Test PlansAn In-depth Look at Exam Content, Administration & Item Writing Exercises

What is the Test Plan?

Candidates are encouraged to review the NCLEX test plans before their exam appointment. The test plans contain in-depth information regarding exam content, exam administration and item writing exercises. The test plans guide candidates preparing for the exam, inform the direction for item development and facilitate classification of exam items. The test plans are updated every three years to reflect fair, comprehensive, current and entry-level nursing competency measurement.

RN Test Plan

Effective April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2023

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PN Test Plan

Effective April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2023

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