Admission Exams

Which entrance exam do I take?

PAX Exam

All pre-nursing students seeking admission to Southern Adventist University Level 1 AS or BSN nursing program not already an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse).

This is a 2 hour online standardized exam with 3 sections (Verbal skills, Math, & Science) of approximately 40 min. each. Registration and payment is online with NLN (National League of Nursing). The cost is $39 and there are no refunds.


NACE Exam

LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurse) who want to be considered for admission into LEVEL 2 of our AS or BSN program.

This is a 200 question online standardized exam over your LPN knowledge (like NCLEX-PN). You are given up to 4 hours to complete. Registration and payment is online with NLN (National League of Nursing). The cost is $60 and there are no refunds.


Dates & Times of exams at Southern Adventist University

February for Fall application

  • February 25 4:00 p.m. 
  • February 26  6:00 p.m.

NOTE: NLN requires you to be registered at least 24 hours before scheduled exam to avoid delays, test errors, etc.

September for Winter application

Times to be announced one month prior to exams


What if I live out of the area or cannot meet scheduled local exam times?

Contact Mrs. Ruth Saunders
saunders@southern.edu
423.236.2974


What if I have a disability?

If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (www.ada.gov) you may quality for specific testing accommodations. Documentation from a Health Care Provider or Southern Adventist University Disability Support Services to request test accommodations submitted to the School of Nursing 3 weeks in advance of desired test date.


Register for a PAX exam.

  • NLN requires you to be registered at least 24 hours before scheduled exam to avoid delays, test errors, etc.
  • Do not use a smart phone or I-pad to register.
  • Have your credit or debit card handy before you begin registering.
  • Go to: https://ondemand.questionmark.com/400030/ext/nlntesting/

Short instructions-
    Create an account:  

  • Be sure to put Southern Adventist University as the school.
  • Write down your user name and password. You will need this to take the exam.
  • You will receive a time sensitive link in your email. Follow instructions to confirm your account.
  • You must confirm the account before it can be used.
  • Sign into your account.
  • Review information presented on the dashboard.

Register for specific testing time:

  1. Have a credit or debit card available. (If you get timed out while searching for your credit card, you will get an access denied message.)
  2. Select the exam Sessions tab.
  3. Type Southern Adventist University in the School Box.
  4. Find the exam session name and date that you want to attend. PAX exams are labeled SAU PAX (date). Be thorough while registering. There are no refunds.
  5. You can click on the exam name to view the location of the exam and the exam price.
  6. Select the "Register" button then select the "Save Registration" button.
  7. Enter your credit or debit card information. Do not leave the web page until you do this.
  8. When you are successful the dashboard will have a green banner stating that your Registration has been saved.
  9. You will also be able to view your exam under My Upcoming Exam(s).

Detailed instructions on website. Look for "Student Guide to NLN Testing Portal" In the lower left (last item under "Resources". Remember registration closes 24 hours before scheduled exam.


Problems or questions about registration:

Contact NLN Customer Service customerhelp@nln.org 800.732.8656 Or Mrs. Ruth Saunders saunders@southern.edu 423.236.2970


Where do I take the local exams?

Southern Adventist University Florida Hospital Hall Learning Resource Center room 2208


What do I bring to the exam?

  • Photo ID
  • Your NLN user name and password
  • Calculators and scratch paper will be provided

Can I retake the PAX? How long do I have to wait?

  • Yes! You may retake the PAX…just sign up again.
  • No need to wait, but you may have better success with study and practice.

Register for a NACE exam. (LPNs only)

  • NLN requires you to be registered at least 24 hours before scheduled exam to avoid delays, test errors, etc.
  • Do not use a smart phone or I-pad to register.
  • Have your credit or debit card handy before you begin registering.
  • Go to: https://ondemand.questionmark.com/400030/ext/nlntesting/

Short instructions-
Create an account: 

  • Be sure to put Southern Adventist University as the school.
  • Write down your user name and password. You will need this to take the exam.
  • You will receive a time sensitive link in your email. Follow instructions to confirm your account.
  • You must confirm the account before it can be used.
  • Sign into your account.
  • Review information presented on the dashboard.

Register for specific testing time:

  1. Have a credit or debit card available. (If you get timed out while searching for your credit card, you will get an access denied message.)
  2. Select the exam Sessions tab.
  3. Type Southern Adventist University in the School Box.
  4. Find the exam session name that you want to attend. NACE exams are labeled SAU NACE (date). Be thorough while registering. There are no refunds.
  5. You can click on the exam name to view the location of the exam and the exam price.
  6. Select the "Register" button then select the "Save Registration" button.
  7. Enter your credit or debit card information. Do not leave the web page until you do this.
  8. When you are successful the dashboard will have a green banner stating that your Registration has been saved.
  9. You will also be able to view your exam under My Upcoming Exam(s).

Detailed instructions on website. Look for "Student Guide to NLN Testing Portal" In the lower left (last item under "Resources". Remember registration closes 24 hours before scheduled exam.


Problems or questions about registration:

Contact NLN Customer Service
customerhelp@nln.org
800.732.8656
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Contact Mrs. Ruth Saunders
saunders@southern.edu
423.236.2970


Where do I take the local exams?

Southern Adventist University Florida Hospital Hall Learning Resource Center room 2208


What do I bring to the exam?

  • Photo ID
  • Your NLN user name and password
  • Calculators and scratch paper will be provided

Can I retake the NACE? How long do I have to wait?

  • Yes! You may retake the NACE…just sign up again.
  • No need to wait, but you may have better success with study and practice.