How to Pass the NCLEX-RN in 75 Questions

I’ve written many articles about the NCLEX on Nursejanx in the past. In fact, they are the most popular articles on Nursejanx, and that’s hardly surprising. The concept of Passing the NCLEX-RN in 75 Questions remains one of the most Googled search terms in reference to this exam. Let’s find out how to do it!

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So how do you pass the NCLEX-RN in 75 questions?

You have to do well.

I’ve covered the two main reasons that someone would end their test in 75 questions (or 265) in the article, How the NCLEX Really Works, but only one of those will actually have you pass your test.

Basically, you need to be over a passing threshold that the NCLEX creators have set for the test.  To figure our your testing level, the NCLEX uses something called Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT), and I go more into this topic in the article, What kinds of questions are on the NCLEX?


What kinds of questions should I expect to pass the NCLEX-RN in 75 questions?

Hard ones.

Once again, the article, What kinds of questions are on the NCLEX? goes into this topic in more detail, but if you are testing at or above the passing threshold (which is required to pass the test), then you will likely get the hardest questions in the testing bank before you get cut off at 75 questions.

The hard questions are the select all that apply (SATA) and prioritization questions, because many of the answer choices are going to be correct, and you will have to decipher the most correct choice in order to get credit.


How will it feel if I am doing well enough to pass the NCLEX-RN in 75 questions?

Maybe good, maybe horrible.

If you are at or above the passing threshold for the NCLEX-RN, that means that you are getting all of the hardest questions in the testing bank, and probably not seeing the easier questions.

If you don’t know how this test works, you might assume that you’re an idiot since every single question seems like the hardest one imaginable.  You have to remember that this test is not scored like ones you’ve taken in nursing school.   There is no magical percentage that determines your grade at the end.  In fact, there is no grade at all!

So long as you are testing above the passing threshold, you could get every other question wrong and still pass your NCLEX-RN.  In nursing school, that would be a massive fail at 50%.  But the NCLEX is different, remember that!

It’s a weird feeling for sure, but try not to stress out if it feels like you’re doing horribly.  Maybe a genius will get all the hardest questions correct, but you don’t have to in order to pass the NCLEX-RN.


Check out the full series of articles on the NCLEX

UPDATE: Check out the mega thread with all the NCLEX articles on the Nursejanx Forum!

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