Graduating from nursing school is a major accomplishment in the life of any future nurse. Once you have finally completed your nursing program, the only thing standing in between you and your R.N. license is mastering the NCLEX exam. While the NCLEX can be intimidating, with our helpful guide, you will be equipped with all the tools you need to pass the test on your first try.
When you prepare for the NCLEX, one of the most important things to do is to understand the official format of the test. The NCLEX is a form of computerized adaptive testing. This means that any nurse’s NCLEX won’t necessarily look like another’s. The exam produces a minimum of 75 questions and can include up to 265 questions. In order to pass the test, the candidate must stay over the 95% interval. While this format may make you want to self-evaluate, this can lead to unnecessary testing anxiety. Instead, while you are taking this test, try to pace yourself and only focus on one question at a time. This can help reduce your overall anxiety level and make the test much less challenging.
Managing your stress and anxiety level both before as well as during the test can make the NCLEX less intimidating or challenging. One of the best ways to reduce your overall anxiety is to be well-prepared. A well-thought-out study plan can make sure you feel competent on the material covered in the NCLEX. Make sure that you have plenty of time to study before your exam. Cramming days before the test can add to your anxiety level and also leave to extreme sleep deprivation. Instead of cramming all of th necessary material last minute, instead, it is important to pace your study plan over a longer period of time so that you can feel confident rather than anxious over your lack of studying. There are many resources available for future nurses taking their NCLEX. From practice questions to all-inclusive study guides, take the time to find the perfect resource that matches your style of studying.
More importantly, have a firm level of confidence as you head into the exam itself. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) actively tracks the pass/fail rates of nurses taking the exams each year. Currently, those participating in baccalaureate programs have over a 90% pass rate. With these odds in your favor, you can feel much more confident as you take the NCLEX.