Top Myths About the NCLEX
Preparing for the NCLEX requires an accurate understanding on all aspects about the exam. However, there are several misconceptions about this test among examinees. It is essential that these myths are corrected as they can impact study habits and outcomes of the exam. Listed below are 5 of the most common myths related to the NCLEX. In the next few weeks, we will be posting additional contents on this topic.
MYTH #1. Test anxiety is the number one reason for failing the NCLEX.
FALSE - Lack of mastery of nursing core content and inability to apply critical thinking skills in clinical situations are the main reasons why a candidate may fail the NCLEX.
MYTH #2. If I failed answering the “Select All That Apply (SATA)” questions, I will fail the NCLEX.
FALSE – Every question in the NCLEX will affect overall test performance and scoring except the pilot questions.
MYTH #3. The computer chooses questions based on my weakness.
FALSE - The computer chooses questions based on the examinee’s performance on each question and picks an easier or harder question based on answers to prior questions. This is how the Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) operates.
MYTH #4. Most questions will be on the comprehension level.
FALSE – Most of the questions will be on the application and analysis level. The NCLEX is an exam that evaluates critical thinking in clinical nursing practice.
MYTH #5. NCLEX will always include items reflecting the latest updated research findings.
FALSE – NCLEX Test Plans are every 3 years to reflect current practice. Question items are not updated as soon as the latest clinical updates occur.
These are just some of the myths surrounding the NCLEX. The key point is - to ensure that you are aware of the nature of the NCLEX so that you know what to expect and align your strategies based on how the exam operates. If you have more questions about the NCLEX, you are most welcome to send us a message!