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The NCLEX is a comprehensive examination; it is designed to ensure that every nurse will possess the minimal amount of knowledge and skill necessary to be entrusted with the care of other individuals. While many people are overwhelmed by this huge undertaking, they need not despair. As with any exam, there are ways to maximize your performance when preparing for the NCLEX.

  • Become familiar with the format of the exam: The first thing a future nurse needs to know about preparing for this content-heavy test is that it requires a different approach than most standardized tests you have taken in college or high school. You will have six hours to answer all 265 questions on your exam – which may sound like plenty of time but can become very stressful as you work through each section! So start developing an effective strategy before heading into battle with these numbers (and nerves).

  • Know how many questions you will have to answer and what kind of questions they will be: There are two types of questions on your NCLEX, multiple choice and fill-in-the blank style ones that require an answer from one word up until five words long (or even more). You’ll have at least 75 but no longer than 265 questions per exam session – so make sure those fingers are warmed up because typing fast matters too when filling out forms and answering tests online!

  • Use process of elimination to remove wrong answers: This strategy might sound obvious at first glance, but many students don’t realize just how effective it can be for reducing stress levels during testing periods where every second counts as one less minute spent studying material instead! So here’s what we’re going do next time we’re faced with multiple options from which only one correct response exists among them all — start selecting each option until finding which doesn’t fit within context provided by previous selections made earlier (or later down road) during test taking

Become familiar with the format of the exam.

The Nclex-PN is a computer-based test (CBT), so you will be sitting at a desk and taking the exam on your own computer. You will be able to scroll down on your screen and see all of the questions for each section of the exam before you start taking it, but once you finish one question, it will move on to the next one without being able to go back or change your answer. This means that if there are multiple answers that are correct, you could miss questions simply because they were answered after another answer was selected.

The exam is adaptive as well; this means that depending on how many questions were answered correctly or incorrectly in previous sections of the exam, some questions may appear easier than others in terms of difficulty level. The idea behind an adaptive test is twofold: first, by only giving harder questions when someone answers more easily than expected (which indicates high knowledge level), we can be sure that we are testing what they really know rather than guessing at random; second, by giving easier questions when someone answers more difficultly (which indicates lower knowledge level), we can ensure that everyone has an equal chance at passing regardless of their starting competency level.

Know how many questions you will have to answer and what kind of questions they will be.

Be aware of how many questions you will have to answer, and what kinds of questions they’ll be. The Nclex is a computer-based test, which means that it’s not like a multiple choice or true/false test. Instead, you need to select the correct answer from four options (labeled A, B, C and D). You may only see one question per category (e.g., body systems) during your exam; however, there can be more than one question within each category. For example:

  • Body Systems: No more than 2 questions per body system

  • Medications: No more than 1 question per medication

Use process of elimination to remove wrong answers.

The first step to eliminating wrong answers is determining what you do and don’t know. If you’re unsure about any of the answer choices, you should eliminate these choices. If one of the options seems like it might be right, but you’re not sure, then it’s also likely to be wrong.

If you have used this process of elimination method during your studying process, then it will become easier for you when taking an exam such as the Nclex-RN Exam.

Read each question carefully.

Make sure to read each question carefully. This means reading the entire question, as well as each answer choice. As you do this, look for key words that indicate what is being asked and answered in the question. The correct answers will often contain these key words or phrases.

Make sure you understand what is being asked and what is being answered in a question. Don’t assume that because you know something, it must be a correct answer on this test! You may have great knowledge of anatomy but if all the answers are talking about performing surgery on someone’s leg, then knowing all about their bones won’t help you succeed on this test!

Develop the ability to read between the lines in order to find the best answer.

Reading the questions carefully and understanding their stems will help you get the best answer.

First, look at each stem to see if there is any information that could be used to eliminate wrong answers. If you can narrow down your choices based on what is stated in the stem, this is much more efficient than using process of elimination with all possible answers at once. When there are multiple correct answers for each question, this will also help eliminate them as possibilities—because they cannot all be correct!

For example: A patient has pain in his right arm and difficulty lifting it above his head. Which would be an appropriate next step? (A) order blood tests; (B) prescribe physical therapy; or (C) refer him to a neurologist?

This question has three possible answers: Order more bloodwork, Physical Therapy treatment, or referral to a neurologist. However, by reading between the lines and focusing on what is actually stated about who needs these treatments/referrals for their symptoms (in this case), we can narrow down our choices since only one of those options fits that description perfectly: “refer him” means sending him elsewhere; ordering more tests wouldn’t address any issues related directly with his arm pain nor would physical therapy necessarily help if he’s unable to lift up his arm at all!

Practice your test-taking skills and time yourself so that you can give yourself only an allotted amount of time per question, which is all you’ll have on the actual exam.

Taking practice tests is an important step in preparing for the NCLEX exam. In addition to practicing your test-taking skills, it’s also important that you time yourself so that when the real test day comes around, you’ll know how much time to give yourself per question.

Whenever you take a standardized exam like the NCLEX or GRE (Graduate Record Examination), there are certain strategies that can help increase your odds of success by giving yourself enough time but not too much. For example, if an answer choice seems obviously wrong but doesn’t match any other choices on the test question—and especially if this answer choice seems completely off base—it might be a good idea to eliminate it right away so that you can move on and focus on answering more questions instead of spending valuable minutes going back through each one once again just trying to determine which option is correct and which ones aren’t!

It’s important for both new graduates entering into healthcare fields as well as licensed professionals looking for additional certifications or licenses within their current field of work.”

NCLEX is hard, but there are plenty of ways to maximize your performance

NCLEX is hard, but it is not impossible.

NCLEX is not a test of knowledge, it is a test of critical thinking and problem solving.

NCLEX is a test of your ability to apply knowledge to situations.


As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can increase your chances for success on the NCLEX. If you feel like you’ve been practicing as much as possible but still aren’t confident that you’ll pass on your first attempt, consider enrolling in a review course. These courses can have hundreds of practice questions and even mock exams to help prepare you for the real thing. At the end of the day, remember that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it and work hard enough.