Psychological Service Bureau (PSB) Study Guide

For general information on the PSB Examinations please visit CFCC website: PSB General Information

PSB – Aptitude Examination for RN, LPN, and Health Occupations

The tests are similar for all three examinations, except, for the LPN there is no Reading Comprehension test. The LPN also has a section on (Part IV) Judgment and Comprehension in Practical Nursing, which tests you on aspects of practical nursing: relationships experienced as a student and a practitioner. The Vocational Adjustment Index which is common to all three examinations reflects a person’s attitudes, feelings, opinions, and other personality traits and characteristics.

The following tests are sample tests (Gooding, Marion F. Nursing School and Allied Health, Entrance Examinations. pub. Thompson and Arco, 15 ed. 2002). If you need to practice more you can either redo the tests, work with one of the facilitators in the Lab, or borrow the book from the Learning Resource Center (LRC).


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Part I- Academic Aptitude Tests
Synonyms 1 Synonyms 2
Antonyms 1 Antonyms 2
Analogies 1 Analogies 2
Math 1 Math 2
Non-Verbal (Spatial)
Spatial 1 Spatial 2
Part II – Spelling
Spelling 1 Spelling 2
Part III – Reading Comprehension
Reading 1 Reading 2
Reading 3 Reading 4
Reading 5
Part IV – Natural Sciences
Sample Test 1 Sample Test 2


Preparing for Examinations

Reducing Test Anxiety

Before the Test: The Four R’s

  1. REST–get enough sleep.
  2. RELAX–watch out for caffeine in coffee, tea, or sodas.
  3. READY–arrive ahead of test time.
  4. ESTROOM–use it. You will not be allowed to leave test area during testing.

Test Time

  1. Reduce your text anxiety. Try this!
    • Relax your face and feel yourself smiling on the inside.
    • Breathe deeply and slowly through your nose, hold, slowly exhale through your mouth. Do this three times.
  2. Preview the test.
    • What types of questions are asked?
    • What do the written directions say?
    • What is the test administrator telling you about the test?
  3. Plan your time.
    • How many questions are there on the test?
    • How much time do I have?
    • How much time do I have for each question?
  4. Answer the easiest questions first. Answer all the questions. Leave no blanks. Allow time for this at the end of the test period.
    1. Why?
      • You will answer all the questions you can answer correctly, in case time runs out before you answer all the questions.
      • You might think of answers to some difficult questions.
      • You might find answers to some of the difficult questions.
    2. How?
      • Read each question twice and answer it or move on to the next question.
      • After you have answered all you can, repeat this process.
      • For any questions that you can’t answer, make an educated guess.
  5. Check your answers carefully to avoid careless errors. DO NOT change answers unless you are positive your answer is wrong.

After the Test

Relax. Remember you did the best you could.

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