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According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), every state requires licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). While the NCLEX-PN may seem intimidating, over 86 percent of LPNs pass on the first try. With a little luck, hard work and studying, you can increase your odds of passing.
Graduate from an accredited LPN program. Both vocational and community colleges offer high-quality nursing programs that prepare you for the NCLEX-PN exam.
Become familiar and comfortable with computers. The NCLEX-PN exam is only administered on a computer. While the NCSBN states that you don't need prior experience with a computer, calm your anxieties by learning how to use a mouse and enter answers into a computer.
Study the exam material. According to AllNursingSchools.com, the NCLEX-PN tests the following subjects: growth, development and disease, caring for a patients pharmacological, psychological and social needs and managing patient care. Numerous companies offer study guides and classes, which are costly. The NCSBN doesn't endorse any of these, but offers an online tutorial at pearsonvue.com.
Get plenty of sleep and eat well before the test.
The NCLEX-PN varies in length from 85 to 205 questions. After a certain number of questions are answered, the computer estimates your knowledge on the topic. If you are way above or below the passing rate, the computer will shut down. Bring a driver's license, passport or military identification to the test-taking site. Those without proper identification can't take the test.
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