Nursing Pre Admission Exam (PAX)

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


Current Testing Dates: Testing is available throughout the year.

Fee: $40

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

Test length:  Two hours

Format:  Three sections, each 40 minutes in length - verbal, math, and science. A basic hand held calculator is provided along with scratch paper and pencils.  Once you finish your exam, scores will be available in four hours.  Log into your National League for Nursing account to check. 

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.

Useful Information:  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 email:

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

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