The NCLEX® is designed to test the nursing candidate's knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of entry-level nursing. Passing the NCLEX-PN exam is required for initial recognition as a licensed practical/vocational nurse in the United States. Candidates must be granted approval by the individual state boards of nursing to take the NCLEX-PN exam.
The NCLEX-PN is designed to assess competency required for performing safe, effective nursing care expected from entry level graduates.
NCLEX-PN includes test items in the following content areas:
The full test plan is available on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website.
Each candidate answers a minimum of 85 questions or a maximum of 205 questions, depending on performance. The exam ends when it is determined with a 95% confidence interval that a candidate's performance is either above or below the passing standard. If a candidate has borderline performance for the majority of the examination, the test will automatically end at 5 hours or 205 questions, whichever comes first.
Any item formats, including standard multiple-choice items, may include multimedia, charts, tables, or graphic images
The NCLEX-PN is a computer-based adaptive exam. The NCLEX item selection software chooses each question to give the candidate about a 50% chance of answering each one correctly. The computer will not allow a candidate to proceed to the next question without answering the previous one. The test may end at any point when the algorithm determines that the candidate has met, or failed to meet, a statistical degree of certainty regarding clinical competency.
When competence above the passing standard is determined, the exam ends and the candidate passes. If it is determined that the candidate does not meet minimum competency, the exam ends and the candidate does not pass.
Many test takers dread test day. Test-taking anxiety is common and can affect anyone's performance, especially during such an important exam. A student may study carefully but still find it difficult to feel comfortable without intimate knowledge of the look and feel of the actual exam.
Everyone studies and learns differently; one study method may not work for everyone. When looking for study materials, students may feel time-pressured to choose the same resource as everyone else instead of finding one that fits their personal needs.
UWorld offers various NCLEX-PN Qbank subscription durations. This flexibility allows users to choose the one that is right for them and start their preparation according to their own timeline. UWorld's comprehensive product and versatile features give users everything they need to feel confident and ready on exam day.
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