PSB Nursing School Aptitude Examination: RN
The first step in the admission process is to register for the Psychological Services Bureau, Inc. Nursing School Aptitude Examination (RN). This exam is offered at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing.
The exam consists of the following subject areas:
- Reading Comprehension
- Natural Science
- Vocational Adjustment
To be considered for admission for the Spring 2015 class, the applicant must have no single subject area lower than the 50th percentile. Effective for the Fall 2015 class and beyond, the new PSB testing requirements for the applicant in each subject area must not be lower than the 60th percentile. Re-testing will be permitted only if the candidate documents evidence of remediation (proof of successful completion of a college course), or the candidate has waited for a time period of 60 days.
Complete a registration form (PDF) and mail it, along with your money order in the amount of $50 made payable to Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, to:
- PSB Testing
Mercy Hospital School of Nursing
1401 Blvd. of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Please note that each test date has a postmark requirement. Registrations received after the stated postmarks will not be processed.
Registrations will not be accepted via telephone, fax, or e-mail.
Failure to appear for the exam will result in the forfeiture of the $50 testing fee.
Test scores are considered confidential and will not be released over the telephone. Your test scores will be mailed to you as soon as they become available.
To learn more about the Nursing School Aptitude Examination (RN) and its various components, visit the Psychological Services Bureau, Inc. at www.psbtests.com.
SAT/ACT scores may be submitted in lieu of taking the PSB test if it has been taken within the past five years. Only candidates with either of the following scores will be considered:
- SAT scores of 480 in math and 480 in verbal. (Acceptable for admission to the Spring 2015 class only.)
- ACT scores of English: 18, Math: 22, Reading: 21, and Natural Science: 24*
*ACT score requirements will not change for the Fall 2015 class.