what? The questions were almost taken straight out of the book! I was surprised because I didn't have time to buy the PN book but the test was really similair to what was in the RN study guide. For the science questions focus on biology, the chemistry questions are very simple and there was some stuff about electricity and a question about Ohms. The math section has a lot of ratio and percentage questions but the rest is all pretty much basic math with maybe 2 algebraic equations. The NLN exam isn't that bad, unlike the TEAS the answers are pretty much straightforward if you know the material.
  6. by   DesertRain
    I'll be taking it in February too. I have the book right beside me as I type this. From my classmates that I have spoken to that have taken the exam they said that there were weird things on there that they didn't expect like electrical questions and more physics than they expected. I personally am terrible at math and have never taken a physics or chem course since I graduated highschool in 96. I have to focus on those I think. But I spoke to a girl who did very well and she said she studied from the book for about an hour a day for 2 months and she did astounding. I also spoke to a guy who studied for one whole weekend and did very well. I have also known of people who didn't study at all and did not do so good.
    Is there any other study guides or help that anyone knows of other than the pre-exam book?
  7. by   JDLAStew
    I'm taking the test in January. I'm scared to death. I've finished all prerequisites except Microbiology which I'm taking in the Spring. I go to a small community college and you have to score at least a 120 to get in. I've got the study guide/practice tests booklet and a cd-rom that gives test taking assistance. Anyone know a secret to doing well on this...?
  8. by   DesertRain
    Quote from JDLAStew
    I'm taking the test in January. I'm scared to death. I've finished all prerequisites except Microbiology which I'm taking in the Spring. I go to a small community college and you have to score at least a 120 to get in. I've got the study guide/practice tests booklet and a cd-rom that gives test taking assistance. Anyone know a secret to doing well on this...?
    Oh my goodness your school needs 120? My school needs a score of 100 composite but they did say that the people that are admitted on average score 120 or above

    What cd do you have?
  9. by   azrn08
    Bought the book, barely studied did fine was accepted into the program. The just of it is a lot of common sense. If you've done your pre reqs and did okay you should do fine on the test. But remember while testing you must breathe!!!
  10. by   pyseymo
    Quote from DesertRain
    I'll be taking it in February too. I have the book right beside me as I type this. From my classmates that I have spoken to that have taken the exam they said that there were weird things on there that they didn't expect like electrical questions and more physics than they expected. I personally am terrible at math and have never taken a physics or chem course since I graduated highschool in 96. I have to focus on those I think. But I spoke to a girl who did very well and she said she studied from the book for about an hour a day for 2 months and she did astounding. I also spoke to a guy who studied for one whole weekend and did very well. I have also known of people who didn't study at all and did not do so good.
    Is there any other study guides or help that anyone knows of other than the pre-exam book?
    There were some things on there not covered in the book and the science part of it was challenging! I am no genius and my composite score was 151. I forgot to mention that I have been out of school since 1985 and have had no other college courses!
    Last edit by pyseymo on Jan 1, '07
  11. by   DesertRain
    Quote from pyseymo
    There were some things on there not covered in the book and the science part of it was challenging! I am no genius and my composite score was 151. I forgot to mention that I have been out of school since 1985 and have had no other college courses!
    WOW 151! Trust me, that sounds pretty genius . Maybe you can help some of us worry warts on here with it. Hopefully you can answer some questions:

    1. From what you remember what was on the exam that you mentioned was not covered in the book?

    2. What about the science part did you find challenging?

    3. You mentioned that you had no other college courses but I was wondering did you take A&P? Chem? Physics? for pre-req's or what prior pre-req's did you have prior to the exam?

    4. How much would you say you committed to studying for the NLN and how much did you study from the book?


    If you can help with these questions it would be greatly appreciated!
  12. by   DesertRain
    Does anyone have any sites dedicated to the NLN that might be of useful study? I have seen many of those DIY ebook/flashcard sites that "guarantee you pass the NLN or your money back" but I mean....most of us can pass on our own, it's getting a high score that will help. I have seen people talk about CD's and websites dedicated to them if anyone has any information please do share!
  13. by   pyseymo
    Quote from DesertRain
    WOW 151! Trust me, that sounds pretty genius . Maybe you can help some of us worry warts on here with it. Hopefully you can answer some questions:

    1. From what you remember what was on the exam that you mentioned was not covered in the book?

    2. What about the science part did you find challenging?

    3. You mentioned that you had no other college courses but I was wondering did you take A&P? Chem? Physics? for pre-req's or what prior pre-req's did you have prior to the exam?

    4. How much would you say you committed to studying for the NLN and how much did you study from the book?


    If you can help with these questions it would be greatly appreciated!
    I only had a month to study for it and I bought the guide to study from and believe it or not, used my 14 year old son's algebra and physical science school textbooks to help me study! I studied a couple of hours a day after work. What didn't seem to be covered enough in the book was the physical science. I thought there would be more biology-type questions but there weren't that many compared to the physics/chemistry. I had no pre-reqs at all prior to taking the exam but I have always been an avid reader! I am sorry I can't think of any specific questions. Also, I barely had time to finish the tests before time was up. It seems like you have to go as fast as you possibly can just to finish in the allotted time. One big clue to me that the test was pretty hard is that alot of people were turning in their answer sheets way before time was up. The last part of the test is the science-I think alot of people gave up!-BUT it was alot of "older" people like myself there taking the exam.[I'm 39] I do hope this helps you and lots of luck to you on the test!
  14. by   DesertRain
    Quote from pyseymo
    I only had a month to study for it and I bought the guide to study from and believe it or not, used my 14 year old son's algebra and physical science school textbooks to help me study! I studied a couple of hours a day after work. What didn't seem to be covered enough in the book was the physical science. I thought there would be more biology-type questions but there weren't that many compared to the physics/chemistry. I had no pre-reqs at all prior to taking the exam but I have always been an avid reader! I am sorry I can't think of any specific questions. Also, I barely had time to finish the tests before time was up. It seems like you have to go as fast as you possibly can just to finish in the allotted time. One big clue to me that the test was pretty hard is that alot of people were turning in their answer sheets way before time was up. The last part of the test is the science-I think alot of people gave up!-BUT it was alot of "older" people like myself there taking the exam.[I'm 39] I do hope this helps you and lots of luck to you on the test!
    Thanks so much for your response! I too have been brushing up on my math skills by helping my daughter with her math, as I hear the math is pretty basic but does need review if you haven't touched math in a while. I'm concerned about the verbal part of it as some of the words in the book I barely recognized! I hear that a lot about the chem and physics! That's what I am investing my time into right now as I have never taken a physics class in my life and haven't taken chem since highschool and that was 11 years ago for me. Did your son's physical science text help you with the physics part? I might just have to head to the library to pick up a text book!

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