Piece of Cake or Worst. Test. EVER. Passing the NCLEX-RN® Exam
By: American Nurses Association
NCLEX At a Glance
In order to practice nursing in the United States, it’s necessary to become licensed. To become licensed, you must first pass this national exam.
The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam) determines if it’s safe for you to begin as an entry-level nurse. Nursing school exams are most often knowledge based, but the NCLEX-RN® is more critical thinking. It tests application and analysis, and you need to use the knowledge you learned in nursing school to make nursing judgements.
It’s a pass-fail, computer-adaptive test (CAT) and you’ll answer a minimum of 75 questions and a maximum of 265 questions. There are 15 experimental questions that don’t count. (Exam administrators use them to “test” future exam questions). There’s no time limit for questions, but you have six hours to complete the exam.
Your exam ends when:
- You demonstrate minimum competency (or not) within the first 75 questions
- You answer the maximum number of 265 questions
- Your six hours are up
Your state board of nursing notifies you of your pass-fail results usually two to four weeks after your test date. If you fail, relax, retesting is usually allowed 45 days after your first test, depending on the state.
NCLEX Prep, Practice, & Previews
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(Major source-Kaplan: https://www.kaptest.com/nclex/what-is-the-nclex-rn)