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NCLEX-PN® Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I take the test?
You can take the NCLEX® exam at any one of the hundreds of Pearson Vue Test Centers, which are located in every State throughout the United States and Worldwide. Each testing center has up to 30 computer terminals available for candidates. A proctor will help you get started and will monitor security during the test.
When can I take the test?
The computerized NCLEX® exam, which lasts a maximum of 6 hours, is offered 15 hours every day, Monday through Saturday, throughout the year (on Sundays by special arrangement). Make sure you are thoroughly prepared for the exam before you register an exam date. We recommend you begin studying as soon as possible, after you have decided to take the exam. Under no circumstances should you leave off starting your study until you have your ATT.
What is the Computerized Adaptive Test?
The exam is administered by Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT). With CAT, unlike paper and pencil testing, the computer selects the questions you will be answering as you take the exam in order to give you the best opportunity to demonstrate your competency. The questions in the NCLEX® exam are nearly all multiple choice questions. The questions are presented one at a time on a computer screen. You can view each question as long as you like but you can not go back to previous questions once you have recorded your answers, nor can you leave a question unanswered. The CAT chooses test items based on your response to the previous question. The computer will "adapt" to your answers, correct or incorrect, by selecting harder or easier items for the next question. For example, at the start of the exam, a question of medium-level difficulty may appear on screen. If you answer this question correctly, the computer then will ask a more difficult question; if you answer incorrectly, the computer will then ask an easier question. We must remind you that the Vipra Med practice exams are designed to simulate the actual testing mechanism of the NCLEX-PN® test. This will thoroughly prepare you as to what to expect.
How many questions are there?
The test bank contains thousands of questions, each categorized according to the NCLEX® test plan and assigned a level of difficulty using a complex statistical formula. Questions will keep coming up until the computer can determine your competency level in all areas of the test plan. The number of questions answered could be anywhere in the region of 85 to 205 (15 of these will be practice questions) before the computer decides whether you have passed or failed.
How do I answer the questions?
The computerized test begins with brief instructions on using the computer and then provides a short practice session. Previous computer experience is not necessary. To make sure you don't select an answer unintentionally, the computer will ask you to confirm your choice by pressing the enter key a second time. One question at a time will appear on the computer screen. Some questions are stand-alone items; others are based on brief case studies, which appear to the left of the question. After carefully reading the question, move among the four possible answer options. Analyze each option, and then select the one that best answers the question. Press the enter key twice to record your choice. You must answer every question until the test ends; unlike the paper and pencil testing method, the computer will not let you skip an item or go back to a previous question. The test ends as soon as the computer has decided whether you have passed or failed. This could take anywhere between 1 hour and 85 questions up to 5 hours and 205 questions. If you fail you can retake the exam after 90 days.
How do I get my result?
The test center will transmit your results electronically to NCS Pearson VUE. Your state board of nursing will notify you of the results in approximately 4 weeks. Test results are available three working days after sitting the exam. This is a computerized system & is only available within the USA. You will be charged $7.95 to the phone you are calling from.
How long do I need to wait, before I retake the NCLEX-PN, If I don't pass?
The normal wait for all states in the United States to retake the NCLEX-PN exam is 45 days. The exceptions are Georgia and Washington State that have a 90 day wait before you are allowed to take the NCLEX-PN exam again. You will also need to re-register with Pearson Vue to get a new test date and time.
What is the NCLEX-PN® Course content, Curriculum and Syllabus?
The practice of nursing requires knowledge of the nursing process and the health needs of the patients. These two components are addressed within the framework of the test plan for licensure examination. The categories of questions relating to the various aspects of the 2013 NCLEX-PN® exam are shown below.
Safe, Effective Care Environment
Coordination of Care
Safety and Infection Control
Health Promotion and Maintenance
Basic Care and Comfort
Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies
Reduction of Risk Potential
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Vipra Med offers web based online practice exams and learning for
the NCLEX-PN® exams. The NCLEX-PN® examination uses items with a
variety of response formats, such as, single response
multiple-choice, multiple response, fill-in-the-blank, and a variety
of display formats, such as, charts and exhibit displays, tables,
and graphic images. All items are developed and validated using the
expertise of MSN, Ph.D educators and regulators from
throughout the country. The NCLEX-PN® examination content is revised
based on a practice analysis conducted every three years. The
majority of test items are written at the application or higher
levels of cognition but the exam may include items at all of the
cognitive levels. Most of the questions of the NCLEX-PN® exam are
worded multiple choice questions. In recent years, however, the
Boards of Nursing have added broader questions that don't involve
choices. For example, some questions require identifying and
selecting a particular area of a drawn body part pertaining to the
question Involve selecting multiple correct answers. Some NCLEX-PN®
questions require solving mathematical questions for medication
Vipra Med is all you need for your NCLEX-PN® learning and preparation needs. We cover all possible content that will be tested in these exams. Vipra Med offers comprehensive practice exams and testing online. Vipra has one of the largest repository of Nursing and Medical test content online. Our Question and Answer banks cover all the various tested disciplines. The Vipra Qbanks contain high quality questions that are parallel and similar to the questions that appear on the real exams. The Vipra method for preparation will ensure your success and let you ace your exam in the very first attempt. We at Vipra understand that getting high test scores is the key to certifying as a Registered Nurse in the United States. It is with this knowledge that we have developed the Vipra Qbank, which has been specifically created to help students not just pass, but achieve high scores as well. We use an interface and format that is similar to the application used for the real exams. Our Qbanks and content databases are constantly updated. Prepare confidently knowing that your exam study materials are relevant and current. Vipra has MSN, Ph.D and Board Certified Physicians that review and expand the exam content and constantly update it to make sure they are up-to-date and accurate.