Pre-Admission Exam Faq

Q: Which entrance exam is required?

A: We require that all students applying to the EL MSN program take an entrance exam. Summer 2015 and all future applicants will take the RN Pre-Entrance Exam (PAX) Third Edition administered by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Both exams measure your verbal, mathematics and science aptitude.

Q: What is the minimum entrance exam score I need to be eligible to apply to the College of Nursing?

A: We do not require a minimum score in order to apply to the EL MSN program. Your score is compared to other applicants and it is important to be prepared and score as high as possible as this is a competitive program.

Q: When is the entrance exam offered?

A: The entrance exam is offered for EL MSN applicants in October and November. Applicants may take the exam at an official test site and send the official score report to CBU.

Please visit to see updated PAX dates (when applicable).

Q: Who is eligible to take the entrance exam at CBU?

A: You may take the entrance exam at CBU if you have an application packet on file.

Space is limited for each testing date so it is recommended that you sign up early to secure your desired date. Once a test date is filled no other registration will be accepted for that date.

Q: Is there a cost for the entrance exam?

A: The exam costs $39 and you must pay at the time of online registration.

Q: How can I prepare for the PAX exam?

A: The NLN offers an online resource to aid in each specific content area. You can purchase this resource from

Q: How do I register for the PAX exam?

A: Click Here to register for the PAX-RN exam.

Q: How many times may I take the PAX exam?

A: You may take the exam time each application period.

Q: How long does it take to complete the exam?

A: The test takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Q: When do I take the entrance exam?

A: We recommend you take the exam after you complete all of the prerequisite courses or during your final semester of prerequisites.

Q: Does my entrance exam expire?

A: Scores are valid for one year from the date of the exam.