Free PAX-PN Practice Test

The PAX-PN exam is a challenging and comprehensive pre-admission examination for those looking to enter a registered nursing program. The content of the exam is divided into three main areas: verbal skills, mathematics, and science. Each of these areas is the focus of a one-hour section of the exam.

The verbal skills section of the PAX-PN exam covers vocabulary and reading comprehension. The vocabulary and subject matter used in this section may not be related to nursing. The vocabulary questions ask you to identify synonyms and antonyms and to define words in context. The reading comprehension questions ask you to perform tasks like finding a main idea of a text, inferring facts from context, and evaluating an author's argument. In the mathematics section of the PAX-PN exam, you must solve problems related to basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, conversions, graphs, applied mathematics, and word problems. As with the verbal skills section, the issues addressed in the mathematics section may not pertain directly to nursing or healthcare. The science section of the exam, meanwhile, includes questions on biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. There may also be some questions related to health and first aid. These questions may ask you to give information or to solve problems.

The PAX-PN exam was developed by the National League for Nursing.

PAX-PN Practice Questions


1. The agent of the government was choleric.
Choleric means:

A: easily provoked
B: undercover
C: cooperative
D: late

2. Some members of the organization broke away and created a grass roots caucus.
Caucus means:

A: group with political aims
B: environmental group
C: management organization
D: religious movement

3. The circumstances were open to conjecture.
Conjecture means:

A: discussion
B: guessing
C: argument
D: public


4. Round to the nearest 2 decimal places, 9.42/3.47 =

A: 2.63
B: 2.71
C: 2.81
D: 2.94

5. The standard ratio of (number of treatments) and (total mL dose) is 3.5 to 2 mL. If only 2 treatments are given, how many total mL doses are given?

A: 1.58 mL
B: 2.34 mL
C: 1.14 mL
D: 2.58 mL

6. If a=4 and b=5, then a (a2+b)=

A: 52
B: 84
C: 62
D: 64


7. Auditory impulses are interpreted in the ______ lobes.

A: frontal
B: parietal
C: temporal
D: occipital

8. Which of the following elements are not halogens?

A: Chlorine
B: Bromide
C: Iodine
D: Cesium

9. The horizontal rows of the periodic table are called ______.

A: periods
B: columns
C: rows
D: families

Answers and Explanations


1. A: Choleric means easily provoked. Synonyms include hot-tempered, irate, irritable, angry, etc. In ancient Greek civilization, Hippocrates and other physicians subscribed to the theory that the body contained four essential substances they called humors: blood, phlegm (mucus), yellow bile, and black bile, which should be balanced. The physician Galen named four temperaments resulting from unbalanced dominance of one humor: sanguine with blood, phlegmatic with mucus, melancholic with yellow bile, and choleric with black bile. This is the origin of the word and its meaning.

2. A: A caucus is a group with political aims. For example, the National Women's Political Caucus, the National Black Caucus, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, the Tea Party Caucus, etc. The origin of this word is unknown. It can mean a closed group meeting of members of a political party or faction to make policy decisions or choose candidates, or a group promoting a cause. There are no other meanings.

3. B: Conjecture means guessing or speculation. Synonyms include supposition, inference, and surmise. The Latin conjectura is the past participle of the verb conicere, meaning literally to throw together. The English word is a noun. It has no alternate meanings.


4. B: 9.42 x 3.47 gives a quotient of 2.714697 followed by many more digits before reaching an even division. Since the third decimal place has a 4, you do not round the second decimal place up because only half of 10 or more, i.e., > 5, will round up the next decimal place. Since 4 < 5, the 1 is left as is, yielding 2.71.

5. C: The standard ratio given is 3.5 treatments : 2 milliliters. To find out how many milliliters are in one dose, 2 x 3.5 = 0.57 of a milliliter. If only two doses are given, multiply 0.57 ml * 2 = 1.14 total milliliters given.

6. B: If a = 4, then a2 = 16. The square of a number is that number multiplied by itself. You always perform the operation in parentheses first. So a2 + b = 16 + 5 = 21. Multiply 21 by 4 (the value of a). 21 * 4 = 84.


7. C: Auditory impulses, meaning sounds received through the ears, are interpreted in the brain's temporal lobes. Acoustic impulses travel through the external ear canal, are amplified and transmitted by the middle ear mechanism, converted into electrical energy in the inner ear's cochlea, and sent via the auditory nerve to the primary auditory cortex in the temporal lobe for analysis.

8. D: Halogens are nonmetallic chemical elements. There are five halogens: fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine. At room temperature, iodine and astatine are solids, bromine is a liquid, and fluorine and chlorine are gases. Cesium is not a halogen; it is a metal element.

9. A: In the periodic table of the chemical elements, the numbers of the periods 1, 2, 3, and so forth, are listed vertically in a column on the left, and each period runs horizontally across the table. The groups 1, 2, 3, et cetera, are listed horizontally, and each group runs vertically down the table.

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