Nursing RN

Frequently Asked Questions about the NLN Exam


Are other nursing tests available through the Leestown Assessment Center?

Yes, we can provide NLN PAX-PN tests, Pre-NCLEX Readiness Tests, Certified Nurse Educator Examinations, and other tests upon request.

Are special testing accommodations granted for individuals with disabilities?

Yes, please visit the NLN website for information about special testing accommodations and contact our campus Disability Services.

Can I repeat the NLN PAX-RN exam?

A minimum of six months is typically required prior to repeating the exam.

Does the BCTC bookstore carry study material?

Yes, the Leestown campus bookstore carries the NLN recommended book:

Review Guide RN Pre-Entrance Exam
by Mary McDonald,
ISBN #9780763762711.

Call (859) 246-6633 to verify availability or for directions to the bookstore.

How do I contact NLN for information about test products or services such as study materials or score report information?

How do I register to take the PAX-RN?

You can schedule an appointment to take the NLN PAX-RN exam by choosing the "Schedule an Exam" button here and selecting the "National League for Nursing (NLN) Group". You must schedule your exam at least 7 days in advance.

If you have questions about scheduling an exam, please call the Testing Center at 859-246-6669.

How long are my test scores good for selected admissions?

There currently is no time limitation. Copies of the results are only available for 3 years.

How much does the exam cost and are refunds given?

The NLN-PAX-RN costs $65. No refunds will be given.

Up to 72 hours before the exam you can reschedule online here.

What is the NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX)?

The National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (NLN PAX) for registered nursing programs "PAX-RN" is a 3-hour standardized entrance exam for potential nursing students who seek admittance into nursing schools nationwide. The NLN PAX-RN comprises of three main areas: Verbal skills, which consists of both word knowledge and reading comprehension; Mathematics, which includes basic calculations, word problems, and incorporates algebra, geometry, conversions, graphs, and applied mathematics; and Science, which examines general biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.

What makes my NLN score report "official"?

For students that take the NLN exam at one of BCTC's testing centers, our staff will provide you will an "official" copy of your NLN scores. This document is considered "official" when it is embossed or stamped by the testing center.

For students that take the NLN at a testing site other than BCTC, it is likely that the testing center will not provide you with a stamped document. As a result, you will need to order a "duplicate score report" from the NLN testing services. Please print the email you receive from NLN with your complete packet.

What score is considered for selected admissions?

Each college sets its own admission standards. The NLN is not involved in this process, nor does the NLN establish a "passing" or "failing" mark on the test. Test results show how your scores compare with those of other applicants who have taken this examination. In making admission decisions, however, schools consider factors other than test results. Contact Cooper Campus nursing advisors to inquire about our admission requirements.

When and where is the PAX-RN offered?

Available test dates are listed on the registration site. The NLN Exam is available at a variety of locations including Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way, CCD Assessment Center, North Building, Room 110, unless otherwise noted.

Where can I find other information about the nursing program, including all requirements for admissions to the program?

The Registered Nursing Program's web site is:

Where can I obtain a copy of my scores?

You may obtain one free copy of your scores immediately following testing at the Leestown campus. Additional copies may be available for up to three years with correct identifying information. There is a fee of $8 per copy, and you should allow a week for receipt of the scores. The Leestown campus only has access to tests that they administer and NLN does not keep scores indefinitely. If you took your test elsewhere, then you should contact that agency or NLN Customer Service.

Who receives the test scores?

Test reports are typically given to you prior to leaving the Assessment Center on Leestown Campus. It is your responsibility to provide a copy of the results with your application packet to BCTC s nursing program selected admissions staff (effective September 1, 2009). If you are applying at non-BCTC locations, please provide a stamped/addressed envelope on the day of the test, if we need to forward the results. Many locations will accept results directly from you. Please check with each college s admission requirements prior to testing. Keep a copy for your records.