Exam Information

About the test

For admission into the PN program, CSPN uses a proprietary exam which covers reading comprehension and basic math.

The reading comprehension is 90 minutes in length, and the math portion is 60 minutes in length. 

A minimum passing score of 68% must be achieved on the math exam, and a minimum passing score of 70% on the reading comprehension.

Applicants have one attempt to pass each section (reading comprehension and math) of the exam.

A minimum of 72 hours prior notice is required for applicants requiring entrance testing accommodations.  The applicant’s healthcare provider must submit (via email to mlyles@cspnohio.edu ) a letter outlining the results of the applicant’s diagnostic test(s) and outcome(s), along with testing accommodation recommendations.

CSPN LPN Nursing Exam

The math portion consists of 40 basic math problems including:

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions
  • Multiplication of whole numbers in word problems
  • Determining the value of fractions
  • Calculating the specified percentage of a whole number
  • Comparing the values of decimals and rounding
  • Converting from fraction to percent, and from percent to decimal

CSPN will provide a calculator for you to use.


How to register for the entrance exam

Register and pay online to reserve a seat on the date and time of your choice



Preparing for the exam

The CSPN Entrance Exam consists of Reading Comprehension and General Math.  CSPN utilizes a HESI A2 “like” exam, but not the actual exam.

The links below should serve as helpful resources for exam preparation:

HESI A2 Practice Test | Free HESI Exam Practice Questions

GED Test Prep

HESI A2 Study Guide

Tips to prepare for HESI A2 exam

For the math portion of the exam, check out our math resources for additional practice.