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The Associate Degree in Nursing program requires applicants to demonstrate their competency in math, reading, language and science on the National League of Nursing (NLN) Pre-Admission Exam (PAX) given at the IRSC Main Campus. The result of this testing is a component of the selective admissions process. IRSC provides assistance in preparing for this examination. Books and study packets are available for purchase in the campus and area bookstores.

Free tutoring sessions are available for the NLN pre-entrance exam. (Registration is not required). The schedule for tutoring is found on the RN website at www.irsc.edu.

The National League of Nursing (NLN), provides the following information about the testing content of the Pre-Admission exam:

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    Verbal Ability Test - consists of word knowledge and reading comprehension sections. The word knowledge section asks examinees to recognize the meaning of a word as it is used in a sentence by choosing the answer that best completes a statement. The reading comprehension section of the test is composed of passages of a scientific or general nature with associated questions.

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    Mathematics Test - measures examinees' skills in basic arithmetic calculations as well as elementary algebraic and geometric concepts. Both straight computational and word problems are included.

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    Science Test - evaluates knowledge of high school-level general science, chemistry, biology and physics, with particular emphasis on those areas most applicable to the nursing curriculum.

The length of the examination is approximately three to three and one-half hours with no break. Picture ID and receipt of payment of test fees are required for admission to test. Exam results are valid for one year and may only be taken once every six months. Scores will not be valid if taken before six months waiting period. Students that take the exam on September 6, 2013, must wait to take the exam again after September 5, 2015.



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