Is UWorld Harder Than the NCLEX RN 2018?

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If you’re starting to take practice questions in preparation for the NCLEX, you may have heard of UWorld as a great test bank resource.

A question that you might be wondering is if the questions in UWorld’s test bank are easier than, equal to, or harder than the ones you’ll find on the NCLEX.

UWorld wants to challenge you

Keep in mind that a good test preparation program will challenge you to exceed the expectations.

The reason for this is because the test prep company wants you to pass your exam in order to gain your favor and be recommended by you in the future. No test prep company wants to give you false hope and have you fail your test, because you will might:

  • Never by another product from them ever again
  • Trash them on public review sites
  • Tell everyone you know that their program sucks
  • Attempt to get your money back
  • Etc. etc. etc.

To be confident that you will be prepared for your exam, testing companies like UWorld are going to challenge you with hard questions on purpose so that you will be more than prepared.

Harder scoring

Another reason you might find that UWorld practice tests are harder than the actual NCLEX is the way that they are scored.

With UWorld, you will get a percentage of how many questions you answered correctly, and you will see how many questions you got wrong.

Some people might find this disheartening because they could get a “bad grade” like a 70% and think that they need to score a 90% or better to be adequately prepared for the NCLEX.

However, you will need to keep in mind that the NCLEX is not scored like a typical test and does not go based off of a percentage. Check out this article to find out about how the NCLEX works including test setup, grading, scoring, etc.


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