Test Plans

You are encouraged to review the NCLEX test plans before your exam appointment. The test plans serve as blue prints to outline the content to be tested and guide the item writing process.

The test plans for the NCLEX-RN and PN can be found below. These are updated every three years to reflect fair, comprehensive; current; and entry-level nursing competency. The test plan contains in-depth information regarding exam content, exam administration and item writing exercises. Prior to 2019, multiple versions of the Test Plan were created and available. The information contained in the previous versions can now all be found in one Test Plan.

Purpose of the Test Plans

  1. Guide candidates preparing for the exam
  2. Inform the direction for item development
  3. Facilitate classification of exam items

The Test Plan also includes

  1. Definition of each Client Needs Categories
  2. Nursing activity statements
  3. Detailed content examples
  4. Sample NCLEX items
  5. Item writing guide

RN Test Plans

The NCLEX-RN test plan provides a concise summary of the content and scope of the exam. It serves as a guide for both exam development and candidate preparation.

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2019 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2022

2019 NCLEX-RN Test Plan

The NCLEX-RN examination test plan includes an in-depth overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam as well as NCLEX-style item writing exercises and case scenario examples.

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PN Test Plans

The NCLEX-PN test plan provides a concise summary of the content and scope of the exam. It serves as a guide for both exam development and candidate preparation. The test plan links along with descriptions of each version are provided below.

2017 NCLEX-PN Test Plan

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2017 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2020

The NCLEX-PN test plan includes an overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam.

2017 NCLEX-PN Detailed Test Plan

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2017 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2020

The detailed version of the NCLEX-PN examination test plan includes an in-depth overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam as well as NCLEX-style item writing exercises and case scenario examples.

2020 NCLEX-PN Test Plan

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2020 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2023

The NCLEX-PN examination test plan includes an in-depth overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam as well as NCLEX-style item writing exercises and case scenario examples.