The NCLEX is the last test before becoming a registered nurse (RN). To ensure that new RNs have the skills they need to succeed in the field, they must pass this demanding exam. If you fail, you'll have to retake the exam, or, in the worst-case scenario, you'll never be able to pursue your dream job as an RN.

Consequently, you'll have to bring your A-game on exam day by focusing all of your energy, staying calm under pressure, and exercising critical thinking skills. The only way to do this is to put in the time and effort upfront and to try to weed out any mistakes you might make. Make sure you avoid the following mistakes in order to increase your chances of success:

Don’t Think That The Nclex Is Like Any Other Nursing Exam

Even if you did well on your nursing school entrance exam, the NCLEX is a completely different ballgame. Exams A and B are distinct in more ways than one, and their results cannot be correlated at all. When taking the NCLEX, you are tested on your ability to analyze situations and apply your ability to come up with a solution, rather than your knowledge. In the end, the NCLEX tests your ability to think logically and critically.

Inability To Read The Questions In Full

Many students don't spend enough time reading each question. Students rush through the questions because of the high stakes of the test. They're aware that the exam is timed. It's a personalized test. Your response to one question will have an effect on the answers you receive to other questions. This can be a huge source of anxiety. It's critical that you read the question in its entirety, reflect on it for some time, and then proceed. You don't have to worry about everything all the time.

Don’t Start Reading The Night Before The Exam

Any exam you attempt to cram for in a single night will undoubtedly cause problems for you. It's possible that you'll get mixed up in the facts, be unable to tell the difference between old and new information, and feel anxious and frustrated while reading. At the very least, a month's worth of focused study is always preferable.

Take Care Of Your Health

Take care of yourself the day before the exam. Take a break from your homework. Get some exercise, eat healthily, and try to get some shut-eye. Fuelling yourself with a nutritious breakfast and a cup of coffee can help you stay focused for the long hours ahead of your exam.

Practice The Questions Frequently

Preparation is the key to success on the NCLEX. Taking a practice test and then going over each and every answer rationale is the best way to go about this. Studying from the resource allows you to recall your reasoning for any questions you answered incorrectly or incorrectly guessed.


You'll be glad you didn't make any of these mistakes while preparing for your exam when it's over. 

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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