NCLEX Facts to Know

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1) State doesn't matter. NCLEX is a national exam and therefore taking the test in California or Florida does not change the nature of the exam, the difficulty level, or the likelihood you will pass.

2) The number of questions on the exam does not matter unless you got 75 questions on the NCLEX-RN. If you got 75 questions, it means that either you were consistently below the passing standard and therefore failed the exam or that you were above the passing standard at least 50% of the time and therefore passed the exam.

3) Running out of time or getting 256 questions does not mean you failed. Getting 256 questions mean that you were consistently around the passing standard the entire length of the exam and either you passed or failed.

4) The types of questions you got, such as number of select all that apply questions cannot be used to judge whether you passed or failed. There can be alternative format questions of all levels.

5) The most accurate way to know that you passed to exam is to see your license number posted on your state board of nursing's website. The Pearson View Trick cannot be considered accurate.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

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:inlove: Love this post! Thank you!

Nurse Leigh

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Can we make this a sticky?

Or a MUST READ before posting in NCLEX forum?

CiaMia

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Kinda sad that this needed to be done LOL, but thank you!!

Lev, MSN, RN, NP

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Lots of questions on this forum can be answered by this post.

I_Am_Blessed

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I agree with this post. I passed NCLEX first time with 265 questions! Took me almost 6 hours... but I passed ;)

blongo

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1) State doesn't matter. NCLEX is a national exam and therefore taking the test in California or Florida does not change the nature of the exam, the difficulty level, or the likelihood you will pass.

2) The number of questions on the exam does not matter unless you got 75 questions on the NCLEX-RN. If you got 75 questions, it means that either you were consistently below the passing standard and therefore failed the exam or that you were above the passing standard at least 50% of the time and therefore passed the exam.

3) Running out of time or getting 256 questions does not mean you failed. Getting 256 questions mean that you were consistently around the passing standard the entire length of the exam and either you passed or failed.

4) The types of questions you got, such as number of select all that apply questions cannot be used to judge whether you passed or failed. There can be alternative format questions of all levels.

5) The most accurate way to know that you passed to exam is to see your license number posted on your state board of nursing's website. The Pearson View Trick cannot be considered accurate.

Totally agree with #5. PVT was not accurate in my case!

Lev, MSN, RN, NP

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Hello people, can anyone tell me what book or study (practice) questions helped them the most? I have Kaplan Question Trainer, Lacharity Priority and Delegation, and Davis practice questions (1200, but about ten years old). Any suggestions. Thanks . Also out of school for almost a year, I had some work, family, and personal things going on. So now just getting my head on straight and I'm worried. maybe taking the test at the end of March or beginning of April. 1st time taking the test.

Begging for some guidance and help.

email me at: briantbezilla @ gmail

Any help would be appreciated.

Lev, MSN, RN, NP

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Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner. Has 10 years experience.
Hello people, can anyone tell me what book or study (practice) questions helped them the most? I have Kaplan Question Trainer, Lacharity Priority and Delegation, and Davis practice questions (1200, but about ten years old). Any suggestions. Thanks . Also out of school for almost a year, I had some work, family, and personal things going on. So now just getting my head on straight and I'm worried. maybe taking the test at the end of March or beginning of April. 1st time taking the test.

Begging for some guidance and help.

email me at: briantbezilla @ gmail

Any help would be appreciated.

Every person will tell you that different things worked for them. In general, you need a solid content base, a study plan, and lots of practice with NCLEX style questions (especially the select all that apply and priority questions) to be successful.

Lev, MSN, RN, NP

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Bump again.