Quote from crb613
I remember reading a post on this. The poster (can't recall who) said Mosby's CAT was most like the NCLEX test she took & really prepared her. She passed the NCLEX & was really big Mosby. I hope this helps & maybe this poster will see this thread & give her thoughts.Good Luck
That would be me, most likely.
It was actually a little Mosby--and it was also exactly like the exams I had when I tested for my degree with Excelsior, but that would be another story.
When you see posters comparing 90's on the CAT and 60's on other instruments (usually non-adjusting assessments or reviews, right?), you are probably seeing comparisons between the probability of passing and the percent of questions answered right.
This is apples and oranges. With the exception of those who pass or fail with the minimum number of questions, it can be safely assumed that when the NCLEX shuts off, you have something just over (if passing) or just under (if not passing) 50% right. This is because the test keeps giving you questions until you demonstrate you are either safe or unsafe. It doesn't need to give you, say, 150 questions where you get 95% of them right (or wrong) to "know" this. It "knows" it when it has given you 75 questions and you got, say, 72 of the questions right (or wrong).
If you are getting some repeat questions, and you are also getting a high probability of passing, it is probably for this reason:
If you answer a question wrong, it will give you an easier question, and your probability of passing the NCLEX drops a little.
If you answer a question right, it will give you a harder question, and your probability of passing the NCLEX goes up a little.
If you get repeat questions and you have a high probability of passing (over 90%), it may just be because you are getting so many questions right that they are running out of the more difficult questions.
I would think this would be a very positive thing.
I have pushed the CAT on my friends (even gave one as a gift) and so far, every one of my friends who used it and did well on the CAT, also passed the NCLEX and
found it not very challenging.
That kind of boredom, I can use!
Good luck everybody.