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This article will discuss how many questions are on the NCLEX.

This will be for both the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX PN. Spoiler alert: they were once different now, they are the same.

How Many Questions Are on the NCLEX?

As of this writing, an NCLEX test taker will get a minimum of 75 questions with a maximum of 145 questions on the NCLEX. This includes 15 experimental questions and is for both the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN.

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The Minimum Number of Questions

Based on the way the NCLEX is scored, candidates need to answer a minimum of 75 questions on the NCLEX to have a chance to pass the NCLEX.

Please note that out of the first 75 questions on the NCLEX, 15 of them will be pretest items.

What Are Pretest Items on the NCLEX?

Pretest questions on the NCLEX are questions that are not graded.

These could be experimental questions or questions the NCSBN is testing out to see if they should be used in future NCLEX exams as actual test questions.

The Maximum Number of Questions

The maximum number of questions you can receive for the NCLEX is 145.

Please note that based on the fact that the first 15 out of 75 questions are pretest items that are not graded, the maximum number of graded questions you'll receive on the NCLEX is actually 130.

Related: Can You Fail the NCLEX in 145 Questions?

Content Areas

Here are the main content areas covered on the NCLEX.

Please note that these are regularly changed, so the percentages of the content areas could have shifted when you're looking at this.

This is one of the reasons why I recommend getting a good NCLEX review course, so you're kept up to date with the current NCLEX exam focus.

Staying up to date means you can better tailor your studying to the topics you'll most likely be asked.

NCLEX Content Areas

NCLEX-RN Content AreasPercentage of Test
Physiological Adaptation14%
Reduction of Risk Potential 12%
Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies15%
Basic Care and Comfort9 %
Psychosocial Integrity9%
Health Promotion and Maintenance9%
Safety and Infection Control12%
Management of Care20%
source: NCSBN

NCLEX-PN Content Areas

NCLEX-RN Content AreasPercentage of Test
Physiological Adaptation10%
Reduction of Risk Potential 12%
Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies13%
Basic Care and Comfort10%
Psychosocial Integrity12%
Health Promotion and Maintenance9%
Safety and Infection Control13%
Coordinated Care21%
source: NCSBN

NCLEX Resources

First of all, I have a lot of resources and articles on this site, so definitely check those out. You can also check out all the videos I've made on my YouTube channel.

Lastly, don't forget to check out this NCLEX prep course if you're looking for a solid review course that will lead you to pass the NCLEX exam the first time.

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