After you graduate from nursing school, you’re almost ready to go to work in the nursing field. But passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is required to order to get a nursing license in the United States or Canada. The computer-based NCLEX is primarily made up of multiple-choice questions, although other question formats have recently been added. The Physiological Integrity category is the biggest part of the exam, making up anywhere from 43 to 67 percent of the questions each year. Questions about Safe Effective Care Environment, Health Promotion and Maintenance, and Psychosocial Integrity are also included. There are two different versions of the exam, depending on whether you want to get a registered nurse or practical nurse license.
Varsity Tutors’ free Learn by Concept Learning Tool offers comprehensive NCLEX preparation regardless of your professional nursing goals. The tool is laid out like an interactive syllabus, with study material divided into main categories and a number of specific topics. Clicking on a topic will bring you to a set of example questions that test you on the chosen topic. Each question, whether it is about a specific medical condition or a common nursing scenario, includes several possible answers. You review the problem, choose the answer you think is correct, and then check against the correct answer provided to see if you got it right.
More importantly, the Learn by Concept tool’s helpfulness goes beyond just giving you the correct answer. The explanation provided with each example problem goes into detail about how to arrive at the right answer. This includes a background of the conditions or concepts involved, and how they relate to the specific situation described in the problem. If you get the answer correct, you can check to see if your thought process was accurate and make sure you understand why the answer is what it is. And if you get the answer wrong, you can determine which topics or concepts you need to focus on during subsequent NCLEX test review.
You can use Learn by Concept as a NCLEX study guide throughout your preparation for the exam. Study material for both the registered nurse and practical nurse license exams are included, meaning that you can use the example problems to study for either or both exams. Main categories include Conditions and Treatments, Ethics, Processing, and Care, General Biology, Microbiology, and Pharmacology. You can go into specific topics and subtopics within each category as well. If there is a possibility that a subject will come up the NCLEX, then it is shown in the Learn by Concept tool.
Other study aids are available from Varsity Tutors’ Learning Tools that work in tandem with the Learn by Concept. Taking a NCLEX Full-Length Practice Test gives you experience in the test format while helping you pinpoint the areas you need the most help in. Hundreds of shorter, concept-focused Practice Tests allow you to review these specific areas. After working through the Learn by Concept sample questions for your study areas, you can get additional practice with the free Learning Tools Flashcards. You can use the Flashcards for specific topics or customize them for your study needs. Along the way, using the Question of the Day tool will give you a random question on a random NCLEX topic to test your overall knowledge. Use Varsity Tutors’ Learning Tools for comprehensive study help as you prepare for the NCLEX.