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Pre-Admissions Testing

Students applying to Walla Walla University School of Nursing must take pre-admission tests during the admission process. There are three (3) required tests:

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic Test
  • Health Science Reasoning Test

You are given two (2) attempts to achieve the minimum required score for each test per admission cycle.

Find out more details about each test below!



Accuplacer Arithmetic Test

This 17 question test measures a student's ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts.  There are three content areas measured on this untimed test: 

  1. Whole Numbers and Fractions
  2. Decimals and Percents
  3. Applications and Problem Solving

The Whole Numbers and Fractions area includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.  The Decimals and Percents area includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals.  Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and estimating problems are also given.  The Applications and Problem Solving area includes rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.


Questions from all three categories are always presented to the student, although the number of questions from each category varies with the student's skill level.  For example, if a student's responses show minimal arithmetic skills, presenting too many applications problems is pointless.  On the other hand, a student exhibiting good skills with whole numbers and fractions will be presented with more of these types of problems.  As a result, the proportion of questions in the various categories will automatically vary according to the student's responses.


It is not necessary to bring a calculator to this exam.  A calculator is provided via the testing program. For questions that a calculator is allowed, a calculator icon appears on screen.


Passing score = 80 or above


Click here for sample test questions.



Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Test

This 20 question test measures a student's ability to understand what they have read. There are four content areas on this untimed test:

  1. Identifying main ideas
  2. Direct statements/secondary ideas
  3. Inferences
  4. Applications  

There are two basic question types. The first question type consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text.  Both short and long narratives are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required, including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application and inference.

The second question type focuses on sentence relationships and presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences.  For example, the question may ask whether the statement in the second sentence supports the first sentence, contradicts it, or repeats the same information.


Passing Score = 80 or above


A study book that can be purchased on-line and also found on reserve at the College Place and Portland campus libraries:  


  • 501 Reading Comprehension Questions, 4th Edition, by LearningExpress, ISBN #978-1-57685-747-2


Click here for sample test questions.



Health Sciences Reasoning Test

This test consists of 33 multiple-choice questions.  You will be asked to select only one response per test question.  The time limit for this test is 50 minutes.


Passing Score = 17 or above


Learn more about the HSRT here.


A general study book that can be purchased and is on reserve at the Portland campus library (although not directly related to the HSRT) is:

Reasoning Skills Success in 20 Minutes a Day, 2nd Edition by Learning Express.  ISBN# 1-57685-493-0



Last update on October 11, 2017