How to Pass the NCLEX-RN Exam

Instructor: Leah Salyer
The NCLEX-RN exam is known to be a challenging test. Fortunately, with a clear understanding of what to expect on the test, how to study for it and how to be as prepared as possible for test day, you have a great chance of success.

Preparing for the NCLEX-RN Exam

There are a variety of ways to prepare for this exam in order to have the best outcome possible. These options are outlined below.

Use Available Resources

To best prepare for this exam, you will need to study by using as many resources available to you as possible. Make sure you check out online practice tests/questions that also include the correct answers so you can check your work.

Use Prep Courses

Study.com has some valuable resources that may help when studying for the NCLEX-RN exam. These courses go over fundamental concepts that can be found on the NCLEX-RN exam. Use the built-in quizzes, chapter exams, and course exams to make sure you have a firm grasp of the information that's in each course. These courses can be used at anytime, anywhere and on devices like your computer, tablet, Ipad and smartphone.

Find a Partner

Consider locating a study partner that will hold you accountable for studying and who you can hold accountable. This will help keep you focused. Study partners also allow for a different approach to studying that may be beneficial.

Consider Using Apps

Search for any apps that go along with the NCLEX-RN exam. Apps like these allow you to study anywhere, at any time, which can be very convenient.

Find your Method

Keep in mind that what works for you and what works for others may not be the same thing. You may need to study a little at a time every day or cram a lot at one time. Find the method that gives you the best learning outcome and go with it.

Tips for Test Day

Everyone will be nervous and possibly overwhelmed on test day. The more prepared you are, the better. Follow the test day tips listed below to help you feel ready to perform once test day arrives.

Rest Up

In preparation for test day, it is recommended that you make sure you rest in the days before the exam, so you can begin your day with a fresh mind. Don't try to stay up late the nights before the test studying. Have a study plan ahead of time so you can avoid being overly tired on test day.

Don't Hurry

Make sure you get to the testing site early. It's recommended that you get there at least 30 minutes prior to the star of the exam. This will give you enough time to get acclimatized to the facility.

Focus on the Individual Questions

Try to relax and consider each question and answer. This test will not allow you to go back once you have answered a question, so you want to make sure that the answer you provide is the answer you wish to keep. Keep in mind that a right or wrong answer will change the direction of the test. A right answer may bump you up to higher-level questioning while a wrong answer may temporarily bring you down to a lower-level.

Remember Timing and Scoring

You will be testing for about six hours, so continue to work at your own pace throughout. Remember that this test is supposed to be difficult, and it's completely normal to feel like you're going to have a lot of wrong answers. Because this is a pass/fail test and not scored on a numerical system, you will know that you can still pass the test as long as you're continuing to get new questions from the computer. Some test-takers may pass with as few as 75 questions will others may need to answer as many as 265. It is important to remember that everyone is different.

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