has anyone used a "clicker" device for tests?

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by BacktotheBeach BacktotheBeach, ADN, BSN, RN Member

Has 10 years experience.

My school is now requiring us to buy these clicker type devices for fall. I understand their uses for feedback in class etc., but we have to take our exams on these things. We formerly used scantron. We were told that you cannot go back to a question once you have answered it.

I would love to hear from you if your school uses these, how does it work out? Any issues? Do you like it? Do you use it for exams or just in class responses?

Thanks!

sandanrnstudent

sandanrnstudent

233 Posts

i used one in my health science chem class. we used them for in class participation and daily 10 question quizzes. I liked it bc I could see how the overall class performed.

hope this helps.

sandan rnstudent

turnforthenurse, MSN, NP

Specializes in ER, progressive care. Has 7 years experience. 3,364 Posts

We used them to answer NCLEX-style questions in class, but never for an actual exam.

BacktotheBeach

BacktotheBeach, ADN, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience. 498 Posts

thanks, I am very worried about using them for the exams. Very worried.

Hospice Nurse LPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, Hospice. Has 15 years experience. 1,472 Posts

We use them for quizes, but not exams. I don't think I'd like it for an exam because my way of testing is to answer everything I KNOW and then return to the questions I'm not sure of. I didn't buy them, either. The school provides them.

NurseLoveJoy88

NurseLoveJoy88, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 6 years experience. 3,959 Posts

thanks, I am very worried about using them for the exams. Very worried.

I actually think it is a great idea. On the real NCLEX we don't have a scantron and we cannot go back to change our answer. I think your school is smart for preparing you are for the NCLEX in this manner. Don't be scared. Study hard and be prepared like you would do anyway.

I don't know how many times I have changed my right answer to the wrong answer. I wish I did have the clicker at times instead of my eraser !

Goodluck and let us know how it works out. I may even suggest this to the director of the program.

Jessicias85

Jessicias85

91 Posts

I had a clicker for a math class that I had. We used it for attendance and daily quizzes. You are able to chance your answer as long as the slide is still up but once it is changed, there is no going back. I don't think I would like these for anything bigger than an in class quiz

Iridescent Orchid, CNA, LPN

Specializes in CNA/LPN. Has 1 years experience. 597 Posts

I've used them for quizzes and also practice quizzes that didn't count as a grade in order to determine what areas you may need to study more in before tests or exams. I enjoy the clickers for reviewing and studying purposes...but by all means, not for a test. I'd be a nervous wreck.

BacktotheBeach

BacktotheBeach, ADN, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience. 498 Posts

I've used them for quizzes and also practice quizzes that didn't count as a grade in order to determine what areas you may need to study more in before tests or exams. I enjoy the clickers for reviewing and studying purposes...but by all means, not for a test. I'd be a nervous wreck.

We are all extremely nervous about having to test with these devices. I would love to hear from people who have used them for exams??!!!

Hospice Nurse LPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, Hospice. Has 15 years experience. 1,472 Posts

I actually think it is a great idea. On the real NCLEX we don't have a scantron and we cannot go back to change our answer. I think your school is smart for preparing you are for the NCLEX in this manner.

Great point, NurseLoveJoy88. I never thought of it this way. You're right, there's no going back when you are sitting for the NCLEX

SO Glad I stumbled upon this thread, I just found out I have to get a clicker for Patho... it will be my first time using one too!!:chair:

BabyLady

BabyLady, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, Post-partum. 2,300 Posts

I actually think it is a great idea. On the real NCLEX we don't have a scantron and we cannot go back to change our answer. I think your school is smart for preparing you are for the NCLEX in this manner. Don't be scared. Study hard and be prepared like you would do anyway.

I don't know how many times I have changed my right answer to the wrong answer. I wish I did have the clicker at times instead of my eraser !

Goodluck and let us know how it works out. I may even suggest this to the director of the program.

I would disagree with you on that...it is NOT how the NCLEX is structured.

When you miss a question on an actual exam, you automatically lose points...period.

The NCLEX requires you to get 50% of the questions correct on a determined level of difficulty..that means if you answered the first 30 or so INCORRECTLY and then start answering them CORRECTLY, you can still end up passing the NCLEX.

So no, that doesn't prepare you for the NCLEX in any way whatsoever.

It is just because the OP has teachers that are too lazy to grade tests.

Grading exams at the college level is much more than just knowing who missed what.