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The NCLEX now includes next generation features, using real-world case studies to measure a nurse's
ability to think more critically and make the right decisions.
The NCLEX is the world’s premier licensure exam and uses computerized adaptive testing (CAT)
technology to deliver the exam, ensuring a valid and reliable measurement of nursing competence.


The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam) has one purpose –
To determine if it's safe for you to begin practice as an entry-level nurse.
It is significantly different from any test that you took in nursing school.
While nursing school exams are knowledge-based, the NCLEX-RN® tests application and analysis using the
nursing knowledge you learned in school.
You will be tested on how you can use critical thinking skills to make nursing judgments.

CAT Scoring

The NCLEX uses computerized adaptive testing (CAT) to administer the exam.
CAT is a Method that uses computer technology and measurement to increase the efficiency and accuracy of
the exam process.

Required Entry Level Nursing Ability
What is Passing Standard?
The passing standards for the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN reflect the amount of nursing ability currently
required to practice competently at the entry level. Because nursing practice changes over time, the
NCSBN Board of Directors reevaluates the passing standards every three years when the test plans are

Passing Standard Considerations
 The results of a standard-setting exercise undertaken by the Panel of Judges. Currently, this
exercise consists of a criterion-referenced standard-setting method, with additional statistical
result compromise procedures. Also, a list of members on the Panel of Judges and their
qualifications are included.
 A historical record of the passing standard and annual summaries of candidate performance on
the NCLEX since the implementation of the CAT methodology in 1994.
 The results from the annual standard-setting survey, which solicits the opinions of employers and
educators regarding the competence of the current cohort of entry-level nurses.
 The educational readiness of high school graduates who expressed an interest in nursing.
Currently, American College Testing service (ACT) provides this information

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