Nursing Pre Admission Exam (PAX)

On-Campus Proctored PAX Examinations Temporarily Unavailable

There will be no on-campus proctoring through the Testing Center until further notice. Online/remote proctored PAX exams are available through the National League for Nursing. Learn more below.

The PAX exam is for nursing applicants to Shoreline Community College.

Application Deadlines: All application materials, including PAX exam results, must be submitted by the deadline for the quarter in which you are applying. Scores that are received after these dates will be considered for the next application period.

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Quarter Entering Application Period
Fall January 15 to April 3
Winter August 15 to October 5
Spring November 15 to January 10

Current Testing Dates: Testing is available throughout the year, both in person at the Testing Center and via remote proctoring through the NLN Testing Services website

Exam Cost: $40

Test Length: Two hours

Format: Three sections, each 40 minutes in length - verbal, math, and science.

Study Guide: PAX Study Guide There are also study guides when you log into your NLN account underneath the store tab

PAX Testing Options

On-Campus Proctored PAX Examinations Temporarily Unavailable

There will be no on-campus proctoring through the Testing Center until further notice. Online/remote proctored PAX exams are available through the National League for Nursing. Learn more below.

Location: Shoreline Community College Testing Center, FOSS (5000) Building, Room 5100

Test Registration: Register for testing dates using the PAX Registration Guide

In-Person Testing: A basic hand held calculator is provided at the beginning of the exam, along with scratch paper and pencils.

The National League for Nursing Examination Portal allows students to utilize remote proctoring to complete the PAX exam.

Cost: The cost of the exam itself remains the same at $40, however, there is an additional $35 fee for remote proctoring of the exam. This brings the total to $75.

Guide: Please utilize the Student Guide to Remote Proctor Testing for PAXwhich has all system requirements, directions to complete the steps below with screenshots, information regarding user agreements, and a Frequently Asked Questions section.

Set Up Steps:

  1. Create an account at www.nlntest.org
  2. Set up your password
  3. Log in to the site again
  4. Click "Buy Exam"
  5. Select the PAX STD
  6. Pay with a credit card (The total cost for the exam and the proctoring is $75.00)
  7. Click on "My Assessments"
  8. Schedule your proctoring appointment

If you have additional questions regarding this process, please reach out to NLN Student Support.

Additional Information

Once you have taken your exam, your scores will be available to view in your National League for Nursing account within four hours.

Retake Policy: Students may take the test twice per application period. When checking your score, look at the RN score. You want to be in the 50th percentile average for all three subjects combined with a minimum composite score of 103. Scores are good within one year of the first day of the application period.

Scores from other schools: Shoreline Community College’s Nursing Program will accept PAX test scores from other accredited nursing schools. For questions, please contact the Nursing Program at 206-533-6778 or by emailing Sharon Lowenborg at slowenborg@shoreline.edu.

Testing Accommodations: Found on the main NLN web page after you have created your account.