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Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT) Information

If you are applying to the FHSU Nursing Department undergraduate studies program, you will be required to take the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT). The KNAT helps the Nursing Department evaluate your academic skills.

Scheduling an Appointment

Testing Services administers the KNAT by appointment. To schedule an appointment or get additional information on test requirements, fees and policies, please contact our office.  We recommend that you contact us at least two weeks prior to a preferred test date. For optimum scheduling availability, you are encouraged to take the test well in advance of the FHSU Department of Nursing application deadline.  Please note that KNAT testing at FHSU is available only to applicants to the FHSU Nursing program.

Overview of the Test

The test consists of four sections with a total of 91 questions. The total test time is 165 minutes (2 hours, 45 minutes). You should expect the test appointment to last approximately 3 hours (check-in, administrative procedures, testing time, review of scores, etc.).

22 questions; time allotted is 45 minutes. You will read four passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for reading:

  • Determining the logic of a passage
  • Comprehending details
  • Drawing basic inferences
  • Identifying the purpose of a passage

28 questions; time allotted is 45 minutes. This will measure your ability to apply mathematical principles in the following areas:

  •  Conversions
  •  Operations
  •  Ratios
  •  Word problems

21 questions; time allotted is 45 minutes. You will read nine passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for writing.

  • Assessing passage development
  • Assessing paragraph logic
  • Assessing mechanics of writing

20 questions; time allotted is 30 minutes. This will measure your knowledge of physiology in the following areas:

  •  Cardiovascular system
  •  Electrolytes
  •  Gastrointestinal system
  •  Immune system
  •  Neurology
  •  Renal system
  •  Hematological system
  •  Homeostasis
  •  Respiratory system
  •  Sensory system

What to Bring to the Test Appointment

You must be referred for testing by your FHSU Nursing Department advisor. Your advisor will complete, sign and provide you with a "Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT) Information and Referral Form." You must bring the signed referral form, current government-issued photo identification (e.g. driver's license, passport, state identification card) and the required test administration fee to your test appointment.

The signed KNAT Information and Referral Form expires 90 days after it has been signed by your FHSU Nursing Department advisor.

Score Information

Minimum score requirements are established by the FHSU Nursing Department. Please contact your advisor to get information on required scores and interpretation of your results.

Official Score Results

At the end of your test, your results will be presented on the computer screen. The Testing Coordinator will give you a printed copy of the score results. Additional, Testing Services will forward a printed copy of your results to the FHSU Nursing Department. It is your responsibility to ensure that your FHSU Nursing Department application file is complete.

Retaking the KNAT

If you do not achieve the required score, you must contact your Nursing Department advisor to be referred for testing again. You are required to bring a new "Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT) Information and Referral Form" with you to your retake test appointment. You are also required to bring your government-issued photo identification and the required test administration fee.

Preparing for the Test

If you would like to prepare for the KNAT, Kaplan has developed a preparatory book titled Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams: Your Complete Guide to Getting Into Nursing School. This book is available on Please note that this book is for all nursing entrance exams and includes more information than is on this specific admissions test. You should concentrate on the areas listed in the "Overview of the Test" section listed above.

Additionally, you can get help with test-taking skills by contacting Kelly Center Academic Success Programs.

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