nclex total questions

  1. how many questions for nclex cat test, what is the maximum time period for that.
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  3. by   yeppy25
    An NCLEX-RN exam can be anywhere from 75 to 265 items long. The length of your exam is determined by your responses to the items but the maxium time period for the exam is 360minutes(6hours)
  4. by   AndiG99
    What exactly is meant by "The length of your exam is determined by your responses to the items?" I'm one of those in-depth, detail-it-to-death people and am now afraid I'll be making more work for myself!
  5. by   Rbike
    The length of the exam is determined by your responses to the items, means that it depends on how much time you take per question. The 6 hour time limit is the maximum amount of time that you have to finish the test. The test bases it's next question on the answer that you just submitted. So, if you take thirty seconds or five minutes on one question, it doesn't matter.
  6. by   staceylee67
    Some of these answers look a little confusing, I hope mine doesn't add to that confusion. But basically, if you answer a a question correctly, the next question gets a little harder. Answer it wrong and the next question gets easier. Obviously you need to stay above a certain "line" for the majority of the questions. (I can't make you a graphic here, but maybe you can find one.).
    If you keep anwering correctly most of the time thereby getting the harder questions, the test will shut off at 75 or so. Get more of them wrong, thereby getting easier questions, and you have to keep answering questions to "prove" you can pass. Now, just because it shuts off at 75 that does not mean you pass. Just because you take the whole test does not mean you fail. I think most people are in the middle as far as how many questions they had to answer.
    I will add that I took the LVN test on paper, then 7 years later took the computer test for my RN, so despite my "15 years experience" I have taken the computer test.
    Last edit by staceylee67 on Feb 16, '07 : Reason: wanted to add something.
  7. by   whitecap1
    To add to this...certain types of questions are marked as "easy". missing an "easy" question knocks you down a few more notches. most of the math questions are marked as "easy", so try not to miss those. Not to say that they are actually easy, but the computer thinks they are. Like the others said, the questions get harder as you go along and once you show that you can get a certain number of "harder" questions right, the test shuts off. I wouldn't worry too much about the time limit. just try to take about a min. or less per question and you should be fine. the best advice is to relax and don't think too much into the question.
  8. by   princess_g63
    I am graduating in june...Yea!!!!! and I know the've added different formatted questions to the N-CLEX, i have one book that deals with them but it has only 250 questions. Does anyone know of a good practice site, or books with the new format? Me and my classmates would be so grateful..
  9. by   whitecap1
    I used a book called comprehensive review for the NCLEX-RN examination 3rd ed. by SAUNDERS....it was good. Actually the auther is linda anne silvestri, it is published by saunders. It has some fill in the blank questions and stuff. It also has a review of each topic before the quiz. I liked it.
  10. by   RNsRWe
    For those of you interested in NCLEX criteria, getting ready to take the exam, you really should check out the NCLEX Discussion Board on allnurses. The entire board is dedicated to helping on this subject. You probably won't even have to ask a question if you read through existing threads, there's so much already posted
  11. by   lahlee
    Quote from princess_g63
    I am graduating in june...Yea!!!!! and I know the've added different formatted questions to the N-CLEX, i have one book that deals with them but it has only 250 questions. Does anyone know of a good practice site, or books with the new format? Me and my classmates would be so grateful..

    Kaplan is really good, and so is Saunders the CD has a couple thousand questions I think. I just used those two.

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