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How many questions did you pass the NCLEX with?


I'm curious to know.

quiltynurse56, LPN, LVN

Specializes in LTC and Pediatrics. Has 3 years experience.

People pass between anywhere from the minimum to the maximum. You can't base how many questions you might receive based off of how many questions other people had. In the end, it is the passing or failing that counts. No on has asked me how many questions I had to answer to pass the NCLEX. All they care about is that I have a nursing license.


Specializes in Stepdown, PCCN. Has 10 years experience.

There are, I'm sure, about a hundred threads about how many questions people got and how they studied. Since it has been thoroughly discussed, you might find some really good information if you search it.

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JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Statistical average is around 120 for US educated applicants. All statistics are readily available on the NCSBN website.

Thanks and yes, I know that the important factor is passing. Of course a person wouldn't just take a test for the number of questions it had. I was just curious to know about the questions. I do understand that regardless of the questions, if you don't get the license you haven't got squat. I hear so many people say, "I only had 76 questions" or "I had 126 questions." So, uh, yeah...I asked.


Specializes in Medical-Surgical/Float Pool/Stepdown. Has 6+ years experience.

75...and I was sweating it and thought I failed miserably!

That's great! I'm glad you got through it. I pray I can do the same.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

NCLEX-PN, 2005: I passed with the 85-question minimum.

NCLEX-RN, 2010: I passed with the 75-question minimum.

I entered both exams well-prepared to lessen the chances of having to sit at the testing center in front of a computer screen for several hours.


Specializes in LTC, Rural, OB. Has 3 years experience.

76 in 45 minutes...got to go back to my hotel room and nap for a few hours before I had to check out and drive 3 hours home.


Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB. Has 30 years experience.

Thread moved to NCLEX forum.

emtb2rn, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency. Has 21 years experience.

75 in 41 minutes with 23 sata. Well prepared, thought it was easy, knew i passed when the screen went black.

Having followed this board for years, I bet I've seen someone who could say they had every possible number of questions. For PN, that would be 120 people with every quantity of questions between min and max, and for RN, 190 people with every quantity of questions between min and max.

I'll save the trouble of all of them posting, LOL, and say that much :)


Specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

Who cares?

FTR, I took NCLEX-RN when it was called state boards, and you had to take the test over a two day period. I think there were about 800-1000 questions. I didn't count. You had to answer ever single question; no answering 75 questions in 45 minutes and out the door.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

I did 75 Q's in 21 minutes. Thought I'd failed but no. My mom did it just like OCNRN63 and tells me we have it too easy. Boards were 2x year and you waited forever to know your results. In this day and age, most would be too impatient to wait ☺

nurse pocahontas

Specializes in pediatrics.

I passed the nclex with 265 questions. I received every last one!


Specializes in Labor and Delivery.

78 questions in an hour. I thought I failed, but I passed. I will give a shout out to UWORLD. I really felt like they prepared me the most for the NCLEX.

My best friend took the State Boards many years ago when it was a 2 day affair, with 1000 questions, and 6 week waiting period to know if you passed. Thank goodness we don't have to wait that long anymore!

Here is an interesting read on Computer Adaptive Testing. https://www.ncsbn.org/InFocus_Spring2014.pdf Read "Pencils Down, Booklets Closed".

I took NCLEX-PN in '89, 2 day affair with pencil/paper. I don't recall how many there were, as I had to answer all of them, then wait up to 6 weeks for the thick or thin envelope.

I took the NCLEX-RN in 2000, passed in 75 Q. I think I got the results in 2 weeks.

You youngins would be tossing yourselves into oncoming traffic if you had to wait 6 weeks...

I had the minimum 75 questions and was so nervous I failed! They say the more select all that apply questions you get the better you are doing... I should have know because just about the last 20 questions were SATA! To stay same and focused I had to ignore the number of questions I had done and just focus on my q&a