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Pass the NCLEX

Pass the NCLEX

What are your NCLEX study tips?

Beth Anderson, RN

NCLEX stands for National Council Licensure Examination and The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops it. It is the exam you will need to pass in order to become a registered nurse. You will hear much talk of it during nursing school. Instructors often refer to exam questions as “NCLEX style questions.” Does this mean that they are designed to confuse you as much as possible? Not exactly. All NCLEX style questions are multiple-choice. Refer to the above tips in “Surviving Nursing School” for multiple-choice strategies.

Study Tactics

There are many study guides to help you pass the NCLEX, and you can find some good ones here. It helps to take as many practice questions as you possibly can. Use tips on answering multiple-choice questions correctly. Have questions? You can always post a question on the NursingLink Student Lounge where you have access to thousands of seasoned nurses who may just share their expertise with you.

Remember Your ABCs

A common theme for NCLEX questions is prioritization. The question will give you a list of scenarios and ask which one you would attend to first. Don’t sweat these questions. They very often come down to this simple mnemonic: ABC, which stands for Airway, Breathing, and Circulation. The airway is always your first priority in any emergency situation. If an airway is blocked, oxygen cannot reach the lungs. The second priority is to assess whether the patient is actually breathing. Then the patient’s circulation is assessed by determining if they have a pulse. You will often find that NCLEX questions are testing your knowledge of this concept.

Have Confidence, Will Pass

Finally, a little bit of confidence will get you far. Many nursing students get themselves completely worked up over the NCLEX. It is helpful to remember that statistics are on your side. Total pass rate for first time test takers in 2005 was 83%. This means that you only have a 17% chance of not passing. If you are consistently getting above average grades and have not been struggling too much, there’s a very good chance that you will pass this exam. It also helps to get plenty of rest between the time that you graduate and the time that you actually take the test.

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    Jeannine29

    over 3 years ago

    8 comments

    Thanks for all the comments, news, and opinions Great to read all the responses-hopefully more people will contribute new responses.

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    EBowman3

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Not sure which state these stats come from, but they are not accurate. You can't stress this test enough!

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    live4jesus

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I graduated as an LVN in december 2010 and faild the Nclex do you know what i can do to pass the second time? do you know any free Nclex practice test site? please help me if you know what i can do.

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    ED84Madapaka_

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Hello ! ! So far I am not seeing any comments or feedback for my request about NCLEX. Please show me the way.?!
    Thanks.

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    ED84Madapaka_

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I just graduated from one of the Nursing Schools in the Philippines on October 2010. I returned to United States in December, because my re-entry permit was about to expire, therefore I haven't had the opportunity to take the local board exam. I am a green card holder, a permanent resident and now residing in Washington State. There must be someone out there who knows what is going on in regards of NCLEX in Washington State. To apply for the NCLEX, what should I do first. Should I just go ahead and turn in my application to Olympia BON or do I have to take TOEFL first? I am hoping it's not required anymore, because almost 100% of the Filipinos can read and speak English fluently. During school hours in College we were only allowed to speak English which really is, a good idea. So any of you folks or kapamilya could give me few tips in order for me to get into the program without encountering too many problems? Please help me out ! ! Thank you ! !

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    calena69

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Hi:
    Thanks for all tips about passing the Nclex. I took my test for 2nd time on 17th, and I found I pass with 85 questions. I study all I areas that I knew were my weaknesses. For ex: infection precautions, mental diseases, review a lot of of the s/s of many diseases. I went through many LPN-nclex books, answering many questions.

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    hilsoto

    about 4 years ago

    10 comments

    i need help what material i need to pass this test.

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    salvation

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    IT WILL BE AWESOME TO HAVE THE ANSWERS TO REALIZE WHAT I HAVE DONE BAD OR GOOD.I AM FRUSTRATED.

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    brneze

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    OK I need some help please, I took the nclex twiced and failed. I need some help as how to study and what materials can i get to help me to pass. thanks grandma

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    umpleby

    over 4 years ago

    134 comments

    whhhhooooo the V The NCLEX test ready ready ready

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    Account Removed

    almost 5 years ago

    This article has nothing to offer, and your stats are old

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    winkinsphinx

    almost 6 years ago

    8 comments

    I hope I can pass Nclex too...

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    jonathan822

    almost 7 years ago

    16 comments

    good to know the test is.

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