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Kaplan Nursing Admissions Test

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing basic licensure program are required to complete the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT) at Clayton State University.

To correspond with the nursing application period, the KNAT is offered every January-February for Fall applicants and August-September for Spring applicants. Applicants are permitted one attempt per application period. Scores are valid for one year/two application periods. Transfer scores will not be accepted.

KNAT taken at Clayton State in:  January - February 2021  and  August - September 2021

Eligible for Nursing Application in:  Spring 2022


The Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT) is a tool to determine if students have the academic skills necessary to perform effectively in a school of nursing. It is a 91-question, online, multiple-choice test that evaluates the basic reading, math, writing, and science skills of students seeking entry into a nursing program leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Content Items Minutes
Reading 22 45
Mathematics 28 45
Writing 21 45
Science 20 30
Total 91 165 (2 hours 45 minutes)

KNAT Content Outline 


The KNAT is a crucial component in your nursing application. Therefore, you should prepare thoroughly for the exam. The recommended preparatory text is the current edition of Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams. Please note the text is for all nursing entrance exams and includes more information than is on the KNAT. 

KNAT Sample Questions


Register and pay the $20.00 testing fee at the Testing Center Store at

Applicants who feel unwell on test date are strongly recommended to reschedule (if you leave before completion, it will count as one attempt.

Dates for Fall 2023 Application    
Thursday, January 5 11:00am  
Friday, January 13 10:00am  
Wednesday, January 18   12:30pm
Thursday, January 26 9:00am  
Thursday, February 9 8:30am  


Special accommodations are available for applicants who qualify; for information contact the Disability Resource Center.


Report to the Testing Center located at CSU-East, 121 Arbor Hall, 5823 Trammell Road, Morrow, Georgia, 30260. Arrive twenty-minutes early for check-in. Late arrivals will not be permitted. For entry, you must bring an official photo ID that includes a signature (driver’s license or passport). Cell phones, smart watches and all other electronic or text devices are prohibited. Four-function calculators will be provided by the Testing Center; do not bring your own calculator. Food and drinks may not be brought inside the testing room. No one may test in hats, hoods or sunglasses. Children are not permitted in the testing labs. Unaccompanied children are not permitted anywhere in the building or lobby areas. 

KNAT Instructions


You will receive an official grade report immediately upon completion and a copy will be sent to Clayton State's School of Nursing. KNAT results are evaluated with other critical components in a competitive admission process. Minimum overall and section scores required for eligibility are subject to change; check this website for updates.

  Minimum Score Priority Score
Reading 50 60
Mathematics 50 60
Writing N/A N/A
Science N/A N/A
Critical Thinking 50 60
Overall Score 50 60