Pre-Admission Test Information

A pre-admission test assessment will be required for all applicants (Except RNs).  For the Fall 2017 admission cycle we will accept either the HESI RN Admission Assessment with CT OR the Kaplan Admission Test (KAT).


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 KAT is taken through LCN there will be no additional fee.

The HESI RN Admission Assessment with CT is NOT currently offered at Lakeview College of Nursing.  Students are responsible for identifying potential test sites and paying for the test as well as any proctoring fees associated with the test.  There are over 300 sites within the U.S. that offer the HESI A2.  



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



The HESI Admissions Assessment Exam (A2) consists of seven academic exams, as well as a personality profile that helps identify the individual applicant's learning style.  

English Language:

Reading Comprehension - Provides reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension, identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc.

47 items

Time Allotment:  50 minutes

Vocabulary and General Knowledge - contains vocabulary terms that are used commonly in both general English speaking and in the health care fields.

50 items

Time Allotment:  50 minutes

Grammer - contains basic grammar, including parts of speech, important terms, and their uses in grammar, commonly occurring gramatical errors, etc.

50 items

Time Allotment:  50 minutes


Basic Math SkillsFocuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general math facts, etc.

50 items

Time Allotment:  50 minutes


Biology - Covers biology basics, water, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, etc.

25 items

Time allotment: 25 minutes

ChemistryContains test items that cover matter, chemical equations and reactions, the periodic table, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, etc.

25 items

Time allotment: 25 minutes

Anatomy & Physiology - Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.

25 items

Time Allotment: 25 minutes

Personality Style:

Personality Profile-Uses concepts related to introversion and extroversion to classify the student’s personality style.

15 items

Time Allotment: 15 minutes

Learning Style-Assesses the preferred learning style of the prospective applicant and offers test-taking and study tips suited to that learning style.

14 items

Time Allotment:  15 minutes.



Please check with us for scoring requirements. 

Applicants must successfully complete the pre-admission Test.  Passing scores are determined by the nursing faculty each year.  Admission, progression, curriculum, 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 Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008). 

Students may take the Kaplan Admission Test or the HESI RN Admission Assessment with CT once per 30 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 30 days.  Here are the upcoming test dates:

  • January 21, 2017

  • February 25, 2017

  • March 4, 2017  (Last test date to be considered for Fall 2017 Early Decision)

  • March 25, 2017

  • April 1, 2017  (Last test date to be considered for Fall 2017 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.


Currently ONLY Available Off-Site

Exam Name:  HESI RN A2 Admission Assessment Exam

Exam Cost:  Approx. $100 (Subject to Change) + Proctoring Fee (Varies)

Please view this document for detailed instructions.   When you fill out the form the following is required:  

Lakeview's Department ID:  198266  Then Choose EXAM:  A2-V2 with CT or A2-V1 with CT.  

Please be advised that the HESI Assessment Exam is a four hour exam and can be taken at over 300 sites within the United States.  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, Kaplan Admission Test Practice Questions, HESI Admission Test Review, HESI 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.  "HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review" by Elsevier is another guide that is available.