Directions for Taking the Kaplan Entrance Exam

Pierce College uses the Kaplan Admissions Test as part of its admissions evaluation process.

Please follow the NEW steps below to set up your account with Kaplan before scheduling with our testing center.

  • Go to the Pierce College page on the Kaplan nursing website.
  • Follow the enrollment steps to register your account.
  • Disregard the "Time/Location" details on the Kaplan enrollment page.
  • Once enrolled, contact our testing center to set up your testing day/time.

Please do not enroll with Kaplan more than 30 days before your testing date. 

The Kaplan Entrance Exam is offered at the Puyallup Campus testing center five (5) days a week. For more detailed information, see the testing center web page.

The Kaplan Entrance Exam is offered at the Testing Center Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (the center closes at 5 p.m.) and Friday 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (the center closes at 3 p.m). Allow yourself at least three hours for the exam.

Please visit the Puyallup Campus Testing Center or email to make an appointment at least 3 business days before you would like to take the exam.

The cost will be $25 payable at the Cashier’s Office and you must present valid photo identification.

The test must be taken within 1 year prior to the application date and only (1) retake is allowed. The cost of a retake is $25.

Please do not wait until the last minute to schedule or take the test. This application timeline occurs during the Testing Center’s busiest months. We need to be respectful of their needs, the volume of students that will be engaged in various tests, and the limits of their room capacity.

We will retrieve your score through our Nursing Kaplan account and it will be added to the other required elements in your application to our program.

If you take the test at another institution, you will need to request an official transcript of your Kaplan test results and include it in your application packet.

The Kaplan Entrance Exam will be scored according to achievement in each category (point system). To be competitive, it is recommended that you achieve a score of 50 or higher in each category. If you score below 50, you are welcome to apply, but this significantly lowers your chance for admission.