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How do you take a practice NCLEX exam?

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National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses practice tests are online on websites such as 4Tests.com, MightyNurse.com, Tests.com, PracticalNursing.org and StudyGuideZone.com. Many of these websites provide additional helpful resources, including past tests, study guides and general information. In addition to these helpful websites, there are a number of review books with tests available on Amazon.com as of 2015, including "HESI Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination," "NCLEX-RN Exam Cram" and the annual review books prepared by both Kaplan and Saunders.

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The NCLEX is an examination used to determine whether or not an individual, typically a nursing student, is qualified to become a registered nurse. The test was established in 1994 by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. It is designed to test the knowledge and skills required for nurses to provide safe and effective care for their patients at an entry level.

The exam is administered in a computerized adaptive testing environment; it is not available in either a paper-and-pencil or an oral format. Unlike some other standardized exams, those who take the NCLEX are measured against the material, not against other test takers.

The NCLEX is unique among standardized tests in that it can be anywhere from 75 to 265 questions depending on the person taking the test and their answers. Regardless of the total number of questions administered, the first 15 items are not scored. The exam must be completed in no more than six hours.

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