NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States and Canada There are two types, the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN. After graduation from a school of nursing, one takes the NCLEX exam to receive his or her nursing license. A nursing license gives an individual the permission to practice nursing, granted by the state where he or she met the requirements.
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Every year, an editorial team (consisting of nursing faculty) reviews all course content and questions in this self-paced online NCLEX-RN review course. New items are continuously developed and added to ensure proper representation of the most current NCLEX-RN Test Plan content.
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NCLEX online review course allows you to study at your own pace, giving you unlimited 24-hour access to unparalleled NCLEX preparation resources:
- Prepare for the real thing with over 1,300 practice “NCLEX-style” questions. This includes alternate item types such as multiple response (SATA), fill-in-the-blank and hot spot questions.
- Reinforce learning and concepts with 2,000+ pages of comprehensive student nursing content organized according to the current NCLEX test plan.
- Further build your confidence by completing 30+ interactive and highly engaging quizzes, including classification quizzes.
- Gain access to outside resources including Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, A.D.A.M. Smart Engage Illustrated Encyclopedia Multimedia Edition, Epocrates® Rx Online Reference and R.A.L.E. Heart and Lung Sounds.
- Get invaluable instructor feedback through the Ask the Instructor feature, where you can ask questions and get a timely response.
- Study at your own pace without the added stress of deadlines in this self-paced format.
- Study Smart, Relax! and Remember It! Throughout the course you will find "helper" boxes. The information in Study Smart, Relax! and Remember It! boxes are tips to help you study smarter.
Administration of the NCLEX-RN Examination
The NCLEX-RN Examination is administered to candidates by computerized adaptive testing (CAT). CAT is a method of delivering examinations that uses computer technology and measurement theory. With CAT, each candidate’s examination is unique because it is assembled interactively as the examination proceeds. Computer technology selects items to administer that match the candidate’s ability. The items, which are stored in a large item pool, have been classified by test plan category and level of difficulty. After the candidate answers an item, the computer calculates an ability estimate based on all of the previous answers the candidate selected. The next item administered is chosen to measure the candidate’s ability in the appropriate test plan category. This process is repeated for each item, creating an examination tailored to the candidate’s knowledge and skills while fulfilling all NCLEX-RN Test Plan requirements. The examination continues with items selected and administered in this way until a pass or fail decision is made. All registered nurse candidates must answer a minimum of 75 items. The maximum number of items that a registered nurse candidate may answer is 265 during the allotted six-hour time period. The maximum six-hour time limit to complete the examination includes the tutorial, sample questions and all breaks. Candidates may be administered multiple choice items as well as items written in alternate formats. These formats may include but are not limited to multiple response, fill-in-the-blank calculation, ordered response, and/or hot spots. All item types may include multimedia such as charts, tables, graphics, sound and video. All items go through an extensive review process before being used as items on the examination.