So, I took a nursing exam today and on this exam, there was a question that was pretty incredible. I got the question right, but I was pretty infuriated that my instructor defended the validity of this exam question. I won't give you the exact question, but here is a replica of question's structure:
Instructions: Use the lettered answers for questions 30-32.
Question (fill in the blanks): The two most common household (30)_______ are (31)_______ and (32)________.
During the exam, I approached my instructor and asked, "Couldn't questions 31 and 32 both be either c or d? And will you accept either c or d for both?"
"No. Answer the question exactly as it is on the slides. There is a certain order that they're in on the slides and you have to answer it that way."
The correct answers were:
31 - C (cats)
32 - D (dogs)
So, even though the two answers are correct in any order, if you didn't supply them in the exact order they were written on the lecture slides, you missed 2 questions on the exam which, on a 55 question exam (as this one was) is a total of 4% of your exam grade.
Nov 15, '12
Quote from Jennybrie
I understand that the question is a replica. The format of the question has nothing to do with nursing at all unless you are prioritizing your care. The NCLEX has a lot of what would you do first, second, third, etc. If that was the point of the question then it does matter that dogs come before cats or that pt with a glucose of 62 is seen before the post-op pt running a temp.
I have to ask out of curiousity.....is this a nursing class or a pre-req course?
It is an exact
replica in structure. The original question was the very same premise as the dog and cat question. It asked what are the two most likely causes for a specific complication. Like this:
(30)_______ strokes occur when the arteries to your brain become narrowed or blocked, causing severely reduced blood flow. The two most common causes include (31)________ and (32)__________.
If I had answered embolism and thrombus instead of thrombus and embolism, I'd have gotten two questions wrong and had 4% taken off of my exam grade.
Unfortunately, it had nothing at all to do with prioritization. If it had, I wouldn't have been so annoyed. That would have made absolute sense.
In answer to your question, this is a nursing course (I mentioned that in the first post, too). My final nursing course, actually. I graduate next month.
Last edit by metal_m0nk on Nov 15, '12