Quote from hypnotic_nurse
So if you answer all the questions correctly, the computer wouldn't shut off until it reached 265? Just curious.
The soonest the computer can shut off is at 75 questions. For the computer to shut off before 265 questions it must determine with a 95% confidence level that you have either passed or failed the exam also it would shut off if you ran out of time.
Note, that although the system is designed to ask questions at a level where you will get about 50% correct one could in theory get almost all questions correct. A theoretical "Ken Jennings" of nursing might get almost all of the very hardest questions correct however his computer still wouldn't shut off until he reached 75 questions. My point however
was that there is not good reason that someone should have to answer harder questions just because they can. Instead, the system should ask all "passing level" questions. Either you would get the required percentage correct (say around 50%) or you wouldn't. The current system "punishes" those who can answer harder questions which are in excess of what they need to pass the exam without compensation. It would be like making really good drivers take their driving test on Europes Autobahn when all they needed to do (to pass) would be to drive safely on a rural Kansas Interstate. I would argue that these "harder than passing" questions tend to cause unessary stress that is not compensated (since there is only pass/fail and no one gives you any credit for answering more difficult questions). One might imagine that a federal lawsuit based upon 14th Amendment equal protection grounds might apply to this scenario.
My point with the test results was only that the technology exists to instantly
give you your test results (since all states have the same passing standard) and that there is no good
reason that this is not done other than the fact that bureaucrats do as they dammed well please (also I'm sure they make a fair penny selling the $10.00 early test results product).