COVID-19: NCLEX Changed!!

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Have you guys seen the new update for the NCLEX exam?

What are your thoughts?

I see it a lot harder to prove that you’re competent. I don’t want to be a downer but doesn’t that mean with less questions you’ll need a greater percentage of correct questions to satisfy the competency level?

But again 4 hrs for a max of 130 questions is quite a lot of time to prove competency. Also

I also feel like they changed the standards. They just won’t straight out say that cause people gonna be going cray cray. We bout to see everybody with a license soon. But I pray it’s for the best.

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NurseBlaq

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130 questions in 4 hours = more time per question.

RNNPICU, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU. Has 16 years experience. 1,258 Posts

Also, perhaps they are taking out some of the future test questions.

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 20 years experience. 3,706 Posts

51 minutes ago, RNNPICU said:

Also, perhaps they are taking out some of the future test questions.

They are taking out non-scored questions. I am familiar with the test writing process as I've served on several NCLEX writing panels for NCSBN at Pearson Vue and while the removal of non scored questioned does significantly decrease the length of the exam that still doesn't account for a decrease from 265 questions max to 130 so yes, the actual test is shortened a bit.

5 hours ago, kbrn2002 said:

They are taking out non-scored questions. I am familiar with the test writing process as I've served on several NCLEX writing panels for NCSBN at Pearson Vue and while the removal of non scored questioned does significantly decrease the length of the exam that still doesn't account for a decrease from 265 questions max to 130 so yes, the actual test is shortened a bit.

Yeah they’ve removed the research questions. Yes that’s a huge decrease.
Do you think the exam will be more difficult than it already was?

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, Nursing Professional Development. Has 17 years experience. 5 Articles; 11,206 Posts

35 minutes ago, Clover123 said:

Yeah they’ve removed the research questions. Yes that’s a huge decrease.
Do you think the exam will be more difficult than it already was?

I doubt it. They’re still going to be using the exact same questions. They aren’t changing the passing level of the individual questions.

18 minutes ago, Rose_Queen said:

I doubt it. They’re still going to be using the exact same questions. They aren’t changing the passing level of the individual questions.

Got you. What resources you recommend for studying? Example: Uworld vs Kaplan.
I know we all learn differently

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Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, Nursing Professional Development. Has 17 years experience. 5 Articles; 11,206 Posts

Oh goodness. It had been YEARS since I took NCLEX. However, there are many posts regarding review programs in the NCLEX forum that can help you decide.

4 minutes ago, Rose_Queen said:

Oh goodness. It had been YEARS since I took NCLEX. However, there are many posts regarding review programs in the NCLEX forum that can help you decide.

Oh waw! LOL yes this been quite a while. I was still in school.

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 20 years experience. 3,706 Posts

55 minutes ago, Clover123 said:

Got you. What resources you recommend for studying? Example: Uworld vs Kaplan.
I know we all learn differently

NCSBN website has a lot of study resources in the candidate section. Advantage there is the study materials were created by the people that write and administer the test. Second advantage is they are free.

It's been years since I took the test and never used any other study resources but I have heard decent reviews about Kaplan

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KatieMI, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine. Has 9 years experience. 1 Article; 2,674 Posts

Goodness. It almost 2 minutes per question, and as minimum only 60 of them.

C'mon, you're given SAME exam on EASIER conditions.

adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU. 1 Article; 1,544 Posts

In addition, because there are fewer total questions, you're less likely to experience test fatigue (compared to somebody who got the max number of questions under the old conditions).