Have you heard this about the NCLEX?

  1. I graduate in May and my instructor informed us today that the format of the NCLEX is going to change. She wasn't really clear about details but that this new format will be more "challenging" Instead of just one right answer A, B, C or D it will be (for example) choose all that are correct: A, A and B, B, B and C....etc I was wondering if anyone knew if this new format is already in effect, or will if effect those graduating in May....I'm worried!!!
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    A couple of times a month a new thread gets started that says the same thing. They always hear it from a good source, but amazingly the good source is always "unclear" as to all of the details.

    Forget about it. Even if it is going to change, will it change the way you study or prepare yourself for it? It cannot change what you've learned. Just concentrate on school right now.

    Good luck.

  4. by   jessjoy

    I got this right off the NCLEX website. They say that after April 2003 they are starting an "innovative" format that allows students to choose more than one answer, fill in the blanks, and identify areas on a picture or graph....I'm not liking the sound of this!!
  5. by   New CCU RN
    They have been saying this for a while. However, before it becomes a common practice they will have these questions as "practice questions" ...remember out of the min of 75.... 15 of those are experimental. Anyhow, I am sure they are going to need to check the validity of these questions over and over again before it becomes commonplace...thus, you prolly have a long while before this happens......
    Again, I'm not impressed. It says that current NCLEX questions will not be replaced by these "innovative" questions, but rather be added to them as supplementation.

    And for each of the three sample questions given, whether or not I had the answer there to choose made no difference in whether or not I knew the answer.

    And like New CCU RN said, they have been claiming that they are gonna implement these types of questions within the next few months since back when I was in school.

    Last edit by OBNURSEHEATHER on Mar 4, '03
  7. by   jessjoy
    I hope you're right Heather....I am so close to taking the test that any change in the way it is being offered scares me. It seems like whenever anything "innovative" comes out they have to work the kinks out and I don't need any kinks at this point. Thanks for trying to settle my nerves though
    Don't worry about what may or may not lie ahead, it will only make you sick! Just worry about right now, and take it one day at a time. (boy, that 12-step speak comes back pretty easy!)

    Good luck!

  9. by   aleksandar
    Knowledge is science I said!!! Looked in Croatia, our exam is oral and a lot of people pass him, and they are dangerous for health of people. Better NCLEX means better quality of nurses. I pleasing that same things come also in croatia. Do you now that we don't have licensing after every 2 or 3 years. It is enough to pass first exam and you can work forever. That is crime. And I think same like HEATHER: It cannot change what you've learned
  10. by   litebrite
    Got in e-mail from Kaplan today:

    Starting April 1, 2003, you may see new kinds of questions on the NCLEX!

    ** Multiple-choice questions that require more than one
    ** Fill-in-the-blank questions
    ** Pictures or graphs that require you to identify a "hot spot" or specific area
    To see sample questions and get more information, click here.(I copied the link below) I ex-lains it and shows examples.


    According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, these new question types will initially be considered experimental and won't influence your results. However, once enough statistical information has been collected, these questions will be counted.

    To learn more about the NCLEX and Kaplan's NCLEX Classroom Course, call us at 1-800-533-8850.
    Prepare for the NCLEX with Kaplan and pass the first time!

    Judith A. Burckhardt, MEd, RN
    Executive Director, Nursing

    Kaplan, Inc.
    888 Seventh Avenue
    New York, NY 10106

    HERE IS A LINK FROM KAPLAN--Has sample questions and answers.


    I don't know if this posted posted somewhere else, if so sorry. I get e-mails from kaplan and though I would share!!
  11. by   Gigglesforall
    Today one of my instructors said that either this year or next year they will do a trial on "open-ended" questions, which pretty means short answer. I think the plan was to incorporate this type of question in two years, which unfortunately is when I will be taking it. I guess it all depends on how it goes during the trial run!
  12. by   Katnip
    Just started my Kaplan review. There will be new types of questions on this spring's NCLEX, most of those will have about 6 answer choices, and you need to choose all that apply to get the answer right. We're going over them now.

    Some of the questions will count, some not. In all NCLEX exams there are "dummy" questions that don't count toward your score but are used to statistical purposes, and not just "testng" the test questions.

    Hope that wasn't too confusing.
  13. by   NurseWeasel
    Doods, calm down! You will either know it or you won't. Format isn't gonna make one whit of difference. NCLEX is run / reviewed by a professional testing service so it's not like you're going to get jacked around with poorly worded questions and choices of answers (like in *ahem* SOME nursing schools *cough cough* mine included). No sense stressing yourself out over something for which you have NO CONTROL. Go with the flow. Relax.
    ^5 NurseWeasel.