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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 - April 2023  and  August - November 2023

Eligible for Nursing Application in:  Spring 2024


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 Online Resources

KNAT Sample Questions


Step 1

Create Kaplan account at Add item to your cart. Register using your Clayton State email address and create password of your choice. Retain your password and be prepared to remember and utilize it on testing date. Note that Kaplan does not charge a fee to create account.

Step 2

Register and pay the non-refundable $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.

Spring 2024 Application    
August 29, 2023 11:00am
Thursday August 31, 2023 10:00am
Thursday September 7, 2023 10:00am
Friday September 8, 2023 10:00am
Wednesday September 13, 2023 10:00am,  2:00pm
Thursday September 28, 2023 1:00pm
Thursday October 12, 2023 11:00am
Thursday November 2, 2023 11:00am

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


To view results after completion of the test, go to Kaplan's main homepage then click "Review". Official score results will also be available 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