Pre-Admission Test Information

The Kaplan Assessment Test (KAT) will be required for all applicants.  (Except RNs)

The KAT is offered at Lakeview College of Nursing Danville and Charleston campus but can also be taken off-site.  Students are responsible to identifying potential alternate test sites and paying any proctoring fees associated with the alternate location.  If the HESI is taken through LCN there will be no additional fee.


The Kaplan Admissions Test consists of four academic exams.  There are 91-questions online in a multiple-choice test that evaluates basic reading, math, writing, and science skills.  The test must be completed in 2.75 hours. 


Candidates 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

22 Questions/45 Minutes


The test measures the candidate's ability to apply mathematical principles in the following areas:

  • Conversions
  • Operations
  • Ratios
  • Word Problems

28 Questions/45 Minutes


Candidates read nine passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for writing:

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

21 Questions/45 Minutes


Test measures the candidate's knowledge of physiology in the following areas:

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

20 Questions/30 Minutes



Please check with us for scoring requirements. 

Applicants must successfully complete the Kaplan Admission Test.  Passing scores are determined by the nursing faculty each year.  Admission, progression, curricululm, and graduation policies of the pre-licensure track are subject to change in order to comply with the requirements of the current Illinois Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act, Rules for the Administration of Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act, and The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Pracrtice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008). 

Students may take the Kaplan Admission Test once every 60 days.


To Take at LCN

Please contact April Grant at or 217-709-0941 with the following information - - Name, Testing Location Preference (Danville or Charleston), Test Date, Semester You are Pursuing Admission, Phone Number and E-mail. Spots are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis according to semester of desired admission.

The assessment will be offered on both the Danville and Charleston Campuses of Lakeview College of Nursing. All tests are on Saturdays and will begin at 9:00 am and conclude no later than 11:45 am.  Prospective students are welcome to take the admission test once per 60 days.  Here are the upcoming test dates:

  • November 14, 2015

  • December 12, 2015

  • January 23, 2016

  • February 6, 2016

  • February 27, 2016

  • March 5, 2016  (Last test date to be considered for Fall 2016 Early Decision)

  • March 26, 2016

  • April 2, 2016  (Last test date to be considered for Fall 2016 Regular Decision)

To Take Off-Site

Please view this document for detailed instructions.  Follow the directions within the preceding link only if you are NOT taking the exam at Lakeview's Danville or Charleston locations.  Please be advised that if the KAT is taken at another location there may be a fee charged to you by the alternative site.  Once you have taken the exam off-site, please notify April Grant,, so that we can access your scores.


Check your local library, bookstore, or on-line for Kaplan Admission Test Review or Kaplan Admission Test Practice Questions.  "Nursing School Entrance Exams: Your All In One Guide to Getting Into Nursing School" by Kaplan is one guide that is available.

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