CliffsNotes NCLEX-RN Cram Plan is the perfect way to review for your RN or PN nursing exam whether you have two months, one month, or even one week left to prepare
This board exam is created by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). It is updated roughly every 3 years, most recently in 2016. The table below shows the breakdown of the NCLEX in the major subject areas that are tested. CliffsNotes NCLEX-RN Cram Plan focuses strongly on prioritization, as well as safety and infection. From there, an overview on independent med-surg topics are covered, including other popular areas of the NCLEX, such as delegation. There is also a strong chapter on pharmacology, an important subject area, as shown in the following breakdown.
The above percentages adapt to each person throughout the exam. The NCLEX is a computer-adaptive exam. If certain questions within the above subjects are poorly answered, the exam will adapt to further test this area for aptitude.
The NCLEX has the possibility of 75 to 265 questions, with a total testing time of 6 hours for RN and 5 hours for PN. The exam will continue on until the decision to pass or fail the student based on the passing standard has been decided. The passing standard is unknown to anyone outside the NCSBN. It is the general idea of a shifting line the board has decided on every 3 years that indicates sufficient proficiency to work in the field of nursing.
There are a wide variety of question types, with the vast majority being Select One Multiple Choice and Select All That Apply. There may also be hot-spot questions, for which you must click on the area of the picture in question. The NCLEX can incorporate sound and/or video in questioning (common for lung sounds). Ordered questions may also pop up, such as which order a nurse performs suctioning.