Assessment and Certification

Nursing Aptitude Test (NAT)

The Nursing Aptitude Test (NAT) is used to measure the academic achievement level of students wishing to enter the nursing (R.N.) program.

The five main parts given at Florida State College at Jacksonville are: academic aptitude (verbal, arithmetic,and non-verbal subtests), spelling, reading comprehension, information in the natural sciences and vocational adjustment index.

How do I sign up for the NAT?

The NAT is administered on all campuses. Testing is done by appointment only. There is a non-refundable, non-transferable testing fee of $40. You may take the NAT twice every twelve months as long as there are a minimum of 90 days between each assessment. Testing more frequently will cause your scores to be invalid. Candidates can make a testing appointment by accessing the online appointment scheduling system. The NAT takes approximately one hour and 50 minutes to complete. In order to take the test, you must bring a current driver's license or State of Florida identification. Dress in layers, so you will be comfortable during the test. Please leave all personal items (hats, purses, cell phones, pagers, etc.) at home.

Remote students should send an email to requesting information on taking the NAT test as a remote student. You will receive a reply to your email request within one business day. You may also call (904) 997-2676 for assistance.

What is covered on the NAT assessment?

Each of the five main parts of the NAT is timed as follows: academic aptitude - 30 minutes; spelling - 15 minutes; reading comprehension - 20 minutes; information in the natural sciences - 30 minutes; vocational adjustment index - 15 minutes.

How do I prepare for the NAT?

To help familiarize you with the content of the NAT, the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) has sample test questions available online or at your campus assessment and certification center. Another study resource, recommended by PSB, is the "ARCO-Nursing School and Allied Health Entrance Exams" study guide available at all campus bookstores.

When will I get my NAT assessment results?

You will receive two copies of your score report immediately upon completing the assessment: one copy of the score report should be included with your nursing program application packet and one copy of the scores for your records.