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NCLEX for RN's
  • Posted on 13th February, 2024

1. What is the NCLEX RN exam all about?

The NCLEX-RN is a standardised nursing exam in Australia, required for nursing licensure. As a new graduate, it evaluates your readiness for safe and effective entry-level nursing practice

2. How is it different from other exams?

The NCLEX-RN exam is different from other exams in a few ways: 
  • It is a computer-adaptive test (CAT), and adjusts the difficulty of questions based on your performance. This process ensures confidence in the test taker’s ability.
  • It assesses critical thinking and clinical decision-making using the nursing process model, which includes assessment, diagnosis, planning, and implementation.
  • It is comprehensive and covers various nursing topics like medical-surgical, psychiatric-mental health, maternal-newborn, paediatric, pharmacological, and community health nursing.

3. Why is it called a CAT exam?

The NCLEX-RN is a CAT (computer-adaptive test), which is called so because the question difficulty is adapted or adjusted based on performance. This method improves efficiency and accuracy compared to traditional exams.  

4. What are the Eligibility Criteria?

You must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse in your home country or should be working towards your registration with any nursing regulatory body.  

5. Who can write the exam?

Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria can appear for the NCLEX-RN exam. Do note that the exam is challenging, and you must be well-prepared before taking it.

6. Where are the Centres for NCLEX RN exam in Australia?

You can find a list of centres in Australia on the Pearson VUE website.      

7. What should I do on the day of the exam?

  • Dress comfortably. 
  • Arrive early and bring the required documentation, such as your passport and admission ticket. 
  • Provide your biometrics- signature, photograph and palm vein scan will be taken. 
  • Be prepared for a long day, as the exam can take up to five hours to complete (including breaks). 
  • Bring snacks and drinks to stay hydrated and energised. 
  • Take breaks when needed but keep track of the time. 
  • The test will end with a short survey, after which you should raise your hand to indicate that you have finished. The test administrator will dismiss you and then you may leave. 

8. How can I get the results of the NCLEX RN exam?

To check results, you can log into your Pearson VUE account six weeks after taking the exam.       

9. When will I get the official result and license to work as RN?

After the NCLEX-RN exam, you will undergo Outcome-Based Assessment (OBA) tests which include multiple choice questions and the Objective Structural Clinical Examination (OSCE). Once the OBA is completed, you are allowed to apply for registration. You will receive your official test results and license to work as an RN from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This might take around 6 weeks after the test sessions.      

10. Why should I undertake NCLEX-RN prep from IHM?

  • IHM Australia’s program is led by experienced educators, with inputs from Australian registered nurses and industry experts. 
  • Our curriculum has been specifically designed to meet your needs, ensuring it is both relevant and effective. 
  • We offer intensive training to help you to confidently tackle challenging analytical questions. 
  • Our program goes beyond mere memorisation. We emphasise critical thinking and concept mastery.   
  • You can undertake continuous assessment reviews to fine-tune your readiness for the NCLEX-RN examination. 
  • You will get expert guidance on interpreting and effectively answering NCLEX pattern questions. 
  • Get trained to apply NCLEX strategies that have been used by many successful candidates. 
  • We will prepare you for a successful transition into the role of a competent and safe registered nurse in Australia. 
Join the ranks of successful candidates who have completed our NCLEX and OSCE Preparation class, now proudly serving as registered nurses in Australia! 

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