The licensed practical nursing entrance examination tests reading, reasoning, numerical and language abilities. Multiple answers are provided for all questions. As of 2015, applicants must complete the 170 questions of the examination within three hours.
Applicants are given a comprehension exam of 40 items testing their reading and reasoning abilities. The applicant should understand the context and draw logical inferences or conclusions from it. Comprehension topics include nutrition, safety, exercise, infection and child abuse. Fifty minutes are reserved for completion of this section.
The numerical ability testing section must be completed in 56 minutes. Ten of the questions test basic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Twenty questions cover fractions, decimals and percentages. The remaining questions require skill application on actual situations. Typical questions cover conversions, ratios and proportions, but the use of a calculator is forbidden.
Language ability tests cover areas such as spelling, contextual words, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure. Test questions are based on terms frequently used in nursing practice. The final section of the examination focuses on scientific knowledge. Typical questions test science reasoning, biology, chemistry, physiology, anatomy and general science knowledge. The student is expected to answer 30 scientific questions within 38 minutes.