About the test

CSPN uses a proprietary examination which covers reading comprehension and basic math. The reading comprehension portion is 30 minutes in length, and requires a score of 70% or higher to pass.

(See also: CSPN application requirements)

The math portion consists of 30 basic math problems including:

  • Multiplying and dividing whole numbers
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions
  • Division of decimals
  • Converting from percentage to decimal to fraction to ratio

Click here to see some sample math problems.

This section of the test is 45 minutes in length, and requires a score of 70% or higher to pass. CSPN will provide a calculator for you to use.

You may take the test twice per enrollment period.

How to register for the entrance exam

The entrance exam fee ($40) is non-refundable.

Please see this page for the most up-to-date available days and times. Registering and paying online assures you of a seat on the date and time of your choice. Alternatively, you may register and pay in cash (or via money order) in person. Limited walk-in seats may or may not be available on the day of the test.

We regret that we cannot accept personal checks the entrance exam fee.

Reviewing for the test

Any book that has reading comprehension practice questions will be helpful. A GED review book would be one example.

For the math portion of the test, remember to download the sample math questions above. Math workbooks and/or web sites are plentiful.

Click here to see when the entrance exam is offered.

CSPN will consider transcripts of HESI or WorkKeys scores of 70% or higher in place of the CSPN entrance exam. There is no charge for this review.

 
 
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