NCLEX Test-Taking Strategy Tip

Tip #10: As you read the options, eliminate those that you know are not correct.

Consider each option as true or false. This will help narrow the field of choice. When you select an answer or eliminate an option, you should have a specific reason for doing so. Correctly eliminating options will increase your chances of selecting the correct answer.

Example: A client is in her third trimester of pregnancy and she is scheduled for an abdominal ultrasonogram. The nurse explains to the client that results of this exam will reveal what information regarding the fetus?
1. Maturity of the fetus's lungs. (No, this is false; the ultrasound does not show any evidence of surfactant or maturation level of the lungs.)
2. Presence of congenital heart defect. ( No, this is false; the ultrasound is not specific enough to reveal congenital heart defects, but will show fetal cardiac movement.)
3. Gestational age. (Yes, this is true; ultrasonography gives an overall picture of bone formation [biparietal diameter (BPD)], thereby indicating gestational age.)
4. Rh factor antibody level. (No, this is false; this level must be determined by a blood test to evaluate for isoimmunization or hemolytic disease of the newborn.)

After a systematic evaluation of the options, option 3 is the correct answer.

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