NCLEX and calculators

  1. Can anyone tell me if they are allowing the use of calculators on the NCLEX? It would seem to make sense. If you don't know how to set up the problem in the first place a calculator would do you no good.

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  3. by   KC CHICK
    I didn't have any med calculations on my NCLEX test.
    I was advised by the Kaplan instructors that it's not a very good thing if you get a calc question. Because of the way the test is structured, you are to answer questions based on a 'line of competency'. Calculation questions are considered to be below this line - critical thinking questions are usually above this line. The type of questions that are answered during the test have to prove that you have tested out above the competency line.
    If, however, you do have a calc question, calculators are provided at the testing facility.
  4. by   bassbird
    Thanks, that's good to know. The reason I ask is that my clinical instructor for Peds wanted to let us use calculators for our math test, but the rest of the faculty said it wasn't allowed because you can't use them for the NCLEX exam. Does anyone know where I could get verification from NCLEX that they are indeed allowed?
  5. by   kcsun3

    NCLEX implemented an onscreen, drop-down computer calculator you can use during the exam in April, 2001. Here's the link:

    Hope this helps!

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  6. by   NYCRN2
    Yes there is indeed a drop down calculator for use during the NCLEX. I had two questions involving calculations. I had 75 questions and I passed, so don't be too concerned that you are doing poorly if you get a question that involves using the calculator.

    If I were you I would just focus on the question in front of you and not how hard or easy it is.

    P.S. I took the Kaplan review and it was a complete waste of money.
  7. by   KC CHICK
    I agree....Kaplan sucks!!!
    Please forgive me for giving their instructors credit for telling me anything. It will never happen again. I promise.