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## What you need to know about the NCLEX-RN Exam

Note: The currently-administered version of the NCLEX-RN® test is dated 2019, the year some minor revisions were made. To be appropriately prepared, be sure you are using up-to-date materials when you study for this test. The 2016 version was discontinued in April 2019 and the 2019 version is currently the only one being given. There are not major content differences between the two tests, but there are a few added items that the new test will cover. All Union Test Prep materials have been revised to meet the standards of the new 2019 test.

The NCLEX-RN® is given to determine a candidate’s ability to work as an entry-level nurse. It is a computer-adaptive test (CAT), which means each person’s testing experience is different. The computer administers each question based on your performance on previous questions. Your questions will be appropriately challenging and at a level that the computer determines you have a 50% chance of answering correctly.

You will continue to receive questions until the computer establishes that you have a 95% chance of achieving a passing score on the test, or until the time limit or the maximum number of questions is reached. The minimum number of questions is 75 and the maximum is 265. Of the items you are given, 15 of them are experimental questions that do not count toward the final score, but you will not know which ones these are.

Most of the test items are multiple-choice type, but there may be some other types, such as:

• multiple-choice with more than one answer
• fill-in-the-blank calculation
• ordered response
• hot spots (you must “click” on a place on the screen to answer)

These are the categories and subcategories of NCLEX-RN® test questions. To ensure adequate coverage of the broad first and last categories on this list, we provide preparation materials for each of the subcategories listed under them. Our study sections are the topics shown in italics, here:

Safe and Effective Care Environment

• Management of Care
• Safety and Infection Control

Health Promotion and Maintenance

Psychosocial Integrity

Physiological Integrity

• Basic Care and Comfort
• Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies
• Reduction of Risk Potential

A tutorial will be available at the beginning of the test session to help you become familiar with the actual testing procedure. You can find more general information about this test in this candidate bulletin.

In July 2017, a special “research section” was added to this test. It is administered after the test is complete and your answers do not count toward your score. They will be used to help nursing boards direct the future of nurse testing and the nursing profession.

Exam facts

### When is it available?

The NCLEX-RN® is administered at Pearson VUE testing centers and at international locations. There is an additional scheduling fee for international testing. It is recommended that test sessions be scheduled online.

### How much time is allowed?

Total testing time allowed is 6 hours, which includes all breaks and the tutorial and sample questions at the beginning. All breaks are optional.

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