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The Kaplan Nursing School Admissions Test is a pre-admission assessment to determine whether a student has the necessary academic skills to perform effectively in a school of nursing. Designed for students with a high-school education (or equivalent), the 91-question, multiple-choice test provides an overall percentage score and sub-scores for basic reading, writing, math, science and critical thinking. The Kaplan Nursing School Admissions Test is unique in that it is nursing-content focused. The math section focuses on math skills foundational to clinical competence: decimal to fraction conversions, ratios and proportions. The science section has a focus on anatomy and physiology at a level appropriate for a high school graduate.

Test results provide scores for:

1

Reading Comprehension

2

Writing

3

Math

4

Science

5

Critical Thinking

The reading section contains 22 questions to be answered in 45 minutes. Candidates read four passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for reading:

  • Determining the logic of a passage
  • Comprehending details
  • Drawing basic inferences
  • Identifying the purpose of a passage

The math section contains 28 questions to be answered in 45 minutes. The test measures the candidate’s ability to apply mathematical principles in the following areas:

  • Conversions
  • Operations
  • Ratios
  • Word problems

The writing section contains 21 questions to be answered in 45 minutes. Candidates read nine passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for writing:

  • Assessing passage development
  • Assessing paragraph logic
  • Assessing mechanics of writing

The science section contains 20 questions to be answered in 30 minutes. The test measures the candidate’s knowledge of physiology in the following areas:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Electrolytesc
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Immune system
  • Neurology
  • Renal system
  • Hematological system
  • Homeostasis
  • Respiratory system
  • Sensory system

The exam is nationally-normed for benchmarking and also includes an overall composite score.

Note: The Kaplan Nursing Admissions Test is provided to partner schools and housed on a website separate from the rest of the Integrated Testing assets.

An optional study guide, “Nursing School Entrance Exams,” is available for purchase

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