NCLEX Study Materials

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You have toiled hard. You have emerged from nursing school alive and victorious. Now, it’s time to face another challenge (one of the biggest challenges) in your journey towards becoming a Registered Nurse – the NCLEX. One more step and you’re finally getting that RN attached to your name. But how should you do it? How does one prepare for this?

NCLEX is another battle you have to overcome, and it’s best that you come armed. Below are some suggested study materials that would serve as your ammunition when it comes to battling for that “RN”.

Some good books to help you study for the NCLEX

  • Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment Study Guide

This book will help you re-learn prioritization and management of care, which covers about a fifth of the NCLEX-RN exam. According to Amazon’s reviews, this is one of the top NCLEX prep books. It’s offered in both eTextbook format and traditional softback. This book helps with overall strategy of taking this test. It also offers focused content review, case studies and challenging practice test questions.

  • Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination

This book provides complete content review and over 5,100 NCLEX examination-style questions in the book and online. This book includes the kind of questions that consistently test the critical thinking skills necessary to pass today’s NCLEX exam. Additionally, all answers include detailed rationales to help you learn from your answer choices, as well as test-taking strategies with tips on how to best approach each question

  • Kaplan’s NCLEX Strategies, Practice and Review

This book focuses on test taking strategies than content. It includes full-length practice test, Chapter-end practice sets, In-depth analysis of NCLEX-RN question types, Review of exam content and structure, Review of alternate question types, and Detailed answer explanations.

  • The 11th edition of Lippincott’s Q&A Review for NCLEX-RN

This book is jam-packed with questions as it contains about 6,500 of them. The CD-ROM alone contains 1,300 questions. The practice tests are organized into four major content areas: obstetrics, pediatrics, medical-surgical, and mental health nursing, and are followed by 6 comprehensive tests with a random selection of questions from all content areas. Aside from the highest-quality practice questions, it also contains detailed rationales, and preparation strategies needed to succeed on the NCLEX-RN

  • NCLEX Exam Cram

This book has a good combination of content review and practice questions. It discusses one nursing topic at a time and even has over 400 NCLEX practice questions.

Other NCLEX – RN review materials

Aside from books, like the ones mentioned above, there are a number of resources that offer free NCLEX practice tests for the exam. Here are a few options to get you started.

  • NCLEX online (

This site has over two thousand interactive NCLEX questions with rationale, A Computer Adaptive Test Program (NCLEX-CAT) for both NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN, Handful of Tips and Strategies and a growing number of members each day. With the interactive NCLEX test presented on this site, it promises superior retention of the NCLEX questions as well as it’s corresponding rationale.

  • Study Guide Zone

This website has five sets of free practice questions and their answers. Each set is 20 questions long.

  • Registered Nurse RN

Here you will find a 15-question practice test.

  • Nurses Labs

This website has 12 practice tests, as well as a number of topic-specific questions if you are struggling in a certain area.

  • Kaplan

 Kaplan is a trusted name in test prep. Their site offers free events, practice tests, downloadable quizzes, and a mobile app. The only down side to this site is that you have register to access some of the content.

  • Mighty Nurse

This site offers three practice-question sets and plenty of dosage calculations questions. The nice thing about these practice questions is that you get immediate feedback after you answer each question.


Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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