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Our Comprehensive Guide to Passing the NCLEX Exam

At Ameritech, helping our nursing students pass the NCLEX exam successfully is one of our top priorities. That's why, in any given year, Ameritech has one of the highest NCLEX pass rates in Utah—with over 90% of our students passing their exam the first time.

NCLEX Guides & Resources

We've gathered all of our best NCLEX content below, with helpful blog posts that cover all of the essentials—from how the exam is structured and common mistakes to avoid, to study tips, stress management tools, and lots more.

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The NCLEX exam structure is unique, so a great place to start is with a solid overview of how the text is designed. In the helpful post below, we explain how the exam uses Computer Adaptive Testing (or CAT) to gauge your abilities, why the length of the exam is variable, what that means in practice, and why some of the questions on the exam are known as “experimental questions.”

The NCLEX is composed of questions drawn from four distinct categories. Gaining a clear understanding of these categories will give you a better idea of what you’ll be tested on and how to best study for your exam. In the blog post we’ve linked to below, we explain each of the four categories, their respective subsections, and how many questions from each section you can typically expect to find on the NCLEX exam.

Providing an insider’s perspective on the exam, this post is packed full of useful information, including how the NCLEX is formatted, what types of questions you can expect to encounter, what happens if you don’t pass the exam first time, and the types of questions students generally struggle with most. You’ll also find valuable advice on learning how to trust yourself when taking the NCLEX exam.

Almost everyone is guilty of making certain assumptions about the NCLEX, including thinking that because you excelled at nursing school exams, you’ll naturally ace the NCLEX. Unfortunately, making these kinds of assumptions can really hurt your chances of passing the NCLEX successfully. Check out this must-read blog post to learn how to effectively combat these misconceptions, gain a helpful overview of the common mistakes that people make, discover how to better recognize when you’re making them, and get practical advice for avoiding them altogether.

While there are many excellent resources available to help students prepare for the NCLEX, it can be difficult to know exactly which ones to choose. That’s why in this post, we’ll share our team’s favorite NCLEX study guides, provide a succinct overview of each one, and note any special features that are included with each guide. So, if you’re considering getting a study guide and don’t know where to start, this post is a great place to find the guidance that you’re looking for.

One of the most reliable ways to ensure that you pass the NCLEX is to create a robust study plan, but it’s important to remember that it should include more than just studying. Our comprehensive study plan covers it all—from ensuring that you give yourself enough time to study to knowing what essentials to bring with you on exam day. You’ll also learn how to familiarize yourself with the exam structure, gain tools for effectively implementing your study plan, and find out when and where you can find your test results.

These two blog posts are packed full of helpful tips and essentials for passing the NCLEX successfully, including how best to determine the length of your study period, where to find the most useful practice tests, how to better manage exam-related stress, and lots more.

As the NCLEX exam has such a particular structure, you can’t only study the test materials—you also have to study how to take the test. So, when you’re ready to start thinking strategically about the NCLEX exam, we strongly recommend checking out the post that we’ve linked to below.

In this helpful blog post, we cover the ten types of questions that you can expect to find on the NCLEX exam. We even include a sample question from each category, so you can test your knowledge and build your confidence in advance.

One of the most effective ways to study for the NCLEX is to take practice tests. Here, we’ve compiled eight actual questions from the NCLEX, including detailed explanations of each correct answer. Studying these questions prior to your exam can help you better understand how test questions are structured, as well as learn the rationale behind the correct answers.

Are you struggling with particular types of questions on your practice exams? We’ve got you covered with a comprehensive archive of blog posts that are specifically designed to help you prepare for answering certain types of questions, including multiple choice, alternative format questions, topic-specific questions, and more.

If you’re looking for more general NCLEX study tips, we’ve got those too! Check out these blog posts from our NCLEX Wednesday series for tons of useful advice on how to best approach NCLEX exam questions.

You will almost certainly encounter questions about lab values on the NCLEX, which is why we’ve included two blog posts here that deal specifically with that topic. Our first post explains what exactly lab values are and provides a useful list of the values that most nurses need to know.

Our second post explains how your knowledge of lab values will be tested on the NCLEX and why, while providing you with a helpful list of important lab values for your exam.

Preparing for your NCLEX can feel daunting for many nursing students, which makes managing stress and practicing good self-care all the more important. Exercise, study breaks, and a well-planned schedule are all key for maintaining your general well-being, as well as putting you in a better position to excel on your exam. Check out our helpful blog post for proven tools and strategies for managing your stress levels while you prepare for the NCLEX.

If you didn’t pass your NCLEX exam the first time around, it can be easy to get discouraged. But don’t fret—this blog post is here to help with valuable advice for re-taking your NCLEX exam. You’ll find useful tips for regaining your confidence and getting your head back in the game, so you can pass your exam successfully the second time around.