Quote from Nrs_angie
What does it mean when I hear people saying they "passed with 75 questions"
??? Has anybody ever passed on the first time they took the boards??
Can anyone tell me what the new NCLEX-RN is like and what to study for it?
Thanks so much,
Angie, the NCLEX is an "adaptive" test, so the number of questions an individual gets depends on his/her performance. The minimum number of questions is 75, the maximum is 265. You are permitted a maximum of 6 hours to complete the test, including breaks. The computer program is designed to test until it can make a definite decision about whether your number of correct/incorrect responses on progressively more difficult questions is definitely above or below the passing standard.
So when someone says they "passed with 75 questions" ... they passed, and with the minimum number of questions. But their performance on the test is not necessarily "better" than someone who passed with a different number of questions. There was a thread recently suggesting one poster's idea that it might be useful to make the NCLEX some standard number of questions for all test-takers - the questions themselves could be random, but the number would be the same. Not a bad idea, considering how hung up we all seem to get about the number of questions!
In the big scheme of things, it's irrelevant.
Yes, many people pass on their first try. You can too.
Here's the website of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing - lots of clear information on there. www.ncsbn.org
As far as what to study ... are you just starting nursing school? You'll get lots & lots of info on studying for NCLEX as you progress.
Best of luck to you.