While you do not need to be a math whiz to pass the NCLEX RN and work as a nurse, you do need to have solid math skills. The number of math questions on your test will vary just like the number of questions you have to answer. I have never heard of anyone getting any more than 10 math questions and it is possible to not get any math questions. Remember there are between 75 and 265 questions on the NCLEX RN so math does not make up a large percent of the questions but you still need to be prepared for them. Math questions are considered a lower level question on the NCLEX. Since the question levels progress on the test, if you are answering the lower level questions correctly you will move on to the medium and upper level questions and will be less likely to see many math questions.
What types of math questions will there be?
Math questions cover the basic skills you need when practicing as a nurse. I think the greatest fear of all nurses is giving her patient the wrong medication and this includes giving the wrong dose, which can happen without double checking the math. Some medications are given according to a patient’s weight (this is especially true for children). Often times you will need to calculate a weight from kilograms to pounds or a height from inches to centimeters. As a nurse you need to know how to calculate this using simple equations and the NCLEX will test you on your ability to do so.. An important part of having a safe nursing practice is always double checking the medications in the doctor’s order which can involve double checking the correct dose. The math questions on the NCLEX RN will reflect this and will likely be medication dosage and conversions.
How to study for math questions
Math is an important part of the medication process and as a nurse you must have the skills to administer medications safely. If a patient is prescribed 20 mg of a medication and you only have 5mg tablets on hand then you must know how many tablets to give the patient so that they are getting the correct dose. The questions that will be asked on the NCLEX should be questions and scenarios that the student has already been encountering during their clinical practice. You do not need to learn any new math skills for the NCLEX. I would recommend practicing NCLEX style math questions so you are familiar with how questions will be asked.
If you have been learning how to safely administer medications during your clinical and nursing school experience then you will be prepared for the math questions you will see on the NCLEX.