Renee Thompson for Nurse Together advises students to use practice test questions to simulate the test and prepare for the test environment. The National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses is the test used to determine if someone is qualified to work as an entry-level practical or vocational nurse. Practice test questions are a vital part of studying for the NCLEX-PN, according to Kaplan.
BoardVitals recommends planning your study six months in advance. To ensure you are comfortable with test questions and format, answer 50 to 100 practice questions every day, reviewing incorrect answers each time. Other test preparation tips include studying in groups; using pictures, diagrams and flashcards; and using study materials that include feedback from nurse professionals. Also, prior to the test, eat a proper meal and get rest.
The NCLEX-PN exam is administered by individual State Boards of Nursing and consists of 85 to 205 mostly multiple choice questions, explains Kaplan. The test is organized into four major categories and eight subcategories. While most nursing programs have students take separate medical, surgical, pediatric, psychiatric and obstetric classes, all of the content is integrated on the test. Students have up to five hours to complete the test, and there is no numerical score; test takers either pass or fail. Many students do not pass on the first try, which is why preparation is important.