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Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Exam

Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Exam

You are pursuing a new career in the healthcare field. You’ve been admitted to Cape Fear Community College and know which health sciences program you wish to pursue. Your next step is to determine if you are ready to file an “intent to apply” for the specific program(s) you are applying for.  After you fill out your “intent to apply,” then you will receive directions for how to sign up for PSB Testing.

Please visit the Health Sciences Enrollment Center for information about how to fill out an “Intent to Apply” to a health sciences program. Intents may be submitted during the application period for the program.  For more information or call 910-362-7319 .

PSB exams will let you know if the program you are interested in is a good fit for your skills and capabilities. Each PSB exam has five individual, timed tests that measure abilities, skills, knowledge, and attitudes important for success in the health science academic programs.

The cost of taking the test is $25.00. Calculators are not permitted during the PSB examination.

About the Psychological Services Bureau Exam

Since 1959, the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) has been creating tests that measure aptitude. These exams are useful because they let you know if you are a good match for the program you are pursuing. There are three different tests that Cape Fear Community College gives to determine admission into our Health Sciences programs: the PSB-Nursing School Aptitude Examination, the PSB-Aptitude for Practical Nursing Examination, and the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination.

The exam you take depends on your program of study:

PSB-Nursing School Aptitude Examination
Associate Degree Nursing
Nursing Transition

PSB-Aptitude for Practical Nursing Examination
Practical Nursing

PSB-Health Occupations Aptitude Examination
Dental Hygiene
Dental Assisting
Medical Assisting
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Radiography
Sonography
Cardiovascular Sonography
Surgical Technology
Veterinary Medical Technology

PSB Sections and Time Limits

PSB Registered Nursing School Aptitude 3rd Ed
Test Name Number of Questions Test Time
Test 1 Academic Aptitude 75 40 min
Test 2 Spelling 40 15 min
Test 3 Reading Comprehension 25 20 min
Test 4 Info in Nat Science 60 25 min
Test 5 Voca Adj Index 90 15 min
PSB Registered Practical Nursing 3rd Ed
Test Name Number of Questions Test Time
Test 1 Academic Aptitude 75 40 min
Test 2 Spelling 40 15 min
Test 3 Info in Nat Science 75 15 min
Test 4 Judgment & Comprehension in PN 40 25 min
Test 5 Voca Adj Index 90 15 min
PSB Health Occupations Aptitude 3rd Ed
Test Name Number of Questions Test Time
Test 1 Academic Aptitude 75 40 min
Test 2 Spelling 45 15 min
Test 3 Reading Comprehension 35 35 min
Test 4 Info in Nat Science 60 25 min
Test 5 Voca Adj Index 90 15 min

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