How to Pass the Nurse Entrance Test

Updated April 17, 2017

The Nurse Entrance Test (NET) is a computer-based test that assesses potential nursing students' skills in academic areas (math, reading, test-taking skills), as well as social interaction, ability to handle stress and learning style. The NET is required for entrance into most nurse programs. Each school sets its own minimum scores for admission, although you want to get the best score possible.

Learn all you can about the NET. Knowledge is power, so the more you know, the better. Get a guide from the test administrators that explains the test. Buy a study guide, and use online resources, such as sample test questions. The part of the test that covers learning styles is for informational purposes only, and will not be scored, but will provide you with knowledge to help you study more efficiently.

Create a study schedule, based on how long you have until your exam date. Set aside times for studying. If you block this time into your schedule and record it on it a calendar, you are more likely to follow through.

Review your study materials. Work sample test questions to find out where you need to concentrate the most time and energy. Using your review book, work through the problems and chapters, marking areas where you need to spend more time. Use a highlighter or self-adhesive notes to mark pages you need to review.

Take a practice exam. These are found online and in many review books. Set aside enough time to complete the test under conditions that are as close to real test-taking conditions as possible. Time yourself, and work in a quiet environment. Taking the test will give you an idea of your strengths and weaknesses.

Review the areas that you had difficulty with on the practice exam. If you need help with a particular subject, such as reading comprehension or math, buy review materials that cover these topics. Numerous review websites for standardised tests are available and may be helpful.

Read about test-taking skills. Most standardised test review books contain strategies to help you succeed on multiple choice tests when you are unsure of an answer.


Get a good night's sleep. Eat breakfast. Go into your exam rested and confident that you have done everything you could to prepare.

Things You'll Need

  • NET study guide
  • Highlighter or self-adhesive notes
  • Calendar
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