Nursing Pre Admission Exam (PAX)

On-Campus PAX Examinations 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 Pre-Admission Examination (PAX) is a standardized entrance exam 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

Testing Dates: Testing is available throughout the year, both in person at the Testing Center and via remote proctoring through the National League for Nursing

Exam Cost: The cost of the exam by itself is $40. If the student completes the exam via remote proctoring, there is an additional $40 fee for remote proctoring of the exam. This brings the total cost of the exam to $80.

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 available through nlntest.org.

PAX Testing Options

On-Campus PAX Examinations 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 allows students to utilize remote proctoring to complete the PAX exam.

Cost: The cost of the exam itself is $40. There is an additional $40 fee for remote proctoring of the exam. This brings the total to $80.

Payment Options: Visa / Mastercard / PayPal / Wire Transfer

Guide: We advise all applicants to utilize the Student Guide for NLN Testing with Examity while completing the setup steps below. The Guide lists all system requirements, specific instructions to complete each step (with screenshots), testing rules and requirements, day-of-testing tips, and additional online resources.

Follow the steps below to get set up for your remote proctored PAX exam:

  1. Review the Student Guide and documentation provided by the College:
  2. Create an account through Shoreline's NLN Registration Portal
    • When creating a student account, there is a field called "Details." This field allows examinees to enter a unique identifier for export to the student management system.
  3. After creating an account, login with your credentials to nlntest.org
  4. To purchase the exam, select 'Buy Exam.' Click on SKU Contains and type 'E-PAX'.
  5. Schedule the exam
    • Please note that appointments are 24/7 but there is no guarantee for a specific date or time.
  6. Complete the exam on your scheduled date and time.

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: ADA considerations are managed by the school. Please email Dannica Totten at dtotten@shoreline.edu for more information.