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How to Prepare for the Nursing School Entrance Exams
Getting into nursing school can be a competitive process. In addition to high grades, work experience, volunteer experience, and a successful interview, applicants must take a nursing school entrance exam when applying to any accredited nursing program. If you are interested in attending nursing school, you must learn how to prepare for the nursing school entrance exams since these tests are a crucial part of the application.
Part One of Three:
Preparing for the Exam Edit
Identify which exam you need to take. In order to study for a nursing school entrance exam, you need to know which test you will be taking. The most common nursing school entrance exams are:  
- National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam (NLN PAX)
- Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
- Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET)
Know the nuances of that exam. Nursing school entrance exams are different. Knowing the parameters of each test will allow you to focus on specific areas while studying. For example, the HOBET exam gauges your social skills and ability to cope with stress while the TEAS test is simply gauging your basic math, reading and science skills. 
Acquire the necessary materials and support. You can purchase study materials from any reputable bookstore or online resource. Ask the academic advisor at your prospective school for any recommendations for study guides. Use these materials to make flash cards and notes and absorb as much about the test material as possible. Also, you can form study groups if you know other people who are preparing for the same test. 
Study as much as possible before the exam. Nursing school entrance exams are content driven, which means that they will test what you already know or should know. Techniques that can be successful for studying content include memorization, using acronyms, and using associations. Another type of studying is “chunking,” which is breaking a large amount of material down into smaller units instead of trying to absorb everything at once.  
- Avoid cramming. Make sure you give yourself enough time to study. If you have already worked and volunteered in the field, you will likely already know a lot of the information, but don’t use that as an excuse to wait to the last minute to study.
Take practice exams. We’ve all heard the phrase “practice makes perfect.” Find a practice test for the type of nursing school entrance exam you will be taking online, in your study guide or at a local community center or college. Taking this practice test can help you identify areas in which your performance was weak and fix it before taking the actual exam. 
- Take as many different practice tests as you can, as they will cover different material.
- If you identify areas of weakness, spend additional time studying this material and seek out the help of a tutor.
Schedule the exam. Arrange an exam date that will give you plenty of time to study, but will also allow you to submit your application materials, along with the test score, to your prospective school before the submission deadline. 
- It is wise to check your calendar and make sure you do not have any scheduling conflicts on the day of your exam or in the days that immediately precede it. Preparation is a huge part of success on standardized tests and your will want to be sure you have the days leading up to exam free for study and preparation.