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NCLEX Question Analysis

It takes knowledge and planning to respond to questions on the NCLEX.

Understanding NCLEX questions and how to use your expertise to answer them are equally as important as knowing the topic since the National Council Licensure Examination needs strategy to effectively use your nursing skills.

We covered tactics for multiple choice questions and questions with an alternative format in our previous two sets of NCLEX study advice. The eight processes of analysis you should utilize for each NCLEX question are presented today as we take a bigger picture approach.

1. Read the entire question

We have previously stated this and will do it once more: Before looking at the answers, read the complete question first. The reason for a significant majority of bad answers isn't a lack of information; rather, it's a failure to fully read the question, which leads to misinterpretation. Don't rush, and take your time! It's possible that the question isn't actually asking what you previously assumed it was.

2. First, ask yourself

As you take the test, test yourself. Try to rewrite or reframe the question before proceeding to the response choices. You can be confident you comprehend the question's true meaning if you can rephrase it in your own words.

3. Consider the various forms

Always keep in mind that every NCLEX question asks a distinct question. Identifying whether a question is priority, positive, or negative is one of the simplest methods to make sure you understand what it is asking. Frequently, there are multiple correct answers to priority questions, so you must choose which action to carry out first. While negative questions have one inaccurate statement, the one you're seeking for, positive questions only have one correct response.  

4. Focus on each question's response.

Once you are certain that you understand the question, thoroughly read through each of the possible answers before choosing one. You won't respond hurriedly if you carefully consider each one before moving on to the next one in light of the question (and incorrectly).

5. Determine whether the responses are incorrect, accurate, and/or feasible.

Determine if the answers are correct, incorrect, or possibly correct as you read through them. Eliminate any that are blatantly incorrect right away and don't think about them again. Keep that in mind while you read the other possibilities if it's a potential solution. It's crucial to make sure you understand the sort of question before responding because, with negative questions, the "correct" answer will always be the incorrect one.

6. List your best possible and correct answers.

After carefully examining the possible answers, you'll probably only be left with a few that seem to be accurate or at least plausible. Put that response at the top of your list if it seems better than the others.

7. After selecting "finalists," read the question again.

After attempting to eliminate all but two possibilities, read the question again while keeping those two in mind. To decide which of the two options is superior, look for hints in the question.

8. Decide, then don't go back on it.

Finally: Decide and then proceed! Don't linger on the query to give yourself time to second-guess. The NCLEX is timed, so you can't think about a question for an eternity, which is actually a good thing because second-guessing frequently has more negative effects than positive ones. The likelihood is that if you become anxious and change your response, you will go from providing a proper response to one that is inaccurate.

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