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The Ultimate NCLEX Overview

The Ultimate NCLEX Overview

Passing the NCLEX exam is one of the most important steps en route to becoming a nurse. Though it is inevitable that it, like all exams, will make prospective nurses stressed and feeling overwhelmed, there are several important tips that may serve to mitigate these pressures.

First of all, It is important to remember that the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN are designed to test your ability to assess a patient’s medical condition and not your knowledge of every medical term involved. That being said, you should rely more on the assessments that you studied through your coursework rather than through practical experience. There are several terms that are important to review prior to the exam, but remember to concentrate on how these medicines/conditions relate to patient assessment. More comprehensive approaches to each term may waste value study preparation time.

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Exam Format

The NCLEX-PN is comprised of 205 questions and the NCLEX-RN has 265. Both tests are administered as computer adaptive tests (CAT). It is very important to remember that the questions you will be given adjust on a continuous basis. If you answer a question correctly, the next question will be more difficult than the last and vice versa. Most times the testing system shuts down before the test taker reaches the full amount of questions. If this happens, it is still possible to pass. Your final score reflects your baseline knowledge of nursing, so the first several questions are extremely important in determining your overall score. You will literally either sink or swim.

Exam Time

Five hours; individual questions are not timed.

Exam Content

The NCLEX-RN content areas are overlapping and somewhat vague. Each question focuses on specific Client Needs topics, while also assessing the Integrated Practices , or problem solving approaches, that nurses take while assessing these needs. The Client Needs topics are split into eight subcategories: Management of Care, Safety and Infection Control, Health Promotion and Maintenance, Psychosocial Integrity, Basic Care and Comfort, Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies, Reduction of Risk Potential, and Physiological Adaptation.

How to Apply

Applicants for the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN must send their applications to their state boards of nursing. Following acceptance of the application, candidates must set-up a specific exam time and place through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Next: The NCLEX Study Guide >>>


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    CNAguide

    about 1 year ago

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    I passed the NCLEX! It's actually a little easier than I had expected, but maybe that's because I got some tips at cnacertifiedtraining.com that really helped me on this test

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    maxleo

    over 2 years ago

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    I remember when I got the final exam for my associate degree in criminal justice, it had a very similar structure and I think it is the best way to obtain a good idea of what candidate knows. The first questions were very easy but the difficulty was increasing with every good answer. You need not to lose concentration and if you studied for the exam than everything will be OK.

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    rockdog

    almost 3 years ago

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    neerukp

    almost 4 years ago

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    Good One !! Thanks for posting tips for test takers

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    tida

    almost 4 years ago

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    i really need hel to pass this test I will be taking it very soon

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    yousuf

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I would like to have Nclex-PN practice test. See if you can do it.
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    oyin

    almost 5 years ago

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    pls i want to go for test in the college,to be able to know if nursing is what i need.can you tell me how the test go

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    tina3593

    almost 5 years ago

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    Does anyone know of a good study program for the RN nclex i've taken it twice and can't seem to pass it any help would be greatly appreciated

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    lwarda01

    almost 5 years ago

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    Does anyone know of a PN NCLEX review class? Kaplan doesn't have it. Thanks!

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    myriamc5

    about 5 years ago

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    I work with the federal government for 10 yrs and recently I decided to move on. BAD MOVE!! I do not have a CT nursing license therefore I can not work as a nurse yet. I took the NCLEX-RN 6months ago and didnt pass. I will be taking a KAPLAN before I try again. I been feeling anxious about the course and the test. Do you guys have any helpful hints on studying or preparing for the big testing day.

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