NCLEX Advice 2021

Trocaire College Libraries

Introduction: What's on this guide?

This guide lists:


  • Practice websites
  • General information on both LPN and RN NCLEX
  • NCSBN 2021 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin
  • Tips
  • Library Reserve collection for NCLEX practice books.
  • Helpful websites

Practice Question Websites

Here is a list of websites that offer practice questions for free.



*Very good site

What's on the NCLEX?

The exam is used by the Boards of Nursing to test entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure as a LPN or RN.


The NCLEX-RN exam content covers:


Safe & Effective Care Environment
  • Management of Care
  • Safety and Infection Control
Health Promotion & Maintenance
Pscyhosocial Integrity
Physiology Integrity
  • Basic Care & Comfort
  • Pharmacological & Parenteral Therapies
  • Reduction of Risk Potential
  • Physiological Adapation

The NCLEX-RN examination can be anywhere from 75 to 265 items. Of these items, 15 are pretest items that are not scored. Regardless of the number of items administered, the time limit for this examination is six hours.

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The NCLEX-PN exam content covers:


Safe and Effective Care Environment
  • Coordinated Care
  • Safety and Infection Control
Health Promotion and Maintenance
Psychosocial Integrity
Physiological Integrity
  • Basic Care and Comfort
  • Pharmacological Therapies
  • Reduction of Risk Potential
  • Physiological Adaptation


The NCLEX-PN examination can be anywhere from 85 to 205 items. Of these items, 25 are pretest items that are not scored. The time limit for this examination is five hours.

NCLEX Bulletin & Fact Sheet

Click here for a copy of the NCLEX bulletin.


The bulletin contains information on:


  • Overview and contact information
  • Registering
  • Scheduling
  • Test site rules & regulations
  • "Day of the Test"
  • Content of test
  • Information on CAT (Computerized Adaptive Testing)


Click here for a copy of: Student Fact Sheet 2021: 8 Steps to NCLEX

Tips from Nursejournal.org

Each exam experience is different and requires its own unique preparation. Understanding how to prepare and sit for the NCLEX exam can make your study sessions more effective and improve your chances of success. The following sections offer some study tips for the exam, as well as strategies that you can use while actually taking the test.


Some helpful sections of Nursejournal.org are:

Tips from Nursing Students

Other Students say....


  • Practice every chance you get! When you practice, you get more comfortable with the types of questions and the format of the exam. You will then find out your strengths and weaknesses and that will help you focus on what needs to be studied.
  • Buy a book or a subscription to an NCLEX prep program. The most popular are UWorld and Kaplan.


(Note: Trocaire College Libraries have several NCLEX books for you to use in the library, see last section of this guide.)


  • Don't wait until the last minute to study. Take advantage of all the review classes the school offers. Study on your own or with a group. Keep it up until a few days before the exam.
  • Studying: Make a schedule and stick to it. Find a place that is not distracting. Don't study with a group that just talks, you need to buckle down and get it done.
  • Study higher level questions.
  • Be prepared to sit for a long time, so wear something comfortable.



Before the exam:

Days Before:

  • Relax.
  • Your work is done.
  • Don't stress.
  • Make sure that you know the EXACT location of the testing place.
  • Make sure you have the right ID.
  • Read over the procedures that will occur the day of the test, so that you know what will be happening.
  • Get a good night sleep the night before.


Day of:

  • Eat a good breakfast.
  • Give yourself enough time to get to the testing location- don't rush!
  • Arrive early.
  • Don't forget to breathe.


After:

  • Don't sweat it.
  • It's over and it's been submitted.
  • Relax and wait for your results.

NCLEX Reserve Books in the Library

Listed below are the NCLEX practice books that are available in the Reserve section of the library. Students may check out these titles for 2 hours. Items must stay in the library.


LPN Reserves:

HESI comprehensive review for the NCLEX-PN examination

RES-LPN RT62 .H44 2021


Lippincott NCLEX-PN alternate-format questions

RES-LPN RT55 .R87 2018


Lippincott's review for NCLEX-PN
RES-LPN RT62 .T56 2018


NCLEX-PN 101: How to pass!

RES-LPN RT55 .M36 2019


NCLEX-PN prep 2019

RES-LPN RT 62 .N375 2019


NCLEX-PN Q & A plus!: made incredibly easy
RES-LPN RT55 .N35 2018


Saunders comprehensive review for the NCLEX-PN examination
RES-LPN RT62 .S53 2019


Saunders Q & A review for the NCLEX-PN examination

RES-LPN RT62 .S532 2020


Test success: Test-taking techniques for beginning nursing students

RES-LPN RT55 .N77 2020


RN Reserves:

Comprehensive review for NCLEX-RN

RES-NUR RT55 .H583 2018


Davis's Q & A review for the NCLEX-RN
RES-NUR RT55 .O35 2019


HESI comprehensive review for the NCLEX-RN examination

RES-NUR RT55 .E96 2020


Illustrated study guide for the NCLEX-RN exam

RES-NUR RT 55 .I452 2019


Lippincott NCLEX-RN alternate-format questions

RES-NUR RT 55 .R877 2020


Lippincott Q & A review for NCLEX-RN
RES-NUR RT55 .B55 2020


NCLEX-RN 101: How to pass!

RES-NUR RT 55 .M366 2019


NCLEX-RN content review guide

RES-NUR RT55 .N33 2019


NCLEX-RN prep 2019

RES-NUR RT 55 .N444 2019


NCLEX-RN review made incredibly easy!
RES-NUR RT55 .N44 2020


Prioritization & clinical judgment for NCLEX RN

RES-NUR RT48 .D64 2020


Prioritization, delegation, and assignment: Practice exercises for the NCLEX examination

RES-NUR RT 55 .L33 2019


Saunders 2020-2021 strategies for test success: Passing nursing school and the NCLEX exam
RES-NUR RT55 .S4875 2020


Saunders comprehensive review for the NCLEX-RN examination

RES-NUR RT55 .S28 2019


Saunders Q & A review cards for the NCLEX-RN examination

RES-RN RT55 .S2862 2018


Saunders Q & A review for the NCLEX-RN examination
RES-NUR RT55 .S4873 2021

Updated June 2021