The NCLEX test will have several different question types. Here is a list of them – this is from https://www.ncsbn.org/9010.htm
- Multiple-response items that require a candidate to select two or more responses (this is the favorite SATA) questions.
- Fill-in-the-blank items that require a candidate to type in number(s) in a calculation item
- Hot spot items that ask a candidate to identify one or more area (s) on a picture or graphic
- Chart/exhibit format where candidates will be presented with a problem and will need to read the information in the chart/exhibit to answer the problem
- Ordered Response items that require a candidate to rank order or move options to provide the correct answer
- Audio item format where the candidate is presented an audio clip and uses headphones to listen and select the option that applies (this could be a heart beat / breath sound)
- Graphic Options that present the candidate with graphics instead of text for the answer options and they will be required to select the appropriate graphic answer
Any item formats, including standard multiple-choice items, may include multimedia, charts, tables or graphic images.
It is important to become familiar with each of the question types. I have mentioned Saunders before and it allows you to ask each of the specific question types, you just need to select it when creating your test.
One of our goals when we do our NCLEX tutoring is to find out question types are students are having trouble with and then work on helping them to answer those types of questions.
There are other types of questions, one of them is what would you do first. We all know that you do the ABCs, but what if it goes beyond that. Here is a link to one of the best articles I’ve found on how to answer those types of questions.
So to review
More explanation can be found at that link as well as some good questions to try yourself.
If there a question type you’re having trouble with? Let us know in the comments and we’ll expand this page with some answers.
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