Change in NCLEX Questions??? BIG NEWS - page 2

Hey, Just wondering if anyone else has heard that the NCLEX is going to be changing the way the test questions are formatted ie, multiple answers to questions, using charts, graphs, fill in the... Read More

  1. by   javamom
    Our instructors just informed us of the changes today in class. They said there would be a questions such as "Where would you place your stethoscope to find the apical pulse" and then give you a person's body and you point to it and click.

    Or If you have a patient with an infected stage4, what type of protection will you use if the infection is not airborne. Then it will list multiple items such as gloves, isolation gown, mask, protective eyeware, etc.. and then you can click which ever you feel is appropriate based on standard precautions.

    I personally feel that until it's implemented and I'm closer to graduation, I'm not going to get my panties in a twist! :chuckle

    I think it'll be much more clear type questions if this were to happen! For the reasoning that there is only ONE right answer of where you can find an apical pulse! KWIM?
  2. by   Goldenearring1
    Just wanted to give you all an update on this. I spoke with the content manager of the NCSBN who administers the test. She said to me that these new "innovative" questions were going to be on the test as of April 2003. Right now they are in the test piloting stage, but they will be on the test for sure on the date specified above. And she said these multiple choice questions with multiple answers would not be given partial credit it's either right or wrong. Personally I am quite disturbed. I don't see how they can change this in the middle of an academic year. I have bought and studied so many NCLEX books that just have one best answer and no fill in the blanks, or charts, tables and graphs. I hope my post above doesn't make my fellow students more anxious, I just felt that this info was a "need to know" and not just "nice to know". I know there is nothing I can do to change this but I just wanted to be the one to inform.

    Thanks for listening...
  3. by   kimmicoobug
    Nope, for me I prefer this kind of testing. I either know it or I don't. Usually, when I test myself out of the NCLEX book, I don't even use the multiple choice. I either answer it or I don't. If I don't know the answer (husband reads questions to me) then I ask for the options. I hate multiple choice because I tend to read into the questions.
  4. by   nrselisa
    Moving this up ao more people can see it!
  5. by   emily_mom
    Personally, I would rather have more "hands on" questions.
  6. by   tatianamik
    The rumor I heard was that the new computer testing centers had to have sound capabilities. This makes me think that at some point they will introduce heart/lung/bowel sounds.

    Remember: 15 out of 75 questions are pilot questions that you will NOT be graded on.
  7. by   jedijennie
    Ok, I heard also that they will be doing that starting in April-but as part of the 15 questions that don't count. However, back in December in this ERI review thing our school required us to take as a review for the NCLEX, the teacher said that these questions are still being tested but will be on the NCLEX as COUNTING toward your pass/fail in April 2005, but when they first appear this year, they are just going to be tested.
  8. by   nurseleigh
    I graduated in December and I have not heard of any of my classmates getting anything but Multiple choice, so if they are piloting it, they missed all of us.

  9. by   orca1
    Our class is meeting with the Dean of our school on March 10 to discuss the NCLEX and the application process and such. I will tyr to remember to bring this up and see if she had heard anything.
  10. by   jedijennie
    Yes, actually-it's true. At Kaplan, they posted a thing about it, and even the board of nursing has it:

    On the homepage, on the left hand side it'll say something like, "for information on innovative test questions, click here" and it will open it up in PDF format. They are starting to administer them in April, but they won't count, they are just gathering test info on them. I don't know when they'll count, most likely in a year or two.
  11. by   orca1 I might have read the statement wrong but it sounds like they can be "scored" anytime after April 2003. Look under question 17. Did I read this wrong???

    If the questions are anything like the examples then they will be pretty easy but DOUBT IT!!!! Okay, I have been preparing for a multiple choice type test and now they are going to change the darn thing.

    Chant to self: Do not panic!! Do not panic!!!

    I will continue to look into it and keep this thread updated.

    Jedijennie: Thanks for the website info!!

    Last edit by orca1 on Feb 22, '03
  12. by   laurasjj
    I spoke with a professor at school who sits in to write NCLEX questions. She told me not to worry about the new questions, just to relax. But, after my brigade of questions, she told me some topics that they submitted for the "innovative questions."

    Crutch Walking
    Pin Sites (traction)

    She emphasized traction, crutch ambulation, and delegation while talking with her.

    I thought I needed to share this tidbit of info with all of you. It's not fair for me to know something alone.

  13. by   Katnip
    Gah. Traction. Ortho is not my thing. Thanks.