Limited Enrollment

NLN Entrance Exam


IMPORTANT: Test-takers that have not had their scores received by Harper College, please complete this form. After completing the form, score reports can take up to 2 business days to be received by Harper. 

The NLN Entrance Exam is available for Harper College students only. The NLN exam is used for entrance in the Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing Certificate, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Radiologic Technology programs. It is the student's responsibility to adhere to the NLN practices which may change from year to year. 

The NLN exam is a computer-based exam that contains three sections: verbal ability, mathematics and science. The testing session lasts approximately two hours. Each section of the test is timed.

  • The verbal ability section assesses word knowledge, reading comprehension, and critical thinking.
  • The math section measures mathematical problem solving which will include integers, conversions, fractions, decimals, algebra and geometry.
  • The science section tests knowledge in general biology, human anatomy and physiology, chemistry and physics. 

NLN Pre-Entrance Exam Preparation Course

This course will prepare you for the NLN pre-entrance exam. For scheduling information and registration, click the following link.

Beginning May 4, 2020 the NLN exam will be administered remotely. Remote testing means testing at a distance or "testing from home." In other words, during this period that Harper College's learning environment is online, test-takers will not be required to come to campus in order to take the NLN exam. 

When testing from home, test-takers will be remotely proctored, 1-on-1 through a webcam by a professional Examity test proctor. This proctor will monitor the test-taker during the entire length of the exam to make sure that the exam is being taken in a secure fashion. Students will need to have access to: 

  • Desktop or laptop computer (Chromebooks, tablets and smart phones are NOT compatible)
  • Webcam (internal or external webcams are both acceptable)
  • Stable internet connection
  • A private, uninterrupted testing space that will be shown to the proctor on exam day

Registration: Exam registration and payment occurs directly through the NLN website. For a comprehensive, step-by-step guide of the registration process from account creation all the way to exam day, and everything in between, please refer to this NLN registration guide

New Users: Select the "Create new account" tab found directly to the left of "Log in".

PLEASE NOTE: Both individuals that are brand-new, first-time NLN test-takers AND anyone that has taken the NLN prior to August 26, 2020 needs to create a new NLN account. 

Cost: All Harper College Limited Enrollment applicants will select/register for the E-PAX exam (if you receive approved test accommodations, please refer to the "NLN Testing with Accommodations" section below before selecting your exam). The total cost of the PAX-STD exam for the test-taker is a non-refundable $80 paid at the time of registration. This fee includes the cost of the exam itself as well as the remote, one-on-one proctoring fee.  

Scheduling: After purchasing the exam, you will select a date and time to test. Examity's proctoring provides the flexibility to test any time of day, any day of the week. 

Test-takers with test accommodations must have their accommodations plan approved by the Harper College Access & Disability Services office PRIOR to registering/paying for the NLN exam.

To schedule a review of your test accommodations plan, please email ADS at 

After receiving approval, you will to register for/purchase the E-PAX ACC exam. The PAX-EXT exam has the necessary extended time "built-in" to the test. 

For technical assistance or for other inquiries such as rescheduling your exam, email



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