Registered Nurse Test

A registered nurse test is designed to assess candidates across the key skills needed to be successful in a nursing role.

  • What is a registered nurse test?

    A registered nurse test is an online aptitude assessment used to evaluate the proficiency of applicants in the skills and qualities needed to work as a nurse. It can be effectively used during the early stages of the recruitment process to provide objective insight into the abilities – and therefore suitability - of applicants.

    The test can assess key skills for a nursing professional including strong communication skills, critical thinking, and a rapid problem-solving ability through verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, and logical reasoning test sections.

    It can also feature personality and situational judgement questions to gain insight into a candidate's behavioural traits, patient manner, and ability to manage challenging situations.

    All questions are multiple-choice and must be answered within the given time limit. To rank at the top of the applicant cohort, candidates must complete the test quickly and accurately, displaying their aptitude across all key skills.

About the Registered Nurse Test

Registered nurses care for patients needing treatment for a wide range of health conditions. These may be minor injuries, short term ailments, or long-term illnesses. They are central to providing consistent care and meeting patient needs.

They perform duties such as monitoring patient vitals, preparing patients for surgery, treating minor wounds, administering medications, completing patient records, planning hospital discharges, and communicating with patients and their relatives.

Alongside the technical knowledge needed to deliver medical care, nurses need to have a personable manner to gain the trust and confidence of their patients and the ability to think clearly and quickly in pressured medical situations.

The registered nurse test assesses a candidate's proficiency in the skills needed to successfully fulfil their duties, ensuring you hire the right candidate.

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  • Why should you use a registered nurse test for recruiting?

    Embedding a registered nurse test into your recruitment structure is an effective way to objectively evaluate candidates and rapidly streamline a large number of applications. The test is easy to administer, providing valuable ability insights upon which to base hiring decisions.

    It can be tricky to differentiate between candidates based only upon written accounts of educational background and experience. The testing data can be used alongside candidate CVs and application forms to provide a more accurate picture of potential.

    The test can assess job readiness through verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, logical reasoning, situational judgement, and personality test questions, so you can measure performance across a variety of different skills vital to working as a healthcare professional.

    Using online testing improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the hiring process - saving time, money, and ensuring the best candidate is chosen for your nursing role.

    The registered nurse test may be useful when recruiting for the following roles:

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Results for the Registered Nurse Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses registered nurse skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable, soft skills (e.g. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. error checking) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. integrity). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a registered nurse were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our registered nurse test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


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“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!”
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Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Registered Nurse Test FAQs

What skills does a registered nurse require?

Nurses need to be compassionate and supportive, as well as quick-thinking, adaptable and focused when under pressure. They must be able to communicate confidently with patients and their relatives, helping to both reassure and educate patients about their health. These skills can be tested through verbal reasoning, abstract reasoning, situational judgement, and personality tests.

How hard is the registered nurse test?

The registered nurse test is challenging so it can effectively identify the strongest applicants. Candidates receive, on average, 40 seconds to answer each question, so must be able to absorb information and come to accurate conclusions rapidly.

What is the cost for Picked's registered nurse test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

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Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for 7 seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

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Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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