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:

  • Math
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Natural Science
  • Vocational Adjustment
  • Spelling

To be considered for admission, the PSB test requirements 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 

SAT/ACT Scores

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.
  • ACT scores of English: 18, Math: 22, Reading: 21, and Natural Science: 24*

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Motor Square Garden
5900 Baum Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206


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