NCLEX Updates- Testing- Heres is he 411 On Rescheduling Your Exam

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Today, I thought that I would take a bit of time to share some updates surrounding NCLEX Testing updates in light of everything going on with the Coronavirus.

If you are planning to take your exam over the next month or so, this video will definitely assist you.

Ater making a number of changes to enhance the safety of those taking the test as well as the staff working in the centers test delivery at U.S.-and-Canada based Pearson VUE test centers, the NCLEX test administrator, resumes on March 25th at a limited number of test centers in major metropolitan areas across the United States and Canada.

Please see below for important changes to the delivery of the NCLEX examinations:

To ensure social distancing measures are in effect, as well as increase the number of candidates that can test daily, the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN, effective March 25, 2020 until July 2020, will be administered as follows:

  • Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) will still be used

  • The minimum number of test items will be 60

  • The maximum number of test items will be 130

  • The maximum testing time will be 4 hours

  • The difficulty level and passing standard has not changed

  • The Next Generation NCLEX Special Research Section will NOT be included.

Version 2 (updated 03/22/2020)

Important Notice: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and measures imposed by the federal, state and local governments, candidate testing has been interrupted. 

NCSBN is working with Pearson VUE to reopen some test centers and allow for testing in critical healthcare fields to continue to support the high demand due to COVID-19. 

Medical face masks and gloves are considered acomfort aid and do not require pre-approval. Rest assured that Pearson VUE is thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting their open test centers, including all objects that candidates interact with, including scanners, keyboards, and locker fobs with increased frequency and certainly between each test taker.

To ensure meeting social distancing requirements and maximize the number of candidates that can test each day in test centers, the NCLEX examination will be shortened to 4 hours. To achieve this, no pretest items will be included in the examination and the Next Generation NCLEX Research Section will be discontinued. Extensive analysis indicates these changes will not affect the necessary measurement characteristics, difficulty of the examination, the pass rate, or the candidate testing experience.

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