nln pax entrence exman

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hi all , I'm planing to take the pax exam on late April. I'm so nervous , i have been study a lot , i even took classes that prepare for the exam . i have a very positive mind that i will pass . Still i will like to know for those that had experience taking the exam , in what areas should i take more time studying . Thanks all in advance !!!!!

I took the nln and got a 141, and got into my nursing program! I didn't studying until 10 days before the test because it kind of snuck up on me and I did great. I originally typed this advice up for a classmate of mine and it's been a year since I took the test so I'm just copying and pasting to relay this to you. Obviously you dont have to buy the book I used but most of my advice somewhat has to do with the book. Look at the vocab list I posted I truly think it helped me, I swear I saw some of the exact words from that list and from the book I used on the test. Study the cliff notes science stuff on any areas you feel weak, and definitely go to study blue and quizlet sites and search for nln-pax notecards it will be a nice way to quiz yourself and you'll get a variety of book sources as they're all made from many books by different people.

The big thing to me is that you should take many practice tests timing yourself, it will help you learn to pace yourself and make you feel more confident. I averaged a 110-120 on my practice tests and I got a 141 if that makes you feel any better.

Here is the book I used:


Here's my breakdown of each section of the test if you use this book to study:

Vocabulary: The book is great to familiarize you with the style of the questions you'll see and most likely some useful words. They don't really give you a set list of words to study, but I studied Toefl Vocabulary Word List, Common 500+ Words, Easy to Print, Practice and found it useful. The nln just wants to see if you have a strong vocabulary and this will boost it. If 500 words seems overwhelming just copy the list into a word document and first delete all the words you already know, and as you learn more keep deleting those off the list and your list will keep shrinking until you know them all.

If you finish reading those and want to expand your vocab further go to sites like quizlet and search for "nln review" or "nln" and you'll find flashcards people made for the test.

Math: The math section of the study book was perfect for me. Read the review and do the practice tests, when you look over what you got wrong you'll know your weak points and know how to improve. Remember you can't use a calculator on the NLN.

Science: This part really gets people. After the test was over everyone had regrets on that section. I didn't review for the nln until 10 days before the test and I was most nervous for science because there is so much to know, so start reviewing as far in advance as you will be able to remember the information for the test. If you're weak in physics and chemistry, I'd look into studying those a little deeper than the study book shows, my test seemed to go a little heavy in those areas, and of course everyone going into the program has taken anatomy, and will know what you probably know, but most people are terrible with physics questions. Don't stress too hard though, you can't learn everything on a subject you haven't taken as a class before. Only go deep into those once you are comfortable with what the book already covers!

Physics | Homework Help | CliffsNotes

Cliffnotes is a great source that will breeze over the science subjects and can help fill in some blanks for you on what you may not know.

The beauty of the book I got was that there's many practice tests, if you're not sure how you'll test best, try different methods. I rushed through every test as quickly as I could to be prepared for a time crunch. It worked for me, I scored well that way. Try pacing yourself if you need, just learn how to get through the tests with a little wiggle room of a few minutes left over for each section.

Look at the questions you get wrong and the questions you changed. If changing your answers improves your score, or worsens your score you can decide whether or not to go with your gut or if second guessing your answers is a good thing.

Lisel, BSN

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Specializes in Critical Care. so much ;) that's the book I'm using lest hope everything goes wells

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