Quote from aka_glamour_pearl
from another post that i read, i believe there is some confusion. so, did the computer shut off or did you run out of time? the nclex-rn is a 6 hour exam, so how did you run out of time in 5 hours? you would have still had an hour left to complete the exam, so i'm thinking the computer "shut down" the examination after it determined that you had passed or failed. if you had a kaplan representative come to your campus then you probably remember the picture from the presentation of how the determiniation is made. remember the line. below the line failing. above the line passing. it doesn't sound like you ran out of time with 5hours....good luck, though.
the nclex-pn is 5 hours maximum, minimum 75q's and max is 205. quick results available after 48hrs - but i found some information from the pearsonvue website that answers your question (see scenerio 3):
nclex pass or fail decision rules
the decision as to whether a candidate passes or fails the nclex-rn and nclex-pn examination is governed by three different scenarios:
scenario # 1: the 95% confidence interval rule
this scenario is the most common for nclex examination candidates. the computer will stop administering items when it is 95% certain
that the candidate’s ability is either clearly above or clearly below the passing standard.
scenario #2: maximum-length exam
some candidate’s ability levels will be very close to the passing standard. when this is the case, the computer continues to administer
questions until the maximum number of items is reached. at this point, the computer disregards the 95% confidence rule and considers
only the final ability estimate:
• if the final ability estimate is above the passing standard, the candidate passes.
• if the final ability estimate is at or below the passing standard, the candidate fails.
scenario #3: run-out-of-time rule (r.o.o.t.)
if a candidate runs out of time before reaching the maximum number of items and the computer has not determined with 95% certainty
whether the candidate has passed or failed, an alternate criteria is used.
• if the candidate has not answered the minimum number of required items, the candidate automatically fails.
• if at least the minimum number of required items were answered, the computer looks at the last 60 ability estimates:
if the last 60 ability estimates were consistently above the passing standard, the candidate passes.
if the candidate’s ability estimate drops below the passing standard even once over the last 60 items, the examinee fails.
this does not mean that the candidate must answer the last 60 items correctly. each ability estimate is based upon all previous items