NCLEX PN Practice Test

The National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) is an exam designed for entry-level practical nurses and vocational nurses (LPN or VN). The NCLEX-PN is used by state and territorial members of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) as a means of ensuring entry-level practical nurses meet set requirements for nursing licensure, including competencies related to safe and effective nursing practices. In order to determine eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-PN, you must first contact your state’s nursing board.

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What does the NCLEX-PN cover? How many questions are on the NCLEX-PN?

The NCLEX-PN is a computer-adaptive test (CAT), which means each question you answer correctly determines the difficulty of the next question, as well as the overall number of questions you will answer. For this reason, there are anywhere between 85 and 205 questions on the NCLEX-PN. There are 25 pretest questions embedded in the total number of questions. Pretest questions are used to determine the usefulness of such items in future iterations of the exam, which means they are not scored. However, you will not be able to tell the difference between scored questions and unscored pretest questions, so do the best you can on each consecutive question. Questions will cease once it is determined with 95 percent accuracy that you have answered enough questions correctly or incorrectly to fall above or below the standard for passing the exam. The standard for passing the NCLEX-PN is variable and changes every three years. You must perform above the passing standard on the test in order to pass.

In terms of content and structure, the NCLEX-PN covers several content areas, each with specific weights. Below are the content areas, potential topics, and specific weight ranges per section (which are dependent on the number of questions you end up completing).

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  1. Effective, safe care environment
    • Coordinated care: 18-24%
      • Including, but not limited to: advance directives, advocacy, clients’ rights, assignments, referrals, etc.
    • Infection control and safety: 10-16%
      • Including, but not limited to: accident and injury prevention, hazardous/infectious materials, safety, etc.
  2. Health promotion and maintenance: 6-12%
    • Including, but not limited to: aging, data collection, developmental stages, self-care, etc.
  3. Integrity, psychosocial: 9-15%
    • Including, but not limited to: abuse, neglect, coping mechanisms, support systems, etc.
  4. Integrity, physiological
    • Basic care, comfort: 7-13%
      • Including, but not limited to: assistive devices, mobility, nutrition, hygiene, etc.
    • Pharmacological therapies: 10-16%
      • Including, but not limited to: adverse effects, contraindications, dosing, pain management, etc.
    • Risk potential reduction: 9-15%
      • Including, but not limited to: vital signs, diagnostic tests, laboratory tests and values, therapeutic procedures, etc.
    • Physiological adaptation: 7-13%
      • Including, but not limited to: body systems changes, medical emergencies, fluids, electrolyte imbalances, etc.


Test Preparation

At this point, you should have a better understanding of the content and structure of the NCLEX-PN. You are undoubtedly ready to begin the process of preparing for the exam. You can help yourself on exam day by getting enough rest, eating properly, and managing your stress. But, the best way to ensure you do well on the NCLEX-PN is to thoroughly prepare. Mometrix Test Preparation has the test preparation materials you need in the NCLEX Secrets study guide. In the NCLEX Secrets study guide, you get real NCLEX-PN content, including expert tips aimed at helping you reduce stress, recall information, and ensure high performance on the NCLEX-PN. In addition to the NCLEX Secrets study guide, Mometrix Test Preparation also offers a comprehensive NCLEX-PN Practice Test, as well as NCLEX Flashcards. Read the NCLEX Secrets study guide, assess your knowledge and skills using the NCLEX Practice Test and NCLEX Flashcards, and take the next step toward becoming a licensed practical or vocational nurse.

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Kate has been Mometrix’s Nursing and Medical Editor for over four years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Vanderbilt University, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Marymount University, and a master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins. Kate is a critical care registered nurse who still works occasionally in the ICU and PACU.

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