Why not immediate results?

  1. I am only starting my nursing classes in August - but have been reading here since January!

    Can someone explain to me why you are not informed immediately if you passed or failed the NCLEX?

    I am taking an online class presently and took my first onsite test. At the end of the test my score came on the screen. Why not with the NCLEX?
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   twarlik
    I've wondered the same thing. When we take our HESI tests on the computer, we get the results immediately. I wonder if w/ the NCLEX, they do some sort of further analysis that can't be done right away.
  4. by   canoehead
    Probably to prevent the celebrating and sobbing from disturbing other testtakers.
    Can you imagine the hubbub in the testing room if they told you right away?
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I was one of the first people to take the computerized NCLEX in 1994 and the guy at the Sylvan Learning Center told me I passed without a problem right there. However, then a few months later I heard (from the class after me) that there was a waiting period.
  6. by   mauser
    I thought there was this SOLID, well-known reason that everyone one knew - but being new, I was missing!


    "...Probably to prevent the celebrating and sobbing from disturbing other testtakers...."

    I took my youngest for her driver's test last year, and you could always tell by the faces (especially the girls) who passed and who didn't!
  7. by   missnurse01
    I thought that I read that they go back and handscore each test to make sure the grading was correct...I can't imagine the computer screws up really that often! I have tested out of other subjects at the same testing facility and always got my result right there. I think the nclex website has info.
  8. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from canoehead
    Probably to prevent the celebrating and sobbing from disturbing other testtakers.
    And people wanting immediate answers and arguing and whining and threatening the testers...etc.

    These days when postal workers shoot up their workplaces, road rage runs rampant, and students murdering their classmates for a pair of shoes, this is a very good SOLID reason not to give immediate results.

    Please also understand that in some places, and less than ten years ago, we were required to wait up to 10 weeks for results. What is the big deal about a few days.
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  9. by   Mithrah
    The NCLEX is graded twice. Once at the testing center, then again by the state board to ensure accuracy.

    I don't think it has anything to do with potential reactions from those who do not pass. Although, it would make perfect sense. I wouldn't want to hear someone crying or whispering "YES" while I was testing. It would make me lose focus.

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