NLN Results.... - page 40

I took my test on 1/27....I read on here some people are getting their results back in 12 days...well that's today. Does anyone who took their test that day have theirs back? How about those of you... Read More

  1. by   nvr2late
    Well, I have a CNA license even though I only took the course to obtain the PCT. I never worked as either. So are you saying that there ARE 'basic nursing' questions, or strictly math and science, etc? You have been very helpful!!! I appreciate the input lots. NVR2late.
  2. by   ernurse2015
    There are no nursing questions at all on the NLN exam. It's strictly basic academic questions as it relates to math, science and reading. The science portion covers biology, chem, some anatomy and physiology, and the rest physics.
  3. by   nvr2late
    ...Or, you could go to any local bookstore chain. I bought mine at Barnes & Noble after checking it out for "2 week maximum" from the school library. BTW, has anyone heard of Rapid Learning Center (online) electronic tutoring courses for the pre-rec basics? It's between $100-200 bucks but seems like a valuable tool; especially for those of us Mathly and Sciencely Challenged nvr2late
  4. by   ernurse2015
    Are there any tutors you can get to help with the NLN other than using the study guide? I reached out to my local college but they don't have any to help with this. They have more specific subjects.

    Thanks for any feedback.
  5. by   Johnny_B
    Well - I guess it was knowing what to expect on the exam that would be the best help. Some people like the cream/blue book that is sold at the CLC bookstore. Someone told me the other, large Gold book they got at Amazon is much closer to the exam.

    Here is what I found on the exam in 2007-2008:
    Math: Mostly fractions with cross multiplication
    If I recall, there may have been a couple of trig questions, but they were basic
    Science: Some basic physics (energy related questions), some chemistry questions basic equasion balancing, ion questions, nursing related H, Ca, Na and K, Anatomy&physiology - mostly just about the heart and circulation system
    Vocabulary - basic, A&P terminology (not nearly as tough as the ACT or SAT vocabulary). There were some basic electronic questions about series/parallel circuits and using Ohms law and/or Watts law. But I worked 3 years as an engineer and had a background in electrical engineering, so I breezed through them.

    Personally I only missed a few math and science questions and I think it was about 11 vocabularly questions. Anyway, I managed to get 99%'tile when I took the test. If you want any pointers, you can ask.

    Oh yeah - all of the questions in every area had a nursing slant. They were geared at the nursing part of the math, science and vocabulary.
  6. by   ernurse2015
    Do you know what the name of that book is? The one that was found on Amazon?
  7. by   Johnny_B
    I found 2 other books listed at Amazon. The following book has the best rating at their site. The other book was not ranked as high. The one I used was the Cream/blue book and it was not very good.

    I hope this helps.
  8. by   luvkoi
    I just got my NLN scores and got a 102 composite which is 56% in all is that good?? I also got a 3.8 for my final grade last semester so I hope that helps.
  9. by   Johnny_B
    I don't recall the composite scores. And you have to look at the percentile ranking not percentage correct.

    What happens is the NLN people take your score in each category and your composite score and come up with a percentile ranking. That percentile ranking compares your scores with approximately 20,000 other students across the US. The end result is what they call percentile ranking.

    Most schools have a minimum requirement to get into nursing. CLC's I believe is somewhere between 40th and 50th percentile, however, this is a minimum. It is not what you will need to get in, only to be considered by the school.

    CLC, like other schools has a maximum ratio of students to teachers. At CLC, it is 10 students per teacher. I believe this is a state requirement. With 10 teachers a semester, that means only 60 students will be accepted each semester. Typically at CLC, 200-300 students apply to the program each semester. This means the school must eliminate 140-240 students. They use the NLN exam, (because it is a nationally recognized standard for evaluating necessary knowledge). The percentile that ends up being the cutoff for entrance ends up being the lowest possible ranking that eliminates all but 60 students at CLC and probably something different at other schools. Percentile rankings can be from 0 percentile to 99 percentile. When I got into the program, I believe the minimum percentile ranking accepted was 91 percentile. But this varies from semester to semester. I believe last semester they must have had more applicants and it was 92 percentile. It all depends on how many people they have to eliminate.

    With that being mentioned, here is what I ended up doing: On the math, I did very well. I think I may have missed 6 questions at most. On science I missed about 10 questions and on vocabularly, it was maybe 11 or 12 wrong. At least that was what I recalled. In any case, the only number they used was the percentile ranking, which for me was 99 percentile. So you don't need a perfect score to rank high.

    As a side note: I studied from the cream and blue colored book and I found it useless for content. The style of questions, however, were similar. Math questions were almost all fractional type math. Science included lots of basic physics questions, I think a handful of chemistry questions, a few anatomy and physiology questions, mostly about the heart and circulatory systems and a couple of basic electronics questions. I studied a 300+ page vocabularly book and only found one word from the entire book on the exam. The vocabularly words were mostly centered around healthcare. When I took the exam, I was enrolled in general biology. I looked at some information about the heart and circulatory system, thinking this would be good to study and it was. I had a background in electrical engineering, so the electronics questions came easy. I had a fairly strong background in physics as well. I was worried about vocabularly, but it was considerably easier than what was on the SAT test. My background also included lots of math, including Calculus 1, 2 and 3 and Diff EQ, as well as advanced engineering mathematics, but none of that was necessary. Basic algebra and knowledge of math with fractions was all that was necessary, and maybe a little basic triganometry.

    If you truely got only a 56 percentile ranking (and check you looked at on the results sheet), you will most likely need to retest. You need to find the percentile ranking for your chances.
  10. by   SingingRN2Be82
    Hi all! After living through the stresses of everyone else here on the NLN Results thread....I can finally say that I am officially done with that lovely exam known as the PAX-RN!!! Now the waiting game for that acceptance letter begins! I scored a 143 composite...98th Percentile on the NLN and have a GPA of 4.0. I'm hoping to enter Queensborough Community College's Nursing program in the Fall. Putting my application in mid March! Fingers crossed. Good luck to you all as well!
  11. by   JQ_RN
    Ok so after reading through this thread, I've gathered some usefull information to help me prepare for my upcoming nln test. This is the second time I will taking this test because the first time wasnt good enough for my school. I received a 119 composite score and in the 81% so now I will need to retake it. Does anyone know if it's possible to increase my score to a high 90% or is that too much to ask. I will be studying very hard over the summer from the nln book as well as kaplan nursing guide since it has very good pointers and studying stategies. I will also follow some of the advice posted on here such as obtaining a tutor in math since I am not very quick at math. The science part of the exam was very hard for me as I had not taken a science class for 5yrs, however I am currently taking a&p2 and I think I am much more prepared now. The only problem is that I have a lot of pressure because for Spring my school only takes 24 students and the lowest score is usually a 92%. Can someone please offer some words of adivice. It will be greatly appreciate as I am bumbed I didnt get in for fall 2010 and want to be good enough to get in for Spring.
  12. by   Johnny_B
    In my opinion, the most important thing is to relax before the exam and have eaten well at least an hour or more before. This will help. The key is relaxation.

    That being said -

    for the electronics portion of the exam, you need to know the difference between a series and a parallel circuit. You need to know the formula E=IxR where E is electromotive force (voltage), I represents current in amperes and R represents resistance. If I recall, the electronics questions were that basic. Although I have a good background in it.

    For physics, you need to know that Einsteins law of relativity is related to the equation E=M*C2, (squared), that the speed of light is 186,000 miles/second or 300,000 meters/second and have to be able to use some basic formulas like F=MA (force = mass x acceleration). You need to know the difference between potential and kinetic energy and know that there is a conservation of energy. You also should know about Newton and that he was known for the apple experiment, that objects of different weights still fall at the same rate and that terminal velocity of an object is around 120 mph.

    Math was a bunch of fractional math including cross multiplication, ratios, etc.

    Good luck. Ask if you have more questions.
  13. by   Miracle86
    Hi, I'm new to this website but I was just wondering when looking at my results which numbers do I pay the most attention to? Is it the the composite score and composite percentile? or Should I focus on each seperate section and its own percentile? Please