Types of NCLEX Questions and How They Are Written (2024)

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As you prepare to sit for your National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the last step to becoming a professional nurse, it’s important to understand what types of questions you’ll be answering on the day of your test.

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The questions, also called test items, are written to evaluate your knowledge, skills, and ability to provide safe care for clients. As you begin to study, the content and range of topics can seem challenging. But with practice -- and patience -- you’ll learn how to break down the questions, look for clues, and gain confidence about your answers.

Bloom’s taxonomy: The model used to write NCLEX test items

Bloom’s taxonomy is a three-part model that classifies learning objectives and skills into six levels. It’s a model similar to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; each level depends on the one below it and all levels are necessary to reach the top. NCLEX uses the cognitive domain model, which is knowledge-based. There are also affective domain (emotion-based) and psychomotor domain (action-based) models.

The taxonomy has been around since 1956, when Benjamin Bloom, an educational psychologist at the University of Chicago, established six classifications of objectives and skills that could help educators design and assess learning. The taxonomy was updated in 2007 to reflect current practice:

  • In order to understand an idea or process, you must first remember.
  • To apply an idea or process, you will need to understand .
  • Before you can evaluate an idea or process, you’ve got to analyze .
  • To create new ideas and projects, you’ll perform an extensive evaluation.

Types of NCLEX Questions and How They Are Written (1)
Updated Bloom’s Taxonomy (2007) Reference: Courses.dcs.University of Wisconsin

All NCLEX questions are based on the cognitive domain of the taxonomy for writing and coding test items. NCSBN, the organization that oversees NCLEX, states, “Since the practice of nursing requires application of knowledge, skills and abilities, the majority of items are written at the application or higher levels of cognitive ability, which requires more complex thought processing.”

How will Bloom’s taxonomy look on NCLEX?

NCLEX is designed to determine if you are able to practice nursing at an entry level. You’ll be expected to use your education and clinical experience to analyze situations and apply critical thinking skills to provide safe care for clients.

Here are how the taxonomy levels might look on NCLEX questions, along with some key words that can help identify the type of question:

Remembering: Recalling information from your nursing classes. This is simple memorization. Examples: Normal vital signs or anatomical names.

Which of the following indicates hypokalemia?

  1. 2 mEq/L
  2. 6 mEq/L
  3. 0 mEq/L
  4. 4 mEq/L

Answer: 1. The normal potassium level in the blood is 3.5-5.0 milliEquivalents per liter (mEq/L). Hypokalemia is a low potassium level.

Look for these words: List, name, recall, match, define, order.

Understanding: Constructing meaning from information by interpreting, comparing, or explaining. You understand what you have remembered -- and WHY. Example: Knowing how to choose the correct needle size for an injection.

A common complication of cirrhosis of the liver is prolonged bleeding. Which vitamin is likely to be administered to alleviate this condition?

  1. Vitamin A
  2. Vitamin C
  3. Vitamin E
  4. Vitamin K

Answer: 4. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that depends on liver function for absorption. If levels are low, the client will need to have it administered in order to produce prothrombin.

Look for these words: Describe, explain, select, identify, select, interpret.

Applying: Using previously-acquired knowledge, facts, or techniques to carry out a procedure and to solve problems in new situations. Examples: Dosage calculations, Maslow’s Hierarchy, human growth and development stages, and procedural steps.

The provider orders 1L of 0.9% NS to be infused over 8 hours. The drop factor for the tubing is 10 gtts/mL. How many gtts/min should the nurse administer?

  1. 5 gtts/min
  2. 125 gtts/min
  3. 21 gtts/min
  4. 210 gtts/min

Answer: 3. To calculate a drip rate, divide the total volume in mL by the time in minutes. Then multiply that quotient by the drop factor in gtts/mL. For this question: 1000 mL÷480 minutes = 2.08. Round up to 2.1. Then 2.1 x 10 gtts/mL=21 gtts/min. The other calculations are incorrect.

Look for these words: Calculate, solve, predict, choose, determine, perform, prepare, sequence.

Analysis: Breaking down information into its components to determine a solution or to find a cause and effect. Examples: Client teaching, recognizing symptoms of a condition, or reviewing data from a medical record.

The mental health nurse is giving a presentation at a community center on domestic/spousal abuse. Which one of the following is a risk factor?

  1. Having a large circle of good friends.
  2. Being over the age of 30.
  3. Witnessing domestic abuse as a child.
  4. Attaining a higher level of education.

Answer: 3. Risk factors for domestic/spousal abuse include: Alcohol or drug abuse; low-income or poverty level; being under age 30; an unplanned pregnancy; witnessing domestic violence as a child; history of abuse as a child; and history of abusive relationships. A higher education level and a large circle of friends reduce the risk, but do not eliminate it.

Look for these words: Examine, determine, compare, detect, calculate, categorize, investigate.

Evaluating: Coming to the best solution, based on sound criteria, evidence, or protocols. Using data from analysis, form an opinion. Example: Client status after treatment or interventions, task delegation, or verifying client teaching.

The RN on a busy pediatric unit is making shift assignments. Which patient is most appropriate for a new graduate nurse?

  1. A 3-year-old with hemophilia B who has suddenly become less responsive.
  2. A 13-year-old with sickle cell disease c/o lower right quadrant abdominal pain.
  3. A 7-year-old who had a T & A 2 hours ago and is now swallowing frequently.
  4. A 12-year-old newly diagnosed with T1D whose parents need education on insulin.

Answer: 2. A new graduate nurse can safely assess pain for a patient with sickle cell disease, as well as administer pain medication. The patient with hemophilia who has become less responsive must be assessed for a possible intracerebral bleed and prompt intervention. The post-operative patient who is swallowing frequently may be bleeding, requiring assessment by an experienced nurse. Accurate teaching about insulin is crucial, because it is “high-alert” drug that the patient’s parents must learn to manage.

Look for these words: Support, relate, contrast, justify, grade, evaluate, determine, rank.

Create: This final level of Bloom’s taxonomy isn’t part of NCLEX-PN. For NCLEX-RN candidates, it applies to learning and using all knowledge and experience to create something new. Examples: A plan of care or a quality improvement project.

A critical pathway is an important tool to manage the quality of care for a client. As part of this, variance analysis is used to recognize and intervene when a client’s care doesn’t follow the expected progress. What is the time frame for variance analysis during hospitalization?

  1. Continuously from admit
  2. Every 12 hours
  3. Daily during rounds
  4. At day of discharge

Answer: 1. A clinical pathway is a plan of care with details of the essential steps that organize and sequence the interventions for a diagnosis. Variance analysis is the difference between actual and planned behavior. Variance analysis is ongoing, from the time of admit or start of treatment, to identify and alter any events or situations that can adversely affect the outcome for the client.

Look for these words: Plan, propose, develop, modify, prepare, design, manage, specify, create.

How will these questions be presented on NCLEX?

For both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN, NCSBN states, “The practice of nursing requires application of knowledge, skills and abilities; therefore, the majority of items are written at the application or higher levels of cognitive ability.”

No matter the level on Bloom’s taxonomy, the test items will be one of the following formats:

Multiple Choice: About 80-90% of the questions will be standard multiple-choice questions. There is a situation or scenario that gives some information, called the “stem” of the question. Often it may include a phrase such as, “Which of the following” or “What is the most appropriate” or “What should the nurse do?” There may also be important key words, like FIRST, BEST, MOST, EXCEPT, BUT, MAY. A multiple choice question has four choices. There is always the correct answer, plus three other options, called “distractors.”

Hint: After carefully reading the stem, try to think of the answer before looking at the options. Choose the option that is the best match to what you thought of. If needed, go back to the stem and look for clues in the client’s age, diagnosis, ethnicity, or treatment.

Remember, there is ONE correct answer. Don’t overthink the question or wonder “what if.” You only have the information you’ve been given, which is sufficient to calculate what’s needed.

After a spontaneous abortion at 13 weeks’ gestation, a client reports for a follow-up at the OB/GYN clinic. The nurse observes that the client is crying. What is the nurse’s best response?

  1. “These things happen for a reason. The baby was probably deformed.”
  2. “It’s hard right now. But you’re young and will get pregnant again soon.”
  3. “This must be a really difficult time for you. Tell me what you’re feeling.”
  4. “At least you already have other children. I’m sure they are a comfort.”

Answer: 3. The nurse should not try to minimize the client’s loss. Offering platitudes, such ss having another pregnancy, show a lack of compassion. Ask the client how she is feeling and how she is coping. Observe for signs of depression and report them to the provider as indicated.

Alternate Test Item Formats

Between 10-20% of NCLEX test items will be presented in alternate formats. It’s wise to learn a little about each of them so that you’re not surprised. Although they seem different, each still covers the knowledge and experience you have now as a new graduate nurse.

Multiple-Response: These questions are similar to multiple choice, but there are four or more options, with two or more correct answers. You’re required to choose all the correct answers in order to get credit for the question. These are also called “Select all that apply” or SATA questions.

Hint: Read the stem carefully to determine what you are supposed to be looking for. Because there will be more than one correct answer, think about possibilities. For example, a SATA question might be about clinical indications of a disease, side effects of a medication, discharge instructions to a client, community education, or safety and care standards.

After you have selected all the correct responses, go back and look at the options you did not select, to be sure they are incorrect. There is no partial credit for SATA test items; they are either right or wrong.

Which of the following are signs and symptoms of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

  1. Tenderness
  2. Dyspnea
  3. Warmth
  4. Hemoptysis
  5. Swelling
  6. Redness

Answers: 1,3,5,6. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. These clots usually develop in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis, but can also occur in the arm. Signs and symptoms include: Pain or tenderness, warmth, swelling, and redness. It is important to note that up to 50% of clients will not experience any symptoms. Dyspnea and hemoptysis are indications of a pulmonary embolism (PE).

Hot-Spot: These questions ask you to identify a specific type of location, such as an assessment area on the torso, an injection site, or a spot on an ECG strip. There will be a photo or diagram, with directions such as: “Identify the location…” or “Select the spot…”

After reading the question, you will place the cursor over the area you are selecting and left-click to make a red “X.” If you change your mind, move the cursor to a different spot and left-click again to erase the first “X” and create a new one.

Fill-in-the-Blank: To do a calculation like a medication dosage or IV drip rate, you will solve the problem using a calculator, a handheld device, or paper and pencil. Then you will type in your answer. The question stem will include information about measurement units, how many decimal places, and if you should round up the answer. If you do not enter a number, the computer will prompt you to “enter a numeric answer” in order to proceed.

Chart or Exhibit: In these test items, the stem is based on data from a client’s chart, often with tabs for history and physical, prescriptions, lab results, vital signs, flow sheets, and progress notes. There will be a table and tabs to present the information. Using these data, you will answer questions after locating and analyzing what’s available in the chart.

If you get a chart or exhibit question, read the information in the tables carefully. Only use the data you’re provided. Take notes on paper or on the white board that the testing center provides.

Drag-and-Drop: Also called an Ordered-Response test item, you’ll be asked to rearrange information in a specified order. For example, the question may ask the priorities for client care or the steps in a procedure. There can be up to six items. As with the Multiple-Response questions, there is no partial credit. If one item is out of place, you will not get credit.

When you sit for your NCLEX, you’ll move the items from the left side of the screen to the right side. You can rearrange them until you feel you have the correct order, then click “submit.”

Graphic Option: These are similar to Multiple Choice test items, except there are images instead of a written stem. You may see drawings, photos, or figures, with a question asking you to identify the correct response or responses. Examples are identification of a client position or a type of traction. To select your answer, simply click on the box or circle by the correct image.

Audio and/or Video Clips: For these test items, you’re asked to click a “play” button to listen to or watch a short clip, then answer a question about your interpretation. Examples of audio clips include heart sounds, breath sounds, or some type of verbal communication. Video clips might include clinical situations or procedures, such as giving an injection. With both types of clips, you can replay as often as you need.

Building Your NCLEX Strategy

This seems like a lot of information -- and you haven’t even started to study yet! An understanding of the NCLEX process can give you a solid foundation for moving forward. When you take practice tests, you’ll know the science behind each question, as well as how to recognize exactly what the question is about.

If you missed our article on NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN: What to Know Before You Study, take a few minutes to read it. It covers the NCLEX categories of client needs and the distribution of the questions by percentage. It also explains the Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) and how it will calculate your score when you sit for your exam.

To learn more about the NCSBN test plans, go to:

Types of NCLEX Questions and How They Are Written (2)

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Types of NCLEX Questions and How They Are Written (2024)

FAQs

Types of NCLEX Questions and How They Are Written? ›

The NCLEX - RN exam now comprises several different types of questions, including hot spots, fill-in-the-blank, drag-and-drop, order-response, and select-all-that-apply or multiple-response questions. These are referred to as alternative types of questions and have been added to better assess your critical thinking.

What are the 5 types of NCLEX questions? ›

The NCLEX - RN exam now comprises several different types of questions, including hot spots, fill-in-the-blank, drag-and-drop, order-response, and select-all-that-apply or multiple-response questions. These are referred to as alternative types of questions and have been added to better assess your critical thinking.

What are the different types of NCLEX exams? ›

1 | There Are Two Types of NCLEX Examinations

The NCLEX comes in two different forms. The NCLEX-PN evaluates aspiring practical nurses also known as licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses. The NCLEX-RN tests registered nursing candidates.

How many different NCLEX questions are there? ›

A test-taker will see a minimum of 60 questions and a maximum of 145 questions on the NCLEX-RN and PN. Each of the tests will also include 15 experimental questions that do not count in scoring.

What type of questions are considered hard on NCLEX? ›

Analysis, synthesis and evaluation questions would be considered higher-level NCLEX questions. Synthesis questions are based on creating or proposing solutions, such as a plan of care.

What are high priority questions on NCLEX? ›

Use the ABCs: Remember the ABCs of patient care – Airway, Breathing, and Circulation. These are the top priorities in any patient situation, so always address these needs first.

What are the 8 NCLEX categories? ›

NCLEX comprises eight main client need categories: Management of Care, Safety and Infection Control, Health Promotion and Maintenance, Psychosocial Integrity, Basic Care and Comfort, Pharmacology, Reduction of Risk, and Physiological Adaptation.

What is the hardest part of the NCLEX? ›

Let's look at the 16 most common challenges NCLEX candidates face and ways you can overcome them.
  1. Second-Guessing Your Abilities. ...
  2. Changing Answers Repeatedly. ...
  3. Reading Questions Too Fast. ...
  4. Cramming Before the Test. ...
  5. Not Using the Right Study Tools. ...
  6. Not Getting Enough Rest Before the Test. ...
  7. Reading Too Much into a Question.

Which state NCLEX is the hardest? ›

None. There is no “easy” state to take the NCLEX. The NCLEX is a national exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Because it's national, the NCLEX will be the same regardless of what state you choose to take it in.

What are the 3 NCLEX pass or fail decision rules? ›

There are three pass/fail rules for the NCLEX examinations: the Run-Out-Of-Time rule, the Maximum-Length Exam Rule and the 95-Percent Confidence Interval Rule.

How many questions do I need to get right on the NCLEX to pass? ›

Failing the test can result in not answering the minimum amount of 70 questions within the allotted time. You can answer the first 69 questions correctly, but you will automatically fail the exam if you don't reach number 70.

How many questions can you get wrong on NCLEX and still pass? ›

To pass the NCLEX RN or PN, test takers must correctly answer at least 85 questions (the minimum amount). Unfortunately, that means you can also fail the exam within those 85 questions or items.

How many practice questions should I do a day for NCLEX? ›

Practice Questions: Set a Goal

We recommend that you complete about 2,800 practice questions before your exam. If you are giving yourself a month to study, that means that you would be doing about 100 NCLEX practice questions per day.

Can you pass the NCLEX with 50% of questions right? ›

The NCLEX is scored using dichotomous scoring, so you can either pass or fail the exam. Currently, to pass the NCLEX-RN, the standard is 0.00 logits–or answer questions correctly at least 50% of the time.

What does it mean if you get 145 questions on NCLEX? ›

Does 145 questions on NCLEX mean you failed? No, if you answer all 145 questions on the NCLEX, that does not mean you fail. In fact, if you answered 145 questions and each question was progressively more challenging, then that is a good sign that you passed.

Does the last question on NCLEX matter? ›

If the last question is below the level of difficulty needed to pass, the candidate fails. If the last question is above the level of difficulty needed to pass, the candidate passes.

What is a good indicator you passed NCLEX? ›

WHAT ARE THE GOOD SIGNS YOU PASSED NCLEX IN 2023?
  • You feel confident about the exam. ...
  • You answered questions during NCLEX prep that were very similar to questions on the NCLEX. ...
  • You took an NCLEX-prep class and did well in the class. ...
  • You scored well on the NCLEX Predictor Test.

How do you know if you passed the NCLEX right away? ›

Upon completion of your NCLEX, if your nursing regulatory body participates in the Quick Results Service, you can access unofficial results two business days after the exam. Official results will be sent to you by your nursing regulatory body approximately six weeks after your NCLEX exam date.

How do I choose the best answer on NCLEX? ›

You must always figure out what the question is asking, and you must always eliminate answer choices. Choosing the right answer often involves choosing the best of several answers that have correct information. This may entail your correct analysis and interpretation of what the question is really asking.

How to get 75 questions on NCLEX? ›

How to Pass the NCLEX with 75 Questions in One Attempt
  1. Stop Stressing.
  2. Don't Cram.
  3. Review an NCLEX Strategy Guide.
  4. Use Your Nursing School Notes.
  5. Review Questions and Take Practice Tests.
  6. NCLEX Prep Resources and Tools.
  7. Study, But Don't Over Study.
  8. Focus on Your Problem Areas.
Sep 30, 2022

What is the largest section of the NCLEX? ›

This section of the test focuses on maintaining a proper care delivery setting and is divided into two subsections. 17–23 percent. This is the largest single subsection of the NCLEX. It's where you'll find questions about how to provide healthcare in the right way.

What is the passing score for the NCLEX 2023? ›

The 2023 passing standard for the NCLEX-RN is 0.00 logits and -0.18 logits for the NCLEX-PN. Want to Know the Secret to Passing the NCLEX®?

Which state is easier to pass NCLEX? ›

New Hampshire

New Hampshire boasts the highest NCLEX pass rate average in the U.S., over 14% higher than the national average. In 2022, five of the state's eight bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs reported first-time pass rates above 90%, including a 100% rate for Plymouth State University.

How many nurses fail the NCLEX the first-time? ›

What Are Your Chances Of Failing NCLEX-RN On The First Attempt? The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) reports 13.43% of NCLEX-RN candidates fail the exam on their first attempt. The number of unsuccessful test-takers is low compared to the more than 86% who pass the exam on their first try.

What is considered easy on NCLEX? ›

Easy questions on the NCLEX are questions that are lower on Bloom's taxonomy level. These are memorization style questions that do not require any critical thinking or application.

Is nursing school harder than NCLEX? ›

Unlike nursing school exams, which test for knowledge, the NCLEX tests your ability to apply and analyze situations using the nursing knowledge you gained in school. Logic and critical thinking, rather than rote memorization, are emphasized in this test—making it much more difficult and comprehensive.

What is the pass rate for NCLEX? ›

Falling Pass Rates

Pass rates continued to decline in 2022, with an average pass rate of 80.9% opens in a new tab or windowfor all first-time U.S.-educated candidates, and a rate of 66.6% for all candidates, based on a dataset that excludes the fourth quarter of the year.

What state is the easiest to become a nurse? ›

Easiest states to become a nurse – Length of licensing process
  • Maine: 1-2 weeks.
  • Maryland: 2-3 days.
  • Missouri: 2 weeks.
  • Nevada: 1-2 weeks.
  • North Carolina: 1-2 weeks.
  • North Dakota: 1-2 weeks.
  • Texas: 2 weeks.
  • Vermont: 3-5 business days.

Is it bad to get all 145 questions on NCLEX? ›

Nope! And it does not mean you failed. Even at 75 questions can have a failed result.

What is the 95 confidence rule for NCLEX? ›

This rule is the most common for NCLEX candidates. The computer will stop giving items when it is 95% certain that your ability is clearly above or clearly below the passing standard.

Has anyone failed NCLEX at 145 questions? ›

While you can fail the NCLEX PN or NCLEX RN exam in 145 questions, it's unlikely. Most students are more prepared than they think, hence why most students pass the NCLEX exams.

Do the first 15 questions count on NCLEX? ›

The first fifteen questions are pretest items and are not used to score the exam and determine if a test-taker has passed the NCLEX-RN. Not all candidates will answer the maximum number of questions. However, everyone who takes the exam must complete a minimum of 75 questions.

What happens if you get all the questions on the NCLEX? ›

Maximum-length Exam Rule

If you end up answering the full 145 questions, that indicates that you're close to the passing standard, and the computer will keep giving you questions until you've reached the full number of possible questions.

What if the last question on the NCLEX was easy? ›

If the last question on the NCLEX was easy, it means you got a question that was easy or a topic you knew very well. While that could be a sign you passed, you won't know for sure until the official results are available.

What if you get all 265 questions on NCLEX? ›

If a student got all 265 questions, that would mean they are really straddling the competency line. The NCLEX algorithm is complicated, but it's a very smart, adaptive test. After you get past 75 questions, once it determines whether you're above passing or below passing, it will shut off.

What does it mean if the NCLEX shuts off at 85 questions? ›

When the NCLEX-RN shuts off at 85 questions, it means you either did very well or very poorly—enough so that the CAT model is 95% confident in your success or failure after only one-third of the possible 265 exam questions. Further, in an 85-question test only 70 questions are counted toward your passing score.

What is the bad email after NCLEX? ›

2. The “bad” email: You get a Candidate Performance Report (CPR) Candidate performance reports are only sent to people who failed the NCLEX, so if you get one emailed to you, then, unfortunately, you have not passed. This is 100% accurate.

Does the NCLEX start with easy questions? ›

The test starts easy and, as you answer questions correctly, gradually increases in difficulty. The NCLEX will ramp up the difficulty until you get a question wrong.

What is mostly on the NCLEX? ›

The NCLEX-RN® is composed of primarily multiple-choice, four-option, text-based questions written at the application/analysis level of difficulty. These questions may include charts, tables, or graphic images. There are three components of an NCLEX-RN® exam multiple-choice question.

How long should you spend on each NCLEX question? ›

Aim for 60 Seconds

Also, if it helps alleviate some pressure, remember that the NCLEX is set up so that you have a little more than one minute per question—1.3 minutes to be exact.

Is 90% chance of passing NCLEX good? ›

Specifically, nurse educators viewed students with predicted probabilities of passing the NCLEX-RN/NCLEX-PN greater than 90% as “on track” and therefore “low risk.” Nurse educators further categorized students with predicted probabilities of passing NCLEX-RN/NCLEX-PN between 80% and 89.9% as having “moderate need of ...

How many questions do you have to get right on NCLEX to stop at 75? ›

When the NCLEX-RN shuts off at 75 questions, it means you either did very well or very poorly—enough so that the CAT model is 95% confident in your success or failure after only one-third of the possible 265 exam questions. Further, in a 75-question test only 60 questions are counted toward your passing score.

How common is it to fail NCLEX in 75 questions? ›

Consequently, that means that about 15% of students will fail the NCLEX. How likely is it to fail NCLEX in 75 Questions? If the NCLEX shuts off at 75 questions, you likely passed the NCLEX. I say this because over 80% of nursing students will pass the NCLEX their first time.

What are considered hard questions on NCLEX? ›

Each category of questions requires an increasing level of critical thinking skills. Analysis, synthesis and evaluation questions would be considered higher-level NCLEX questions. Synthesis questions are based on creating or proposing solutions, such as a plan of care.

How do you find out if you passed NCLEX before 48 hours? ›

Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure if you have passed the NCLEX is to wait for your official results. Although it does not always happen, the Pearson Vue trick can give you a good pop-up even if you failed the NCLEX exam.

Can you find out your NCLEX results the same day? ›

NCLEX Quick Results are not available immediately. After you take the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN, you must wait at least two business days before attempting to obtain your Quick Results.

What is the new question format for NCLEX? ›

The NCSBN has introduced a new format for the NCLEX® exam set to launch in April 2023. The Next Generation NCLEX exam includes a new case study-based format and 15 new question types. The NGN Explainer videos offer a great overview, with visual representations of all the questions and item types!

What are SATA questions on NCLEX? ›

SATA (“select all that apply”, or “multiple response”) nursing questions require you to select all answer choices that apply from among five or six answer options. You must get all options correct (even if you miss one, it is considered wrong; there's no partial credit).

Can I pass NCLEX with 145 questions? ›

Does 145 questions on NCLEX mean you failed? No, if you answer all 145 questions on the NCLEX, that does not mean you fail. In fact, if you answered 145 questions and each question was progressively more challenging, then that is a good sign that you passed.

How many questions can you miss and still pass the NCLEX? ›

Failing the test can result in not answering the minimum amount of 70 questions within the allotted time. You can answer the first 69 questions correctly, but you will automatically fail the exam if you don't reach number 70.

How many of the 75 questions do you have to get right to pass the NCLEX? ›

To pass the NCLEX RN or PN, test takers must correctly answer at least 85 questions (the minimum amount). Unfortunately, that means you can also fail the exam within those 85 questions or items.

What are good signs of passing the NCLEX? ›

Answering more than 75 questions can also be one of the good signs you passed the NCLEX-RN. The computer adaptive testing format used on the NCLEX estimates your ability to test on more complicated questions based on previous answers and the level of difficulty of the earlier questions you answered.

How many questions should you answer before NCLEX? ›

We recommend that you complete about 2,800 practice questions before your exam. If you are giving yourself a month to study, that means that you would be doing about 100 NCLEX practice questions per day.

How do you ace NCLEX style questions? ›

8 Steps of NCLEX Question Analysis
  1. Read the whole question. ...
  2. Ask yourself first. ...
  3. Think about the types. ...
  4. Focus on each question answer. ...
  5. Decide if the answers are wrong, right, and possible. ...
  6. Rank your correct and possible options. ...
  7. Reread the question after choosing “finalists” ...
  8. Make a decision and don't look back.
May 3, 2022

Can NCLEX SATA be only one answer? ›

Select-all-that-apply (SATA) questions on the NCLEX can now include any number of correct responses. Only ONE option or up to ALL options may be correct.

Are SATA questions on the NCLEX all or nothing? ›

In multiple-response or select all that apply (SATA) questions, you will be required to select or check all the options that pertain to the question. No partial credit is given in the scoring of items, so you must select all correct answers for the item to be considered correct.

How do you tell if you passed the NCLEX early? ›

The only way you will receive your official results is through your nursing regulatory body. This takes place approximately six weeks after you take the NCLEX. Some things to note: If you have not received your results after six weeks, contact your nursing regulatory body.

What is the minimum passing score for NCLEX? ›

The number of questions on each NCLEX® exam will vary depending on how well you answer each question. The minimum number of questions is 75 and the maximum is 145. If you answer most of the questions correctly, then you could pass the test after answering only the minimum of 75.

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Birthday: 1999-08-12

Address: 3808 Moen Corner, Gorczanyport, FL 67364-2074

Phone: +393457723392

Job: Retail Consultant

Hobby: Jewelry making, Cooking, Gaming, Reading, Juggling, Cabaret, Origami

Introduction: My name is Aron Pacocha, I am a happy, tasty, innocent, proud, talented, courageous, magnificent person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.