Published Dec 15, 2013
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Hey everyone. I have a quick question. How do you physically apply to the mdc program and select which programs you want to do? I'm enrolled as an A.A in nursing and can change that to A.S in nursing. Do you have to do another application for nursing? I'm finishing my last few prereqs this spring semester and still have the pax exam to take.
Hi, Once you complete your final prereqs, prepare and register for NLN PAX. Take it in time for the May 1st deadline. Once you get your scores you can go in to meet with an advisor and apply for the nursing program. It is a separate application from the one we did for MDC initially. If you have may questions you could meet with an advisor at the Medical campus to discuss any other options. This is what I was told when I went in to advising. Good luck!
I took the nlnpax today and received score of 157. Anything above 106 is enough for consideration but it all depends and the number of students that apply and how your gpa and test score stacks up to the competition. I was told my score was very "competitive" so yours should be also. For anyone who is curious I studied completely from the nlnpax study guide. Make sure you know your percentages for the math section. Also know your geometry abd finding areas of shapes. Science section did not have too much anatomy. Had some physics, sound wave and wavelength questions, Reading grafts. .. study the guide and you should do fine but really know your math because it is very timed and you will run out of time if you take too long.
Thank you so much for posting melissaz77 .. FOR THE SCIENCE portion was it mostly physcis and a little bit of anatomy , earth science & chemistry?... did you have to use any of the formulas to find speed, velocity etc? please advise. i plan on taking my test on the 28th of APRIL.
Hi guys I found some advice and I thought we all could use it, so I am sharing it here. #Sulo251 posted it a few years agoand I thank him a ton for doing so.
About the test:
I took the paper-based test (PBT) and was given a Scantron, and a single piece of white scratch paper along with the exam booklet. The PBT results are mailed to the address you provided when you registered within 10-14 days. There is also a computer-based test where your scores are available either immediately or within 24-48 hours.
The actual test consists of 80 verbal, 54 math and 80 science questions in three separate sections. Only 60, 40, 60, respectively, are counted toward your final score. You will have exactly 60 minutes per section and cannot go back or forward to other sections at any time. During my exam I was allowed 5 minutes of break time between sections and could go to the bathroom. Food and drinks were allowed at Phillips Beth Israel. You are allowed to write/mark on the test booklet but it and the scratch paper cannot be taken home. Bring your own writing utensils.
Tips and Strategies:
I highly recommend the previously mentioned NLN Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam book (by Jones and Bartlett), even if you are a recent high school or college grad. This book will familiarize you with the type of questions on the exam. Additionally, I used the McGraw-Hill’s Nursing School Entrance Exams along with CliffNotes.com’s online Biology, Chemistry and Physics study guide, all which I found to be helpful in complementing the NLN Review Guide.
Allow yourself at least two weeks to study, especially if you haven’t been in school for a few years. It only takes about a week to go through the entire NLN Review Guide so plan your study time accordingly if you intend on cramming. Stay calm, and guess if you run out of time.
For the Verbal section:
I suggest using Freerice.com’s English vocabulary multiple choice test to refresh your vocabulary (and help a good cause while you’re at it). Another good site to use isToefl Vocabulary Word List, Common 500+ Words, Easy to Print, Practice If you know all the words on that list along with the synonyms and antonyms you will be in great shape for the PAX. In general, any high school SAT/ACT vocabulary review book will work. For the reading comprehension of the exam I found that studying the NLN Review Guide and the McGraw-Hill book was enough. Do not bother with the Mc-Graw Hill’s Grammar/Sentence Structure/Spelling/Punctuation chapters as those will not be on the PAX.
What worked for me and others that I talked to for the reading comprehension part is to read the questions before reading each passage. Only read the questions pertaining to that passage; try not to read the answers. This gives you a general template or something to pay attention to while you read the passage. Caution: some people find that this distracts them from the actual reading, so decide for yourself.
Lastly, most people can finish this section within 60 minutes. If you are a slow reader, practice reading health/science articles from the New York Times or other reputable newspaper. Ask yourself these questions after you read the articles: what would be the best title for this article (aside from the one already given) and what are some facts that support article’s theme.
For the Math section:
The NLN Review Guide is 100% dead-on in terms of what you need to know to do well. 54 questions in 60 minutes is BARELY enough time (imo) and there is very little room for errors. There are percentages, fractions, multiplications/divisions involving decimals and some basic algebra/geometry. Although most people did very well here, few manage to finish all 54 on time without guessing. I myself ran out of time and had to guess on the last 4 questions.
My advice is to time yourself using the NLN Review Guide’s Mathematics (Section B & Comprehensive Exams). Do the practice questions as many times as it takes to be comfortable with the pace. You will have to be quick and precise. This is the section where you have to do well to get into a high percentile. A score of 38/40 got me a 99% on ALL but only a 98 on AD.
Some questions you can take shortcuts to save time by either converting fractions to percentages or vice versa. It’s also a good idea to know formulas for areas/perimeters of basic shapes i.e. square, rectangle, triangle, and circle.
For the Science:
For most people this is the make or break section. The important thing to keep in mind while studying is to know the fundamental concepts, especially regarding physics. For example, does it make sense to you that volume increases as temperature is raised or do you just know the formula? Can you explain the concept of volt and amp to a child without using the equation V=IR?
I spent the most time on this section as I knew it would be the most challenging. There were questions about cellular structures, human anatomy, tonicity, ecology/earth science, and evolution for the biology part. Chemistry was fairly light and required no specific formula to solve. Those with excellent memory will do well here.
Do not underestimate the physics part. You have been warned. There WILL be quite a few of these puppies on there; everything from temperature to gas/pressure to energy and electricity. You will have to interpret graphs, charts, tables and pictures. Physics wasn’t my best subject so I studied my butts off here. I recommend the McGraw-Hill’s Nursing School Entrance Exams book in addition to the NLN Review Guide. It is more detailed in the science section than the latter especially when it comes to physics.
Do study the CliffNotes’ online physics guide. It is a bit beyond what you need to know for the exam but every little bit help, if you can manage. Additionally, know the concepts and formula for velocity, acceleration and be able to read related graphs. The laws of Newton, gas laws (Boyle’s and Charles’), Ohm’s Laws are all fair game. Again, if you only know the formulas you will only get half of the questions right. Concepts and fundamentals are important here.
Finally, believe in yourself. Give yourself the best chance to succeed by preparing early and never let go of that drive and will to be the absolute best. Don’t settle for “oh if I get an 80% I will be happy.” The exam is not a sink or swim situation but it is a chance to prove yourself to schools out there looking for students who do well on standardized tests. Let me know if you have any questions about the PAX. Good luck to all and God bless!
This link can give you an idea of how well others did and their feelings/strategies, etc. Check the stickies for other information regarding other tests or nursing need-to-knows.
I'm also applying for FT generic and accelerated. I took the nln pax last week and got a 145. My science gpa is a 3.6. Hope that's enough to get accepted into one of the programs ?Good luck to everyone!!
Hey guys I am applying to MDC for AO and I am trying to register to take the exam but it is not showing Miami Dade. Is anyone else having that problem?
Hi, I have the same problem!!! I just called MDC testing dept and they said that registration will reopen either tomorrow or thursday. We have to keep checking the website! The campus will be closed friday and saturday, so dates will reopen for next week :)
Hey Mels what was the most challenging for you in the exam? was there alot of physics questions as i am reading alot about on here or would you say the focus on the science portion was on something else?.. I plan on taking my exam between the 25th and the 28th and i will be applying for both accelerated and FT generic as well. Good Luck to you as well
Same happened to me as well. i freaked out for a bit!! lol
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