# Shut down NCLEX on 115 questions, got last question wrong

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rocky (New)

Has 2 years experience.

I got my last question wrong, my exam shut down at 115 questions.

Does this mean I failed ?

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

No it doesn’t

Has 2 years experience.

thank you for responding..

I still don't understand why would they shut down with last question which I gave wrong answer.. unless you failed...

ah! so nervous

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

NCLEX is a computer adaptive test. It looks at the last 60 questions to determine if you get another question. You start the test at the passing line (0 on the graph). If you answer a question correctly, then you get a question that is slightly higher in difficulty (+1). If you answer a question wrong, you get a question that is slightly less difficult (-1). After 60 questions, the computer determines "Did you remain above the pass line for the last 60 questions?" If you did then it stops and you passed. If you kept dipping below the pass line up until question 55, but stayed above after that point, then the computer looks at 56-115 and determines that you stayed above the pass line for 60 questions at question 115 and stops (you passed). If you had dipped at any point then the 60 question count starts again at that question. If you were continuously below the pass line for the 60 question period, then it stops and you failed.

To answer your question, if you were at +3 at question 114 (based on the graph) and answered question 115 wrong (taking you down to +2) and remained above the pass line for the last 60 questions, then you passed even though you answered the last question wrong.

Has 2 years experience.

@NICU Guy. thank you for replying and explaining...

so scared...

On 6/30/2020 at 11:06 AM, NICU Guy said:

NCLEX is a computer adaptive test. It looks at the last 60 questions to determine if you get another question. You start the test at the passing line (0 on the graph). If you answer a question correctly, then you get a question that is slightly higher in difficulty (+1). If you answer a question wrong, you get a question that is slightly less difficult (-1). After 60 questions, the computer determines "Did you remain above the pass line for the last 60 questions?" If you did then it stops and you passed. If you kept dipping below the pass line up until question 55, but stayed above after that point, then the computer looks at 56-115 and determines that you stayed above the pass line for 60 questions at question 115 and stops (you passed). If you had dipped at any point then the 60 question count starts again at that question. If you were continuously below the pass line for the 60 question period, then it stops and you failed.

To answer your question, if you were at +3 at question 114 (based on the graph) and answered question 115 wrong (taking you down to +2) and remained above the pass line for the last 60 questions, then you passed even though you answered the last question wrong.

I took my test yesterday and it shut down at 60 questions. Honestly I remember thinking while taking the test that it was too easy. Do you think that's a sign that I was below the passing line? I'm pretty confident I answered most of the questions I was given correctly but when I did the PVT I got the bad pop up twice. I hope I didn't bomb the test so bad that I failed at 60🤔