The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared to begin working as an entry-level nurse.
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Getting Started with NCLEX
Start with the basics. In this interactive video, ATI Nurse Educator, Pamela Roland, MSN, MBA, RN, is diving into everything from an NCLEX and NCSBN overview to understanding Next Gen NCLEX (NGN) and the changes that students need to know about.
NGN Item Types: What Students Need to Know
What to expect. In this interactive video, ATI Nurse Educator, Pamela Roland, MSN, MBA, RN is diving into everything from an NCLEX and NCSBN overview to understand the new item types now on NCLEX.
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NCLEX Guidebook for Students
Get ahead of test day. Before you take your NCLEX exam, we’re sharing everything that you need to know about the new NCLEX – coming April 2023.Download
Students’ Quick Guide to NGN
Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) is a new version of the NCLEX. It’s purpose: to better evaluate clinical judgment skills. This guide explains everything you need to know.Download
Taking NCLEX This Year? Here’s What You Need to Know.
If you’re taking the NCLEX this year – particularly on or after April 1, 2023 – you may have heard the phrases, “Next Gen NCLEX” or, “NGN.” As a test taker, what does this mean to you? Let us explain.Read Now
STUDENT NCLEX WEBINAR SERIES
Are you preparing for the NCLEX exam? Get a jumpstart by attending one of our upcoming 2023 NCLEX (NGN): What You Need to Know webinar sessions geared for you – the test taker.
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ABOUT THE NCLEX: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Nursing students will be tested on multiple topics to gauge their level of clinical judgment to work as an entry level nurse. The question topics and their distribution can be found in the NCSBN NCLEX test plan.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing publishes a plan to help candidates prepare for the exam. The plan provides a list of topics that will be covered on the exam. The plan is updated every three years to reflect new test material. Familiarize yourself with NCSBN.org as it has helpful information to assist you in preparing for NCLEX.
The NGN is the latest update to the NCLEX exam. In this updated version, more focus is put on evaluating nursing students’ clinical judgment skills. On the updated exam, you will see 3 case studies on the minimum length exam and stand-alone NGN items as you progress past the minimal length exam.
Clinical judgment is linked to 46% of tasks performed by entry-level nurses, and nearly half of all novice nurses are involved in a nursing care error. Clinical judgment skills aren’t just important; they’re crucial to your success as a nurse.
First, take your studies during nursing school seriously. Dig deeper into your clinical experiences and always pay close attention to understanding all there is to know about every patient you care for.
Registering for the NCLEX is a 2-step process.
- Submit an application for licensure to the nursing regulatory body. Once you are declared eligible you will receive an authorization to test email.
- Register for the exam with Pearson VUE. This can be done online or by telephone.
Once you schedule your exam you’ll want to be sure you have a physical, up-to-date government-issued ID with a photograph, full name, identification and signature and make sure you use the same name though the entire registration process. You’ll also need a valid email address for test correspondence and access. You can review all the details such as fees, payment options, refund policy, scheduling/changing your exam on NCSBN.org
It’s important to know the NCLEX rules regarding confidentiality, personal items, and breaks. You get a good idea of what to expect from the NCSBN website. Some other helpful things to remember are:
- Have your government-issued photo ID
- Dress comfortably
- Arrive at least 30 minutes early
- Do not bring phone, paper, books, calculator or any other materials.
- Food and drink are not allowed in the testing room, but can be accessed on breaks.
The most important tip is to be prepared. Don’t wait to familiarize yourself with the exam until right before test day. Know the content you’re going to be tested on and take as many practice-like exams as possible.