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Empower Your Nursing Journey: Excellence in NCLEX-RN

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Every registered nurse aspirant is required to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses) exam to obtain certification in any of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or four U.S. territories, which include the Virgin Islands, American Samoa,  Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.


It is designed to test the abilities, skills, and knowledge of a nurse, required for the safe nursing practice at the entry-level. The exam is organized by the NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.) and is conducted by the testing vendor, Pearson VUE. Your competence level is gauged through an interactive system, known as CAT (Computerized Adaptive Testing).

Types of Question

Most of the NCLEX questions are in multiple choice patterns. Recently, a new format has been added by the NCSBN which includes:

The questions are of three different levels:

Level 1

This section includes approximately 10 percent of the total questions and comprises of basic questions. It tests the knowledge, understanding and skills of an individual to recall the specific information and facts. It is possible that the exam may contain Level 1 questions.

Level 2

This section is based on analysis and application type questions. It requires individuals to know specific information and then implement it in analyzing the question.

Level 3

This section of the examination contains complex questions and requires an individual to evaluate, judge, and combine information in the end. Upon reading the question, the individual needs to apply the facts, rules, and processes they know and then constantly make decisions on the given situation. 

Level 2 and level 3 generally covers 95 percent of the total questions.

The NCLEX-RN Exam Format

The NCLEX-RN is a computer-based test taken at a Pearson Professional Center. There are a large number of testing centers in different states of the U.S. The centers can also be found in 175 different countries. Approximately 90% of the examination consists of multiple-choice questions while the remaining consists of filling in the blanks, putting a number of steps in the correct sequence, identifying a correct area on a picture, or choosing correct answers from a list of options. It may also consist of questions asking information about a chart, graph, or audio clip. Pictures may also be used as an option for answers.  The question will appear just once on the computer screen and won’t be repeated.


Depending on how you answered the previous questions, you can expect a total of 75 to 265 questions. Among the first 75 questions, only 60 will be counted. The remaining 15 are “trial” questions and will be utilized on future tests. You will not be able to identify these questions; thus, it is recommended to attempt each and every question.


The maximum time period to complete the RN test is 6 hours. A break of 10 minutes 2½ hours after the commencement of the exam and another optional break about 4 hours after the exam are given to you. You may take breaks at any time of the exam, but you will lose the given additional break time.


You can make a maximum of three attempts to qualify the exam.

Exam Process

All applicants must follow the given process:

Exam Results

If the board you have applied for is a part of Quick Results Service, you may receive your “unofficial” results within 48 hours after the completion of the exam by paying $7.95 on the Pearson VUE NCLEX Candidate website. The board will mail the official results to you in approximately 1 month after the exam.

Candidates Who Don’t Pass

An NCLEX CPR (Candidate Performance Report) will be received, in case, you don’t pass the exam. It will indicate your performance in each section of the test. You may use this as a guide to prepare yourself in order to retake the examination.

Retaking the NCLEX Licensure Test

You may retake the exam 45 to 90 days after you took the previous exam. The state board of nursing determines the time period. To retake the exam, follow the below steps:

Tips to Pass the NCLEX-RN Exam

You may use the following tips to pass the NCLEX exam:

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