The PAX RN exam is one of the most challenging and comprehensive examinations available for those seeking entry into a registered nursing program. The exam has three main areas: verbal skills, mathematics, and science.
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In the verbal skills section of the exam, there are multiple-choice questions related to vocabulary and reading comprehension. The vocabulary and subject matter of these sections do not necessarily relate to nursing.
The mathematics section of the PAX RN exam features questions on basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, conversions, graphs, applied mathematics, and word problems. Although these questions may or may not relate to nursing, they represent the kinds of problems that a nurse is most likely to encounter.
Finally, in the science section of the exam, there are questions related to biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. As with the other sections of the PAX RN exam, the questions in the science section are multiple-choice, with four possible answers.
You will have one hour to complete each of the three sections.
Some of the questions on the examination are experimental, meaning that they do not count toward your score, but instead are used to develop future versions of the exam.
Most registered nursing programs require that candidates score in at least the 50th percentile.
The PAX RN exam was developed by the National League for Nursing. Taking numerous PAX RN practice tests is recommended for test day success.
PAX RN Practice Tests
- PAX-RN Math Practice Questions
- PAX-RN Science Practice Questions
- PAX-RN Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions