NCLEX exam?

  1. I would like to know if the nclex exam is the same across the united states.
    In other words...a student nurse in north dakota will have the same NCLEX exam as a student nurse in florida?
    Sorry if this is a stupid question.
    THanks ya''ll.
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  3. by   rn4ever?
    Yes, it is the same NCLEX exam no matter where you take it---may it be in the US, Saipan, Guam, Hong Kong, Taiwan or elsewhere where it's available.

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    I would like to know if the nclex exam is the same across the united states.
    In other words...a student nurse in north dakota will have the same NCLEX exam as a student nurse in florida?
    Sorry if this is a stupid question.
    THanks ya''ll.
  4. by   JentheRN05
    No it is not the same. It will vary from person to person. The questions come from a bank of questions. So if your thinking of getting hints/test questions from a friend in another state, in hopes it will help. It won't.
  5. by   Elisheva
    My class (94) took the first computerized NCLEX. We were told that each of us would essentially have a different test because how we responded to a question would determine which question the software pulled next. If you gave an "iffy" answer, you might have to answer 4-5 more questions in the same vein to determine if you just misunderstood the original question or if you didn't know the material.

    Things have probably changed since, but each of my classmates finished the tests in different amounts of times and with different questions.
  6. by   neetnik461
    elisheva wrote:

    My class (94) took the first computerized NCLEX. We were told that each of us would essentially have a different test because how we responded to a question would determine which question the software pulled next.
    I took the NCLEX fall of '05 and the test is essentially the same as you described. No two tests are exactly alike.
  7. by   rn4ever?
    Thanks for the input. I know that it varies from person to person and depends on your previous answer. What I meant was that it's the same in the sense that there's no easier place to take the exam. Because some people have the notion that if you take it in a certain country or place, the exam or the questions in the exam are easier to answer.
  8. by   Elisheva
    No, I don't think the test can be any easier due to a specific geographic location. The test results completely depend on how you answer each question. The test is geared to throw more questions at you regarding a specific subject if you don't do well on the initial question. Therefore, the ease or difficulty of the test depends almost solely on the test taker, not the location of the test taker.
  9. by   Elisheva
    pat, just another note. It would be unfair to nurses in all other locations if the test were easier in a couple of locations. The state boards of nursing require a certain level of knowledge - a standard of practice - regardless of location. Having a test that is easier or harder depending on location would mean that some nurses could be less qualified than others and still pass the boards. Wouldn't be fair and it wouldn't be safe for patients.

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