Posted on May 19th, 2020 in NCLEX
So you’ve finished, or are about to finish Nursing School. Now comes a new challenge: The NCLEX Exam. This computerized examination will determine your fate as an RN, and will be the source of at least a few grey hairs. In this article, we will show you some resources at your disposal to ensure you pass your NCLEX. And not only pass, but do so in the minimum required 75 Correct Questions.
This seems like a no brainer, we know. But As tempting as it may be to take some time off and unwind a bit, you should start studying just a few days after you graduate. The information from school is still fresh in your mind, and you’ll be more likely to retain that information if you keep at it. Plus, the longer you put it off, the more likely you are to fall into a procrastination period.
If you’re going straight to work as a grad nurse, it will also help you in the field as you may need the information you studied last night at work the next day.
The NCSBN has a great pre-exam information portal that can familiarize you with the ins and outs of taking the actual exam. What you need to do before taking it, and what to expect during and after the NCLEX exam itself.
Knowing the logistics of the actual exam can help to relieve any pre-exam stress, and help you focus on the important part, the actual exam questions themselves.
The NCLEX has a maximum of 265 questions. And you will answer a minimum of 75 of them. The amount of questions you will have to answer is determined in real time based on your score and progress in the exam. You’ll want to purchase a few NCLEX study guides to help you get familiar with the type and structure of the questions.
Study & Review Guides can help you come up with a study plan based on your particular learning style and help you identify your weaknesses.
Since it’s next to impossible to know beforehand which questions you will receive, it’s a good idea to read and answer as many practice questions as you possibly can. The good news is, there are tons of free NCLEX practice questions available online. And a lot of the study guides available also have practice exams with hundreds of additional questions as well. Try doing a Google search for “NCLEX Practice Questions” and you’ll have more than enough to last a few days.
If you’re about to take your NCLEX Exam, might we suggest The Ultimate NCLEX Study & Survival Guide. It has everything you need to pass your exam in 75 questions.