Registered Nurse - Associate of Applied Science

Pre-Entrance Testing

Kaplan’s Admission Test is a tool used to determine if students have the academic skills necessary to perform effectively in a school of nursing. The multiple-choice test evaluates the basic reading, math, writing and science skills of students seeking entry into a nursing program leading to NCLEX licensure.

Danville Community College’s Pre-Licensure Nursing Program admission test recommended benchmark is the 50th percentile in each section as well as the overall without going under 50th percentile for each section.  All scores must be on file with the Department of Nursing by the designated deadline date to be considered with your application packet.

We suggest the following preparatory text-(available at local bookstores or through Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams: Your complete Guide to Getting into Nursing School ( Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam) by Kaplan

     Please note the text is for all nursing entrance exams and includes  

     more information than is on this specific Admissions test.

                                Outline of the Admission Test

 The Admission Test consists of 4 sections with a total of 91 questions. The total testing time is up to 165 minutes.


The reading section contains 22 questions, allotted time - 45 minutes. Candidates read four passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for reading:

  • Determining the logic of a passage Comprehending details

  • Drawing basic inferences

  • Identifying the purpose of a passage


The math section contains 28 questions, allotted time - 45 minutes. The test measures the candidate’s ability to apply mathematical principles in the following areas:

  • Conversions

  • Operations

  • Ratios

  • Word problems


The writing section contains 21 questions, allotted time - 45 minutes. Candidates read nine passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for writing:

  • Assessing paragraph logic

  • Assessing passage development

  • Assessing mechanics of writing


The science section contains 20 questions, allotted time – 30 minutes. The test measures the candidate’s knowledge of physiology in the following areas:

  • Cardiovascular system

  • Electrolytes

  • Gastrointestinal system

  • Immune system

  • Neurology

  • Renal system

  • Hematological system

  • Homeostasis

  • Respiratory system

  • Sensory system


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