The NCLEX. Or, if you are being fancy, the
National Council for
Licensure Examination, which this is
actually the first time when I was looking
into this that I looked at the actual name
of this, and I'm just wondering
why it doesn't have the name nursing in it.
It's weird. Anyway, the NCLEX, as I'm sure
you know, is the exam that you take at the
end of nursing school that allows you to
become a licensed registered
nurse. Dun, dun, dun!
Very big deal. I know.
The exam is administered by the National
Council of the State Boards of Nursing
and their acronym is NCSBN.
And we'll be moving into a lot of acronym
So I just wanted to get you warmed up.
Be warned, we can do this.
And I wanted to make it clear that the
version of the NCLEX that we are discussing
here is the RN version.
And there's also a version called the NCLEX
Pn version that you take at the end of an LPN
program to be a licensed LPN or LVN,
depending on your state.
We do have a whole course on LPN, LVN
If that interests you, definitely go and
check it out.
So the NCLEX is a national test, meaning
that everyone in the United States
takes the same test.
And you don't have to retake it if you move
states because it is a country wide
exam. You can send the results of the NCLEX
to any state board of
nursing regardless of where you take it.
Actually, like if you go to school in
Delaware but are moving to Michigan, you can
just send the results to Michigan.
If you can't tell, this was me.
I did this. The NCLEX is taken at a testing
facility, more on that
later and what the day looks like overall,
and aims to measure your ability to
safely provide nursing care.
Now, I wish I could tell you how long this
exam is, but that, along
with most things in nursing, it depends.
The exam is adaptive, meaning that it
changes based on how you are
answering things. Basically, the more and
more you get correct, the more and more
challenging the questions get.
And you have to answer a certain number
correctly in order for the exam to shut off
and for you to pass.
Now, this number is going to constantly
change, but right now it'll shut off at 75.
That's the earliest it will shut off.
And you can take up to 145 questions.
But again, really, all things with the
NCLEX, they're subject to change.
And I feel like at this point I'm doing an
infomercial about the NCLEX, so I really
probably should have used my fun infomercial
So here we go.
Prepare yourselves. The current type of exam
questions you will see on the NCLEX include:
multiple choice, multiple response, aka
select all that apply, image or hotspot
questions that feature an image and ask you
to click on the hot spot, Fill in the blank,
drag and drop, questions based on images,
chart based questions, video and audio
based questions. That was enough.
That was fun. You will have a time limit for
Again, this is going to vary and if you are
a very lucky duck, you may get some research
questions thrown in at you at the end.
These will not count towards your score, but
will help you serve as a research subject for
future test subjects.
I mean. Licensure candidates.
That's what I meant. Once you complete this
experience, you, of course, will not
be immediately given the satisfaction of
knowing if you passed or not.
You must wait a few days or bribe Pearson
Vue, the testing company, to
give you your results a few days earlier by
giving them money.
So that sounds like a great time all around,
I thought so.
But wait, there's more.
Starting in April 2023, the NCLEX is getting
upgrade to NCLEX Next Generation.
Stay tuned for the next section to hear all
about this exciting and mandatory