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 basic test plans and detailed test plans for the NCLEX-RN and PN can be found below. These are updated every three years to reflect current, entry-level nursing competency. The basic version of the test plan is an overview of approved content distribution. The basic test plan is included in the detailed version of the test plan.
Purpose of the Detailed Test Plans
Guide candidates preparing for the exam
Inform the direction for item development
Facilitate classification of exam items
The Detailed Test Plan also includes
Definition of each Client Needs Categories
Nursing activity statements
Detailed content examples
Sample NCLEX items
Item writing guide (educator version)
RN Test Plans
NEW! EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2016 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2019