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  • What is the NCLEX-RN exam?

    The NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) is a standardized exam that is used to determine if an individual is prepared for entry-level nursing practice. It is a requirement for obtaining a nursing license in the United States, Canada and Australia.

  • How do I apply for the NCLEX-RN exam?

    To apply for the NCLEX-RN, you need to follow these steps:

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    Contact the nursing regulatory body in the state or province where you want to be licensed.
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    Complete the application form and submit the required documents.
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    Register and pay the exam fee with Pearson VUE, the company that administers the NCLEX-RN.
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    Await approval from the regulatory body and receive the Authorization to Test (ATT) notification.
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    Schedule your exam with Pearson VUE.
  • What are the eligibility requirements for the NCLEX-RN?

    The eligibility requirements for the NCLEX-RN vary by state or province. Generally, you must have graduated from an approved nursing program, have a valid identification document, and meet any additional requirements set by the regulatory body in your jurisdiction. It is essential to check the specific requirements of the state or province where you plan to get licensed.

  • How much does it cost to take the NCLEX-RN?

    The cost of the NCLEX-RN exam can vary depending on the jurisdiction. In addition to the exam fee, there may be additional charges for services like rescheduling or obtaining official score reports. It is recommended to check with your nursing regulatory body or Pearson VUE for the current exam fees.

  • How many questions are on the NCLEX-RN exam?

    Based on the updated test plan (NGN), the NCLEX-RN exam can have a minimum of 85 questions and a maximum of 150 questions. The number of questions you receive is determined by the computerized adaptive testing (CAT) algorithm, which tailors the difficulty level of the questions based on your performance.

  • How long is the NCLEX-RN exam?

    The duration of the exam can vary based on the number of questions you receive. On average, test-takers can expect to spend approximately 2 hours to maximum 5 hours to complete the exam, including breaks.

  • What is the passing score for the NCLEX-RN?

    The NCLEX-RN does not have a fixed passing score. Instead, the exam uses a pass/fail system based on your ability to consistently demonstrate competence. The passing decision is made by comparing your performance to a predetermined standard, rather than achieving a specific numeric score.

  • How long does it take to get NCLEX-RN results?

    The exact timing of receiving NCLEX-RN results may vary. In general, unofficial results are often available within 48 hours of completing the exam. However, the official results are typically released by the nursing regulatory body within 2 to 6 weeks after the exam.

  • Can I retake the NCLEX-RN if I fail?

    Yes, if you fail the NCLEX-RN, you are eligible to retake the exam. However, you must wait a specified period of time, which can vary by jurisdiction, before you can reapply and schedule a new exam.

  • What happens if I fail the NCLEX-RN?

    If you fail the NCLEX-RN, it can be discouraging, but it does not mean the end of your nursing career. It is important to take time to reflect on your performance, identify areas of weakness, and develop a study plan