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Tips for Taking the NCLEX-PN

NCLEX-PN TipsCongratulations from us at for finishing with school and being ready for our tips for the NCLEX! Having graduated from your LPN program allows to relax and take a step back and appreciate your hard-work. Well… not so much.

Now is the time to prepare for your practical/vocational nursing licensure test called the NCLEX-PN or National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. This is the required examination you must take before you can be hired to work as an practical/vocational nurse. Your program probably provides some test prep courses and material. Be sure to check because you don’t want to miss any available resource.

What are Some NCLEX-PN Tips?

Below we will cover what you should do before enrollment for the NCLEX-PN test, before taking the NCLEX-PN exam and even some tips for taking the NCLEX-PN.

Before Enrollment for NCLEX

Before you can actually take the NCLEX-PN exam, you will ahve to get an Authorization to Test (ATT). To get the ATT, you will have to apply to your state board of nursing and then register through the (NCSBN) National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Typically the cost is around $200. If you take advantage of this time it has been proven that it benefits the test taker greatly. As part of your preparation for the NCLEX-PN, you may want to look over the NCLEX Candidate Bulletin and get yourself acclimated with the test layout.

Tips for Scheduling the NCLEX

Once you have received your Authorization to Test (ATT) email, you can now register to take your NCLEX-PN test. This can be done online or by phone. Also, you may want to take a look at the NCSBN web site for test sites. Test centers can fill up quickly. Once you register for a specific date and time, you will receive more detailed information about the test by email. Don’t wait until your ATT is close to expiration to schedule your exam or you may have to reregister and repay.

Before Test Day

There are four parts to the NCLEX-PN as listed below:

  • Safe and Effective Care Environment
  • Health Promotion and Maintenance
  • Psychosocial Integrity
  • Physiological Integrity
  • To learn more about the NCLEX exam in detail and what is in each section of the test see the NCSBN test plan.

    Tips for Taking the Exam

    From little things like bring your ID to knowing it is computerized, we bring you the insight you will need.

    Top Tips for Taking the NCLEX-PN

  • Be Prepared (Bring ID)
  • Wear Comfortable Clothing
  • Arrive to Site Early (At Least 30 Minutes)
  • Provide Detailed Bio-metrics
  • Get Your Testing Materials
  • Set Your Personal testing Pace and Stick to it (5 Hour Total Test Time)
  • Take the Short Survey at the end
  • Get Information About Getting Results (Not Same-day)
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