Nursing Test Banks

sampleinterfaceThe NCLEX-RN test is meant to give nursing students a run for their money.

It is a difficult computerized test meant to predict with a 95% confidence interval whether or not a graduated nursing student meets the minimum level of competency to practice safely as a registered nurse. The test is adaptive, meaning high-scoring examinees will receive continuously more challenging questions and can expect less questions overall (minimum is 75 questions). Low performing examinees may have to test for up to 265 questions until the computer decides whether they have surpassed the minimal passing mark. The NCLEX exam now includes multiple testing formats other than simply multiple choice, including select all that apply, hotspot, ordered response, and fill in the blank responses. Due to these challenges, nursing students should be prepared to invest a significant amount of time, energy, and some money to adequately prepare to pass this important test. A failed test will result in additional costs (the price to take the test varies depending on your state, but usually costs around $300). One must also consider the lost income from being unable to start working as a registered nurse due to test failure and the time needed to study and retake.


There are many products tailored to graduating nursing students to assist them in preparing for NCLEX, including review courses in person (such as Kaplan), NCLEX review books, and software programs designed for improving knowledge and test taking skills. I got to personally experience a new tool for NCLEX review by UWorld. UWorld has been a trusted name in licensing exam preparation for medical students and has recently expanded their services to include nursing exam prep. The NCLEX-RN review software by Uworld contains an extensive question bank of over 1300 questions with detailed rationales developed by experienced nurse educators. The UWorld software also has mobile applications for Apple, Android, and Kindle to let students practice questions on the go wherever and whenever they have time. I enjoyed taking the test questions on my I-phone app, while sitting at the doctor’s office waiting room, and riding in the passenger’s seat on a long car drive recently. This is a great feature for assisting students to study “on the go”.

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