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NCLEX-RN Myths Debunked

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Test anxiety can cause one to believe the many rumors that are spread around regarding the NCLEX-RN exam. Don’t just believe everything you hear because oftentimes, people’s personal beliefs are not true. Your mind can play tricks on you especially when you are stressed, so it is essential to block out the rumors and stay focused on your ability to succeed on the NCLEX-RN exam.

1. Some computers are pre-programmed to give only 75 questions or all 265 questions

This is not true at all. The test taker is the only one who controls the length of the test. You must demonstrate that you are above or below the minimum competency line for the computer to achieve the 95% confidence interval required.

While it is difficult to do, try not to focus on the number of questions you receive; instead focus on each individual question and answer it to the best of your ability. Test takers who psych themselves out once the test proceeds to question 76 will not do as well. Stop for a moment, compose yourself, and continue to focus on passing your NCLEX-RN. Remember that there is no magic number which predicts whether you passed or failed.

2. If you only receive 75 questions, you have passed.

As I mentioned above, there is no way to predict whether you have passed or failed. While many test takers will pass once they have completed the first 75 questions, there are some who have failed to demonstrate the minimal level of competency to proceed. If you have prepared for the NCLEX-RN and tried your hardest, then now is the time to take a deep breath and relax. You can not go back and change what you have done, so relax and enjoy yourself while you wait for your results. The next few days can be very stressful so try and stay busy with activities that you enjoy. Hopefully, you will receive your notification that you have passed the NCLEX-RN and you can celebrate. If you have not passed, take a moment to collect your thoughts and then start to plan on how to proceed to be successful on your next attempt.

3. If you passed your program exit exam, you will automatically pass the NCLEX-RN.

While passing your exit exam demonstrates that you have a clear understanding of the required knowledge, it does not indicate that you will automatically pass the NCLEX-RN exam. There are many factors which can affect your success. For example, those who have to wait extended periods of time to sit for the NCLEX-RN are at risk for not being as familiar with the required concepts and knowledge. Students should continue to study regularly and not wait and cram immediately before the exam. Others become very nervous which may impact their outcomes. Don’t assume you will pass, plan, prepare, and study hard if you want to succeed. 


About Michelle

Michelle Besmer is dedicated to preparing the next generation of nurses for successful careers. She completed her Bachelors of Nursing and her Masters as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Rutgers University. She has practiced and trained nurses in pediatrics for over 15 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking and playing trumpet.

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