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NCLEX FAQ

 1. What is NCLEX?
 2. What is NCLEX - RN?
 3. What is NCLEX - PN?
 4. Who develops/conducts NCLEX?
 5. Why NCLEX exam?
 6. Who can take NCLEX exam?
 7. What are the eligibility criteria for NCLEX exam?
 8. What is the registration process for NCLEX exam?
 9. Where are the international testing centers that can administer NCLEX?
 10. Will the NCLEX examination administered internationally be the same as the examinations administered domestically?
 11. Is each state's licensure exam different from the another?
 12. Where is the NCLEX examination administered?
 13. What are the components of the NCLEX RN examination?
 14. What is computerized adaptive testing (CAT)?
 15. What is the subject matter of NCLEX Exam?
 16. What is the Length and depth of the NCLEX Test?
 17. When are the results announced?
 18. What if I fail once in NCLEX exam?
 19. What about retaking the NCLEX exam?
 20. Why should I take up NCLEX Review Courses NCLEX RN test prep?
 21. What are Instructional resources/tutorials?
 22. How do these instructional resources/tutorials help a candidate?
 23. What are the main features of these instructional resources?
 24. Will I be able to go through the NCLEX RN test prep before buying the program?
 25. How do Mock Tests differ from Practice Tests?
 26. How long is the program valid?
 27. How many times can I review the content?
 28. Do you assist in applying for NCLEX RN exam?
 29. Do you refund the amount if I'm not satisfied with the test prep?
 30. Who do I contact if I have more questions?

1. What is NCLEX?

NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is an examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States, developed and conducted by NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing) Inc.
There are two types, the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN.
NCLEX-RN is for Registered Nurses and the NCLEX-PN is for Practical/ Vocational Nurses.
NCLEX examinations are provided in a Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) format and are presently administered by Pearson VUE in their network of Pearson Professional Centers (PPC).

2. What is NCLEX - RN?

NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse): All Boards of Nursing in states and territories of the United States require candidates to pass this exam for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

3. What is NCLEX - PN?

NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination - Practical Nurse): Passing the exam is required of candidates for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) by all US state and territorial Boards of Nursing.

4. Who develops/conducts NCLEX?

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops the licensure examination, National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®), which is used by member board jurisdictions to assist in making licensure decisions.

5. Why NCLEX exam?

To practice nursing in United States, candidates with adequate educational qualification have to pass the NCLEX-RN/NCLEX-PN exam that measures their competency as newly licensed, entry-level registered/practical nurses.

6. Who can take NCLEX exam?

Nursing candidates who are aspiring to pursue carriers as RN/PN in the United States can take up the NCLEX® exam.

7. What are the eligibility criteria for NCLEX exam?

In order to take the NCLEX exam, you must apply for a nursing license from your state board of nursing. That board will determine whether or not you meet its criteria for NCLEX examination-eligibility. You must then register to take the exam.

8. What are the eligibility criteria for NCLEX exam?

Once you've applied for a license from your state board of nursing, you will receive an NCLEX Examination Candidate Bulletin in the mail. You may then register with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's testing service by phone, or by filling out a mail-in registration form.
Once your state board of nursing has verified your eligibility to take the NCLEX exam, you will receive an Authorization to Take the Test (ATT), along with a list of testing centers and instructions for how to schedule an appointment to take the examination.

9. Where are the international testing centers that can administer NCLEX?

The countries and non-member board territories that currently administer the NCLEX Examinations are Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Taiwan.

10. Will the NCLEX examination administered internationally be the same as the examinations administered domestically?

Yes. The test specifications and passing standards are the same for all NCLEX examinations. The international test centers are required to meet the same security and test administration requirements as domestic test centers.

11. Is each state's licensure exam different from the another?

No, every member board jurisdiction (state) uses the NCLEX exam. There is no difference across jurisdictions - the same passing standard applies to all candidates from all jurisdictions.

12. Where is the NCLEX examination administered?

The NCLEX exam is administered by Pearson VUE, at over 200 Pearson Professional Centers located in the U.S., and in 18 international locations. Pearson VUE has been NCSBN's test vendor since October 2002.

13. What are the components of the NCLEX RN examination?

There are three sections to the NCLEX RN exam:
  • A tutorial at the beginning which helps the candidates to understand the various types of question patterns which might appear for the exam.
  • The exam which is a Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) with a minimum number of 75 and a maximum number of 265 questions and 6 hour time duration.
  • A customer service survey that concludes the examination session.
After the tutorial, the examination is presented to the candidate. The candidate will continue to answer questions until a result is reached or the total time for the exam is exhausted (6 hours for the NCLEX-RN exam). The survey at the end of the examination is optional, but it is encouraged that candidates complete this for a feedback on their examination experience.

14. What is computerized adaptive testing (CAT)?

NCLEX examination is a Computerized Adaptive Testing designed to measure your skills and knowledge in relation to the demands of the job. Here each candidate's test is unique. During the CAT, the computer first asks a relatively easy question/item and if the candidate answers it correctly, the computer asks a harder question/item. As the candidate proceeds and answers correctly the questions get harder and harder. Same way if the candidate answers it incorrectly it gets easier.

15. What is the subject matter of NCLEX Exam?

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the NCLEX examination covers the following "categories of client needs":
Safe, Effective Care Environment
  • Management of Care
  • Safety and Infection Control
Health Promotion and Maintenance
  • Growth and Development Through the Life Span
  • Prevention and Early Detection of Disease
Psychosocial Integrity
  • Coping and Adaptation
  • Psychosocial Adaptation
Physiological Integrity
  • Basic Care and Comfort
  • Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies
  • Reduction of Risk Potential
  • Physiological Adaptation

16. What is the Length and depth of the NCLEX Test?

The NCLEX exam is a multiple choice exam which uses an interactive system called Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) to gauge your level of competence. RN candidates will answer a minimum of 75 questions, LPN candidates a minimum of 85 questions. After you have answered the minimum number of questions, the computer will attempt to access your level of competence.
If you are clearly above the passing standard at this time, you will pass; likewise, if you are clearly below the standard you will fail. If you are too close to the standard to allow a definitive result to be determined, you will continue to answer questions until a final assessment can be made. RN candidates may take a maximum of 265 questions, LPN candidates a maximum of 205.

17. When are the results announced?

Online results can be viewed within three working days after the exam through Pearson VUE, and approximately one month after taking the examination, the candidate will receive written results by mail.

18. What if I fail once in NCLEX exam?

If you fail the test, your state board of nursing will mail you a diagnostic profile that will outline both the areas of knowledge in which your performance was satisfactory and the areas in which it was not.

19. What about retaking the NCLEX exam?

Yes, you can retake the test as many times as you need to. The National Council's policy dictates that you wait at least 91 days before retaking the test. Individual state boards may impose other, stricter requirements as per their norms and policies.

20. Why should I take up NCLEX Review Courses NCLEX RN test prep?

NCLEX Review Courses has ingeniously designed and developed an online NCLEX RN test prep. This test prep will benefit aspiring Nurses from all over the world. The whole program comprises of 4 sections - tutorials/instructional resources, Diagnostic Test, Practice test and Mock tests. The content is presented in a simple and understandable language. Both Practice tests and Mock tests contain, multiple choice, select all that apply, fill in the blanks, questions with pictures and other alternative type questions. This product caters to the needs of the nurses from various levels by providing tutorials as well as tests and making this a unique product.

21. What are Instructional resources/tutorials?

The instructional resources/tutorials are developed after extensive research work done by various health care professionals. The content in the tutorial are NCLEX RN oriented, and have been reviewed by renowned editors and trainers from the industry. The tutorial consists of 5 main categories - Medical Surgical Nursing, Child Health Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Maternal and Newborn Nursing and Nursing Science and Fundamental Skills.

22. How do these instructional resources/tutorials help a candidate?

An international nurse would initially find it difficult to study for the NCLEX RN exam due to the differences in the practice of nursing and the various syllabuses used during their degree or diploma. This program would be a bridging program for international nurses who would like to pursue their career in US.

23. What are the main features of these instructional resources?

NCLEX RN test prep would benefit an entry level or an experienced foreign nurse from any part of the world to understand or revise the basics because all the topics are explained in a simple and understandable language. An audio inscription with each topic provides the benefit of classroom teaching. Each topic under the tutorials is explained with animations, graphics and images which help the candidate to understand the topic instantly.

24. Will I be able to go through the NCLEX RN test prep before buying the program?


25. How do Mock Tests differ from Practice Tests?

Mock tests are designed based on 2010 NCLEX RN test plan published by NCSBN. The number of questions selected from each category is strictly based on this plan and the candidate gets a chance of taking up a mock NCLEX RN exam. This boosts the candidate's confidence as well as reduces the anxiety while taking up the real NCLEX RN exam. While in Practice Tests, the candidate has the flexibility to choose the number of questions, the topic, the difficulty level, the cognitive level, the content area and this bolster their performance by practicing till the candidate achieves a set target.

26. How long is the program valid?

The test prep is valid for a period of 6 months, commencing from the day a candidate completes the entire registration process.

27. How many times can I review the content?

The candidate can review the topics any number of times within the 6 month time limit.

28. Do you assist in applying for NCLEX RN exam?

This program provides 100% guidance to get trained & prepare the candidate to appear for the examination.

29. Do you refund the amount if I'm not satisfied with the test prep?

If the candidate wishes to discontinue with the online program at any point of time during the training, the program cost would not be refunded.

30. Who do I contact if I have more questions?

You can email us at enquiry@nclexreviewcourses.com



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