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Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam Study Guide and Practice Questions

June 2, 2014 by  
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I took the Kaplan for Baker-Flint and got an 82%, I am a 4.0 student btw. The highest I heard of anyone getting was an 89%. Most people seemed to get 60-75. The test is pretty darn hard. Study the kaplan book, I know it helped me but remember that everyone is having a hard time so don’t get too discouraged.

When I took the Kaplan you could take a break and walk around for a minute in between questions. That helps a lot when you get stressed out. Make sure you study your A&P book back and forth, because the Kaplan questions are very specific so you will need to know that stuff.

Each section has a different number of questions and you have to do them in order. The last area was where I did the worst, but I talked to a lot of people who thought it was the easiest section so I think it all depends on your strengths. I found the math was A LOT easier on the actual test than in the study guide. I also thought the reading/writing was easier. The writing or grammar part can get a little annoying so I would suggest taking a break right about then.

As far as it being scored do you mean in terms of how many baker points you get? Like I said I had an 82% so I received 9.2 points out of 11. The highest at Flint this term was 9.9 and it was pretty rare to see anyone in the 80s at all.

ps: As far as the English, it was the second to last part and it seemed to last forever. If you really work the study guide for the reading and can do well on it you should breeze through the test. I did better on the test than I ever did in the study guide. But I spent a lot of time studying what they wanted you to in the Kaplan and taking the practice exams.

Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam Practice Questions

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The exam detail here written by a student.

The exam is timed, you have about 3 hours to complete it, but each section is timed, you can’t “carry over” time from section to section. You are allowed to take breaks in between sections, which I recommend. I only took one break, before the science section (which is the last one and the one I was most worried about). It’s good to get up, stretch, clear your mind a little, maybe use the restroom before moving on. The test can be stressful and long, you don’t want to “fry” your brain, so a break is good. The test is 4 sections, here is my information and pointers for each section. The order of the sections is the same order they are in on the exam. The exam is scored on an overall percentage of number of correct answers. Each section is averaged and then each section score is averaged for the overall score. I have heard different figures on what the “average” is, but from what I’ve heard, it is somewhere between 75%-79%. (**The actual information about the test is coming from the Kaplan book, there is a disclaimer saying the number of questions in each section can vary but I had the exact number of questions that the book said I would).

The reading is 22 questions and you have 45 minutes to complete it. This section is testing comprehension, determining the logic of a passage, drawing basic inferences, and identifying the purpose of a passage. Based on what came out of the book, there isn’t much more explanation needed about the questions. You get several passages to read, after each passage, there are a few questions to answer. The screen is split with the passage on half and the questions on the other. This was nice to be able to easily refer to the passage while answering the questions.

This section approximately 28 questions and you have 45 minutes to complete it. The exam tests on conversions, ratios, operations, and word problems. Almost every single question was all fractions and decimals, with a few conversions (which relate to decimals). You don’t need to know a lot of algebra or geometry and such, just what they say. I made the mistake of “wasting” time brushing up on all areas of math, but really, just make sure you know your fractions and decimals like the back of your hand and you should be fine. Also, you can use scratch paper AND there is a calculator within the exam that you are able to use. I spent a long time doing practice problems to brush up on my math skills, I KNOW how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide but I have gotten used to using a calculator so I spent a long time doing practice problems by hand to refresh myself, but that turned out to be a waste of time because I was allowed to use a calculator. A tip for the calculator, make sure to use place holders. For whatever reason, it didn’t want to cooperate if I entered .1, but did just fine if I entered 0.1. As far as the scratch paper, I found it useful to write out the problem and all the steps, and use the calculator to check my answers, that way, if the answer I got at the end wasn’t an option (essentially wrong), I could go back and see my work to see where I went wrong.

The section has about 21 questions and you have 45 minutes to complete it. It tests on essential writing skills including passage development, paragraph logic, and mechanics of writing. This section was HARD. This was my lowest scoring section. There were questions asking about the most logical place to put a paragraph, subject-verb agreement, and such. I’m not even sure how one would actually study and prepare themselves for this section. From the little information that I found on the internet, everyone said this section was the worst… It’s true. I’m a good writer, and have always been told I’m a good writer, but that did me absolutely no good for this test. The only thing I could think to study is grammar and rules. This section is really not writing, it’s more “English”… Maybe do a review of an English text book? It really left me at a loss. If any readers have taken this exam and have pointers for this section, I would love to hear them.

This is the last section. I was most worried about this one because I had heard it is really hard AND my school only looks at overall and science score. Along with that, we had to score a minimum of 60 on this section or we couldn’t apply. This section is approximately 20 questions and you have 30 minutes to complete it. This section tests on human physiology including the cardiovascular system, electrolytes, GI system, immune system, renal system, homeostasis, respiratory system, sensory system, and neurology. The questions were ALL physiology, none of them were anatomy (but obviously knowing the anatomy has to do with knowing the physiology). I used a A&P review book that I bought for Kindle (the exam fell on a very busy time in my life so I was doing last minute studying, so I purchased a book I could have instantly). I read through that entire book. I also still had a current membership to mastering A&P and used video tutorials in the “study area” to study. If you don’t have access to the site, there are a lot of free websites with A&P tutorials out there, I found this especially helpful, but I am a visual learner. The one mistake I made was studying EVERYTHING in A&P. That was a waste of time as far as the exam goes. Just focus on the sections they tell you will be on the exam, because that is what is on the exam.


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