This exam is a requirement for admission into the Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing programs

NEW FALL 2019 Exam Dates

May and August exam dates qualify for the August petition window for programs starting in (SPRING) January 2020.

Friday, April 26th @ 9:00 am (qualifies for starting RN program in FALL August 2019. PN students can take the exam, but will apply to next open petition application window in August 2019 for January 2020.

Friday, May 31st @ 1:30 pm ( a few seats remain as of 4/17/19)

Monday, August 5th @ 9:00 am

Wednesday, August 7th @ 9:00 am

Friday, August 9th @ 9:00 am

Tuesday, August 13th @ 1:30 pm

Thursday, August 15th @ 1:30 pm

Monday, August 19th @ 9:00 am

Wednesday, August 21st @ 9:00 am

Friday, August 23rd @ 9:00 am

Where is the testing location?

Milwaukee Area Technical College Downtown Campus

700 West Highland Ave (H Building), Room H126

How do I register, pay and schedule my exam?

Create a new NLN account at this LINK, follow instructions and search under Exam Sessions to register and purchase.

*If retaking the exam, you do not have to register for another account. Login and search Exam Sessions to register and purchase.

Optional: Watch How to Video:

Exam cost is $40 and is subject to change.

What are the content areas for the exam?

The three content areas are Verbal, Math and Science. You are allotted 40 minutes per content area to complete. Two hours total. Please CLICK HERE for exam details

What is required to be successful?

You need a minimum composite score of 100 in order to qualify for petitioning. The desired target score is 130. Exam scores are available 4 hours after completion in the "Report" section of your NLN account. Scores are automatically sent to MATC and saved in the system and can be used for later petition windows.

Do you have NLN study resources?

We highly recommend attending our in-person MATC NLN informational/study sessions and purchasing the NLN's Online PAX Prep (study materials & practice exams) which are up to date with the latest NLN exam format. See below.

You can purchase individual modules that include study materials (Verbal, Math, Science) for $19.00 each.

Access is limited to 60 days. Link to NLN website

MATC's NLN information and study sessions

Yes, NLN Success Focus Groups & Open lab hours are posted for Spring 2019

Location: 1311 North 6th Street (HEC Building) Room 137. The corner of McKinley and 6th street.

Register for Sessions by contacting Beverly Samplaski at Include your name and requested Sessions (One and/or Two) in your email.

Sessions are one hour and include:

Session One covers:

  • Overview of the exam
  • Developing a study plan
  • Exam Modules

Session Two covers:

  • Strategic Testing
  • Follow-up
  • Open Lab

Spring 2019 Informational and study session schedule

Session One

Tuesday, April 23rd @ 9 am, 1 pm or 2:30 pm

Wednesday, April 24th @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm

Session Two:

Monday, April 29th @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm ~ Open lab: 12:30 pm - 4 pm

Tuesday, April 30th @ 9 am, 1 pm or 2:30 pm ~ Open lab: 8:30 am - 12 pm; 1 pm - 4 pm

Wednesday, May 1st @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm ~ Open lab: 12:30 pm - 4 pm

Session One

Monday, May 6th @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm

Tuesday, May 7th @ 9 am, 1 pm or 2:30 pm

Wednesday, May 8th @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm

Session Two:

Monday, May 13th @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm ~ Open lab: 12:30 pm - 4 pm

Tuesday, May 14th @ 9 am, 1 pm or 2:30 pm ~ Open lab: 8:30 am - 12 pm; 1 pm - 4 pm

Wednesday, May 15th @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm ~ Open lab: 12:30 pm - 4 pm

MATC Library Resources

Supplemental resources can be found through MATC's library.

Tutoring Services (available to current MATC students)

Do you offer Student Accommodations for the exam?

Special testing accommodations for students who have a documented disability are available through Student Accommodation Services.

To apply for accommodations and to make an appointment for testing with accommodations, you must call or email Heather Lorbiecki (414-297-6962, 414-297-6750, or at least 2 weeks before the exam date.

Follow below procedure:

■ Register for the exam date or set up an account with NLN

■ Call or email to set up an appointment to complete the NLN Accommodation Application 

■ Complete a Test Accommodation Request Form and submit Documentation of Disability (if it is not already on file) to Student Accommodation Services

■ Provide a copy of the paid receipt for testing to Student Accommodation Services

■ On day of scheduled test, arrive at S215 at 8:30 am with picture ID. Test will begin at 9:00 am.

What do I bring the day of the exam?

Come to the exam location at the

Milwaukee Downtown Campus, 700 West Highland Ave (H Building), Room H126

Please retrieve your NLN username and password and bring a photo ID and a copy of your NLN exam purchase receipt (either paper or phone email) and provide your MATC student ID# for check in

Only calculators are allowed during the exam. If a short restroom break is permitted during the exam, students cannot bring any items during breaks and are not permitted to leave the building. No cell phones can be used during the exam. Students can bring a covered beverage.

You are allotted two hours (40 minutes per section) for the exam and can leave when finished

What if I need to retake the exam?

The retake policy is 90 days to ensure that you remediate and make the necessary changes to become successful. Students are allowed three lifetime retakes and must pay for each attempt. The highest score is kept. You might be contacted by an Education Specialist from MATC for remediation assistance.

Are you submitting your NLN score from another college?

Scores must be *sent by the NLN

Please have vendors submit scores/transcripts to Please contact us to make sure we have your transcripts and provide us with your date of birth or MATC Student ID# There is a fee for the service if they find your results. The fee is waived if you took the exam at MATC. If you paid once for the report you can resend with no additional cost.

*Students have the option of coming to the H126 in person and logging into their NLN account and presenting their score report. Email to set up time.

Refunds and Rescheduling

All transactions are made with the NLN. The National League for Nursing (PAX NLN) will only reschedule an exam 14 days prior to the exam date. There is a $25 rescheduling fee. No refunds available.

The NLN contact is or 1-800-732-8656.

How often do you offer Exams?

The majority of the exams are given on multiple dates in January and August during the program petition windows. An exam might be offered prior to winter and summer break or if a petition window is extended.

January exam dates are posted in mid October and August exam dates are posted in mid March.

When should I take my Exam?

We suggest that students allow at least 3 months to prepare for their exam. Ideally, prerequisite courses should be completed or you are entering the the final semester of prerequisites.

How is the Exam weighed in the Petitioning Process?

The exam is one requirement in the petition review process. For more details on the Petition Process, please see the Petition Office link.

Are there any other tips to help me study and prepare for an exam?

Preparing to be a successful learner and exam taker is more than just studying content.

Having good strategies and caring for the mind and body are equally important.

How is the Exam weighed in the Petitioning Process?

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