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Since the number of senior citizens is increasing rapidly in the United States, many young men and women wish to become nurses. Since 1982, in order to become a qualified nurse in the United States, applicants are required to take the National Council Licensure Exam (abbreviated as NCLEX). This nursing certification is also valid in Canada since 2015. There is a lot of information available on the NCLEX online, so students who wish to start their NCLEX test prep are often confused. Below we’ve compiled some of the most important information you’ll need before you begin your test prep.

About The Exam

If the applicant has completed a diploma in practical nursing or has gotten a license after finishing vocational nursing course, they can apply for NCLEX-PN (practical nurse). On the other hand, if the student has an associate degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in nursing, they can take the NCLEX-RN course and become a registered nurse. Either way, the applicant will have to get permission to take the exam from the state board. If the applicant has the necessary skills, the NCLEX board will receive the application and will issue an authorization to take the test. The cost of taking the NCLEX exam is $200.

On The Exam

The NCLEX focuses on four different areas: The first is providing a safe environment for the patient, ensuring that it is hygienic, and infections are controlled. Another aspect is health maintenance and promotion. This is because preventive healthcare is important for everyone. The third area is checking the physio social ability of the applicant. This involves checking the ability of the applicant to handle stress and also deal with the mental aspects of healthcare. The fourth and most important aspect of the test is the physiological integrity, which checks the medical knowledge and ability of the applicant to deliver the nursing care required by the patient.

The Exam Format

Previously, all the tests had multiple-choice questions. However, the format of the exam was recently revised. Though 90% of the questions are still multiple-choice, there are some questions which require more detailed answers. The first section has general knowledge questions which are the multiple-choice type. The next section has questions which require a more analytical approach, and these may not always be multiple-choice. The third level questions are the most difficult and require the applicant to use their understanding of the processes, rules, and facts to answer the questions.

Many NCLEX test prep experts will suggest taking multiple practice exams before your actual test day in order to familiarize yourself with the exam. This will allow you to get used to the types of questions you will be asked as well as get an idea of what kind of content will be on the exam. If you aren’t sure where to find a good practice exam, you can contact most NCLEX test prep tutors and study courses and they will have some for you.

On Exam Day

The applicant can take the test at any Pearson’s center in the vicinity, since the test is administered electronically. The number of questions which a student will have to answer will vary between 75 to 265 as the test will adapt to the student’s personal abilities. This means the questions asked will depend on the answer to the previous questions. Typically, only 60 out of the 75 questions asked will be used for calculating the result and the other questions are only sample questions, though you won’t know which is which. The duration of the test is six hours, and students are allowed to take breaks in between to drink food, eat, and go to the bathroom if they wish.