How to Pass the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam

Instructor: Jessica Munk
Many schools require you to pass the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam as part of your admission requirements for nursing school. Below, read about resources that will help you pass this exam. Learn about what material will be tested, where to find online resources to help you study this material and where to find practice tests and study guides.

Tips for Passing Kaplan's Nursing Entrance Exam

Know What Will Be On the Exam

Knowing what's on the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam is probably the most important step to passing the exam. There are 91 questions on the exam, which are divided into four sections. Below is a quick reference table breaking down each section of the exam:

SectionNumber of QuestionsTime Limit
Reading Comprehension2245 minutes
Science2030 minutes
Math2845 minutes
Writing2145 minutes

Study the Exam Material

You will be tested on a number of topics and skills in each of the four sections. Below you will find some examples of those topics and skills for each section, some of which include links to resources. You can use these video lessons to refresh your knowledge on exam topics from anywhere that you have an Internet connection. You can also take quizzes online to practice your test-taking efficiency.

SectionTopics and Skills
Reading ComprehensionIdentifying purpose, understanding details, logic and inferences, contextual vocabulary
ScienceImmune system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, neurology, homeostasis, gastrointestinal system
MathWord problems, operations, ratios, fractions and decimals
WritingSyntax, proper punctuation and writing mechanics, sentence structure, paragraph logic

Get the Study Guide

You can purchase the Kaplan study guide in paperback or electronic format. While this study guide is designed to cover a variety of nursing exams, including the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam, you can use this resource to refresh your math and science knowledge, as well as practice your reading comprehension and writing skills.

The study guide also contains a self-assessment and practice tests. You can use the guide's explanation of answers to study as well. You may also find the guide's math formulas and general test-taking tips helpful.

Take a Prep Course

Kaplan also offers a prep course that you can take online at your own pace. Like the study guide, this course is designed for a number of nursing programs, but you can use it to prepare for the questions on the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam. This course features video lectures, practice questions and exams, and allows you to create your own study outline.

Use Flashcards

Flashcards can be a good tool to help you pass the nursing entrance exam. You can make your own index cards or use an online program to make your flashcards. You can also search online for flashcards for the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam that other users have already created.

Check Out School Resources

You may be able to find assistance with exam prep from the nursing program to which you are applying. For instance, the school you seek to attend may have an on-campus academic support center that can help you with general exam skills.

Find Sample Questions Online

While not widely available, you can find some sample questions online. These free resources may not provide detailed answer analyses, but they can give you a sense of what the exam questions will be like. You can find sample questions in math and science. You can also work on your writing skills and practice reading paragraphs to obtain specific information.

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