Entrance Exam Info

Thank you for your interest in furthering your education with Presentation College! As one of the requirements for our Nursing program, we require a passing score on either the PAX or the TEAS test within the past year. Below, you will find information on each test as well as instructions on how to register, exam tips, and more.

(If you already have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in another area, you may be eligible to have your exam requirement waived. Please contact your Admission Counselor for more information.)

Note that you can only take either exam (not both) a total of two (2) times in one (1) year.

PAX Exam Information

The National League for Nursing Pre –Admission Examination (NLN PAX) is a standardized entrance exam for potential nursing students who seek admittance into nursing schools nationwide.

The NLN PAX comprises 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, and graphs; and science, which examines general biology, chemistry, physics, health, human anatomy, and human physiology.

Each section consists of all multiple-choice questions. In order to earn the best possible score, test takers will need to answer all test questions presented in each section of the PAX.

The PAX is a multiple choice test on the computer, and must be supervised by a proctor. Please contact your Admissions Counselor to set up this test.

The PAX has three sections:

  • Verbal (40 minutes and 60 questions): Word knowledge and reading comprehension
  • Math (40 minutes and 40 questions): Basic calculations, word problems, Algebra, Geometry, conversions and graphs.
  • Science (40 minutes and 60 questions): General Biology, Chemistry Physics, Health, Human Anatomy and Physiology

Presentation College requires a score of 102 or better, and must be taken within the past year of your application for admission to the program. You are only able to take the PAX twice in one year.

Choosing the PAX

If you decide to take the PAX for your nursing entrance exam, here are your next steps:

This account will provide you with study materials, testing dates, and more test information. This account is also where you login once you take the test.

Step 1: Choose your testing site with an approved proctor. Please click on your state to see available proctors in your area.

Step 2: Choose your testing date and time. PAX exams will be administered on a weekly basis ONLY on these days/times: Tuesdays at 1pm & Fridays at 10am.

Step 3: Contact the testing center/proctor you chose to ensure they are available during the testing time. Remember that there may be separate testing center fees depending on the location. You are responsible for these fees and this is separate from the exam fee.

Step 4: Provide your selected testing center/proctor with the Presentation College Pre-Admission PAX Exam Proctoring Instructions. Your proctor will need this for the day of the exam. Pax Proctoring Instructions

Step 5: Register for the test! Login to your PAX-NLN portal and select “Exam Sessions”. Choose the test that corresponds with the date you have selected. You will register and pay for the test.

Step 6: Study and prepare for the exam! For more information about the NLN study guides, click here. PAX PREP

Step 7: On the day of the test, bring your current photo ID (driver’s license, state ID or military ID). Students may NOT use their own calculator. The testing center will supply you with a calculator if you ask.

Step 8: Results will be available to Presentation College within 24 hours, and the Admissions Office will process the exam score.

TEAS Exam Information

The ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is designed specifically to assess a student’s readiness for choosing a career in the health science fields. Studies show a consistent link between a student’s performance on the TEAS and future academic success.

The TEAS test is comprised of 170 questions set up in a multiple-choice format with four-option answers. Questions are designed to test the basic academic skills you will need to perform in class.

The TEAS has four sections:

  • Reading (64 minutes and 53 questions): Key ideas, craft and structure, integration of knowledge.
  • Math (54 minutes and 36 questions): Numbers and algebra, measurements and data.
  • Science (63 minutes and 53 questions): Human anatomy and physiology, life and physical sciences, scientific reasoning.
  • English and Language (28 minutes and 28 questions): Conventions, knowledge of language and vocabulary.

Presentation College requires a score of proficient or greater, and must be taken within the past year of your application for admission to the program. You are only able to take the TEAS twice in one year.

Choosing the TEAS

If you decide to take the TEAS for your nursing entrance exam, here are your next steps:

  • Create an account on the ATI-TEAS website https://atitesting.com/teas
  • You must request that your scores are sent to Presentation College

The ATI website has study materials and test prep available for purchase.

You can take the TEAS on campus at Presentation College at either the Aberdeen, SD campus or the Fairmont, MN campus. Please contact your Admissions Counselor and they can help you schedule the test at PC.

If you are unable to test at PC, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Use this ATI-TEAS test locator to find an approved testing center near you. Contact the testing center/proctor you chose to set up the day and time. Remember that there may be separate testing center fees depending on the location. You are responsible for these fees and this is separate from the exam fee.

Step 2: Study and prepare for the exam!

Step 3: On the day of the test, bring your current photo ID (driver’s license, state ID or military ID). Students may NOT use their own calculator. The testing center will supply you with your calculator if you ask.

Step 4: Make sure you choose to send your exam results to Presentation College.

Step 5: Results will be available to Presentation College within 24 hours, and the Admissions Office will process the exam score.

Note that if you have previously taken the TEAS exam in the last year, you can contact ATI and have your exam scores sent to us. Log in to your ATI account, and on the top of the page select “online store”. In the top row of products, the middle box will say “TEAS Transcripts”. Add the transcripts to your cart and check out (it costs $27). During the checkout process you will be able to select Presentation College, and they will send the scores to us within two hours.

Exam Day Tips

Get a good night’s sleep the night before, eat a good breakfast, and try not to stress too much.

Pay attention to the time during the test and pace yourself.

Use any extra time to review your work.

Very often your first answer is likely to be correct.

There is no penalty for choosing the incorrect answer, so try to answer every question. Use the process of elimination to weed out incorrect answers.

Answer the hard questions first. The tests are timed, so don’t get stuck on one question. Skip it and come back, and/or take your best educated guess.

Study and practice ahead of the test to be the most prepared you can be.

You may not bring your own calculator; one will be provided at the proctor site.