Is the UWorld QBank Harder Than the NCLEX®?

Is the UWorld QBank harder than the NCLEX®?
90% of users report UWorld’s NCLEX-style practice questions are the same level of difficulty or more difficult than the questions they encountered on the NCLEX®.
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Is the UWorld QBank harder than the NCLEX®?
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In our UWorld NCLEX® Facebook group, we are very commonly asked, “Is the UWorld QBank harder than the NCLEX?”

This is a great question — you want to know you are preparing with the most accurate, challenging, and NCLEX-oriented resource on the market. To answer this question, we surveyed thousands of UWorld users just like you who recently utilized the NCLEX QBank to prepare for their licensing exam.

90% of users report that UWorld’s questions are the same level of difficulty or more difficult than the questions they encountered on the NCLEX.

Why do we make our questions so difficult?

Because we believe that practicing with anything less is not the best use of your time and energy. Clear-cut, knowledge-level questions may help you remember a specific fact, but they won’t help you build your clinical judgment. We provide you with an entire QBank of NCLEX-style questions across all subjects and topics that require you to apply your knowledge and help prepare you for whatever NCLEX throws at you on test day.

So often, we read feedback from our users on social media saying that taking the NCLEX was just like practicing UWorld questions. This is not only because of our high-quality NCLEX-style questions, but also because our user interface mimics what you will see on screen during your exam. By practicing in this environment and having an idea of what to expect, you can walk into your exam feeling more confident.

Because our questions are so challenging, learners typically have a lower average QBank score than they are used to receiving on their exams in school — the average score of users from our last survey was 54%!

Please don’t let this worry you.

The UWorld NCLEX QBank is designed to be a learning tool. While your average QBank score gives you helpful information to track your progress, studying the detailed explanation for every answer choice (even those you answered correctly!) is the most valuable way to spend your time. UWorld’s concise but comprehensive rationales explain both the content and the clinical decision-making behind the right and wrong answers. This study method helps you synthesize the key learning topics and apply them when you are faced with them again on a test or at the bedside, making you a safe and effective nurse.

So rest assured that your time in the UWorld NCLEX QBank, while challenging, is an important step in preparing you for your NCLEX test day and your new career as a nurse. You’ll be ready to take on what lies ahead and excel when it counts the most.

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