PAX NLN

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

NEW SPRING 2019 Exam Dates!

All exam dates are subject to availability. December and January dates for Spring petition window to qualify for Fall 2019 program start date. Exam scores can also qualify for later petition windows.

Friday, November 30th @ 9:00 AM (Sold Out)

*Friday, November 30th @ 1:30 PM (Sold Out)

Friday, December 14th @ 9:00 AM

Monday, January 7th @ 1:30 PM

Wednesday, January 9th @ 1:30 PM

Friday, January 11th @ 9:00 AM

Tuesday, January 15th @ 9:00 AM

Thursday, January 17th @ 9:00 AM

Tuesday, January 22nd @ 9:00 AM

Thursday, January 24th @ 9:00 AM

*November 30th exam MIGHT qualify for the January 2019 program start date. 16 week classes begin Tuesday January 22nd

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.

Does the PAX NLN have study resources?

We highly recommend the NLN online study materials and practice exams which are current with their latest format. You can purchase individual modules that include study materials (Verbal, Math, Science) for $19.00 each. Access is limited to 60 days.

Additional Resources:

Pocket Prep App (Phone app)

(Mometrix: Subjects areas are the same, but based on the older PAX format)

Does MATC offer any informational or study sessions for the exam?

NLN Success Focus Groups & Open lab hours for October & November & December 2018

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

Sessions are one hour and include:

  • Overview of the exam
  • Developing a study plan
  • Exam Modules
  • Follow-up

Register for Sessions by contacting Beverly Samplaski at SamplasB@matc.edu

Include your name and requested Sessions (One and Two) in your email.

October Session One

  • Monday, October 15th @ 1:00 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 16th @ 9:00 am, 1:00 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 17th @ 1:00 or 2:30

October Session Two

  • Monday, Oct. 22nd @ 1:00 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23rd @ 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, or 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24th @ 1:00 pm or 2:30 pm

November Session One

  • Monday,November 5 @ 1:00 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 6 @ 9:00 am or 2:30 pm.
  • Wednesday, November 7 @ 1:00 pm, or 2:30 pm

November Session Two

  • Monday, November 12 @ 1:00 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 13 @ 9:00 am, 1:00 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 14 @ 1:00 pm or 2:30 pm

Late November Session One

  • Monday, November 26 @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 27 @9 am, 1 pm, or 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 28 @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm

Early December Session Two

  • Monday, December 3 @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 4 @ 9 am, 1 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 5 @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm

Late December Session One

  • Monday, Dec. 10 @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11 @ 9 am, 1 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12 @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm

Late December Session Two

  • Monday, Dec. 17 @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18 @ 9 am, 1 pm or 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19 @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm

We also have Open Lab Hours to prepare for the NLN exam

  • Monday, November 12 from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 13 from 8:30 am to noon
  • Wednesday, November 14 from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Monday, December 3 from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 4 from 8:30 am to noon
  • Wednesday, December 5 from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 17 from 12:30 pm - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 8:30 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 12:30 pm - 4 pm

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 Lorbiech@matc.edu) 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.

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 Rutkowsk@matc.edu. Please contact us to make sure we have your transcripts and provide us with your date of birth or MATC Student ID#

*Students have the option of coming to the H126 in person and logging into their NLN account and presenting their score report. Email Rutkowsk@matc.edu 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 CustHelp@NLN.org or 1-800-732-8656.

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