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.
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Exam cost is $40 and is subject to change.
What are the content areas for the exam?
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 SamplasB@matc.edu 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
- Open Lab
Spring 2019 Informational and study session schedule
Tuesday, April 23rd @ 9 am, 1 pm or 2:30 pm
Wednesday, April 24th @ 1 pm or 2:30 pm
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
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
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