Everyone in America hoping to be certified as a Registered Nurse and find nursing jobs must first pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX RN) test. This NCLEX RN test is a comprehensive computer based test designed to measure your skills and knowledge in relation to the demands of the job. You should allow up to six hours to take the test, although it may not necessarily take that long.
The NCLEX RN test is given in computer adaptive format, which means that the next question you receive will depend on the answer you gave before. Correct answers will mean questions at a higher skill level, while wrong answers will mean going back to a lower level. Those doing well right off the bat will have to answer fewer question, as they've demonstrated by their answers a mastery of the basics. The software will keep providing new questions until satisfactory competency, or the lack of it, is demonstrated. So test takers will answer between 75 and 265 questions.
The subject matter is centered around nursing, and not general academic skills like math and literature. Subjects covered include Safe Effective Care Environment-coordinated care and safety and infection control; Health Promotion and Maintenance; Psychosocial Integrity; and Physiological Integrity-basic care and comfort, pharmacological therapies, reduction of risk potential, and physiological adaptation. The results of your NCLEX RN test are only reported as either pass or fail. It's a difficult and challenging test, but if you've obtained an RN degree, there's no reason that with solid preparation you can't pass the NCLEX RN exam.