Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam Info


Hello everyone,

I just took the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam this past Tuesday, and I'm happy to say that I got accepted to North Central Texas College in Gainesville, TX! I just wanted to post information about the test in case there's anyone out there like me who went crazy trying to find information about the Kaplan but didn't.

I used the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams and feel like it is a very good study tool for Reading and Math sections. The Reading section is the same format that will be on the test, extracting main ideas and summarizing each paragraph. I scored an

As for Math, there were a lot of fraction problems; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. Also make sure you are very familiar with percentages. For the dosage calculation questions, there were fairly basic problems and maybe 3 or 4 on the test. There wasn't any that involved X grain (I had to google X grain when I saw it on the practice question). The only dosage calculation problem I remember was a situational question...A nurse has to administer a medication twice a day, at 10am and 4pm. The first dosage is 3/8 oz and the second dosage 2/7 oz, she only has one oz of the medication. Will she have enough for both doses? In which you have to find the least common denominator and in order to add fractions together and the decide if it is more or less than the oz available... For the math portion, I also bought a dosage calculations math book from Barnes and Noble, it has a lot of situational problems that closely resemble what was on the exam and will more than prepare you.

Writing was by far the most annoying section of them all. The Kaplan study guide does not reflect what is on the actual test. In the Kaplan study guide, you will have a section for vocabulary and spelling only, neither of which are on the test. I take that back, I had one question on my test where it asked which sentence had an incorrectly spelled word, and it was very obvious. The word was "roll", in which is was the wrong form of roll. The correct spelling was "role", as in "role model". The Writing section was in short story format, each sentence numbered, and it would ask questions as far as grammar, structure, or punctuation - which sentence has a comma where one isn't needed or which sentence is repetitive and not necessary in the paragraph. There were few questions that asked which sentence has an incorrect usage of a verb or which sentence has a subject-verb that doesn't agree. Mostly there would be a question with either a sentence, or even a whole paragraph, that asks where would be the best place to insert it within the short story, those were the hardest for me, I tend to be an over analyzer!

The science section was by far the hardest, and even now I'm not sure of the best way to prepare for it. I used A&P for Dummies, which was of little help. There were mostly questions about the Cardiovascular system - the pathway of a blood flow through the heart is the one that I remember most because that was one of the only questions I was completely sure of! Which system is responsible for regulation the pH? What is unique about the cells in the nervous system? Which organ of the digestive tract does the most absorption of nutrients? These were the easier questions that I can remember, the hard ones I can't even think of because in the moment, you either know it or you don't. I had taken A&P I and II about 5 years ago, and I decided to retake A&P I this past Spring in order to get my gpa higher. The systems that were mostly on the test - Cardiovascular, Endocrine, Digestive - are covered in A&P II (well, at least that's the way it is in Texas). So I think taking A&P II the semester before you test would be beneficial.

My overall score is an 80, not bad considering I did horrible in the science! Hopefully this information is of use to you, and good luck!


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Thanks jlg311! I am glad you put this information out there. I searched AllNurses for info about the Kaplan Exam, and there wasn't too much available. So this will definitely be very helpful to all future Kaplan exam takers.

I received my Kaplan Exam study book today. The math in this study guide covers more than the basic functions, fractions and percentages. Do you think it is a waste of time to review all the non-related math? Do you think this book or the Kaplan dosage calculations book prepared you more for the actual exam? I plan to work through these tw0 books over the next year a few times as math is a really weak subject for me.

Thanks again!


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how about the neurology? we have like 5 chapters in the Neuro section. Can you give the official name of the book for the drug calculations? Thanks for this info. Really awesome


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Thank u só much for all the info!!!


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Do you know which book I can purchase to help me prepare for the Nursing Kaplan Exam? I just ordered This book " Nursing School Entrance Exam" It's a Kaplan book. Do you think I would need a different book to help me get a good score on the entrance exam? Thank you!


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Congratulations!! I too am attending NCTC and will apply this May for the program. I am very nervous about this test, and especially the Math portion....Thanks for all the great information and good luck in school!!


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Hello all! Anybody here applying for the September ADN program at Kaplan in San Diego? I scored 32 on the Wonderlic, and 91 overall on the KTP test. I think thats pretty good.. I recently completed the M.A. program at Kaplan to gain a little experience, and I am anxious to be accepted. Congrats to all the students accepted in May!


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Hi, just wondering if anyone is testing for the Kaplan next week up in North Texas?


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Took the kaplan and got an 87 ^^


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May I ask what your method of study and prep materials were? Great score by the way. Congratulations!!


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May I ask what your method of study and prep materials were? Great score by the way. Congratulations!!

Absolutely! All my tips and tools are in a thread I made . It is thorough and informative :) look through my threads regarding improving on kaplan. I got in the top ten for my accepted cohort :) I took it another before I took the one that I scored well on and did terribly lol


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Hi! I know this is an old post, but do you have any suggestions on the reading section for the ktp exam?