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Five Things Students Should Do to Pass the New NCLEX

Five Things Students Should Do to Pass the New NCLEX

A brand-new year means brand-new standards, at least for the NCLEX.

With the December 15 announcement by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to raise the passing standard on the NCLEX-RN exam, aspiring nurses taking the test after April 2010 may find the exam more challenging than anticipated.

Historically, new standards have been shown to affect passing rates. The change in standards set by the NCSBN in 2007 resulted in a drop in pass rates by approximately three percentage points among first-time test takers in the United States.

New Test

First of all, how much has the test changed? Among other things, here are three changes you can expect on the new NCLEX test in April 2010:

• The Management of Care subcategory currently comprises 13 to 19 of the exam; this will increase to 16 to 22 percent.

• The Reduction of Risk Potential subcategory currently comprises 13 to 19 percent of the exam; this will decrease to 10 percent.

• A newly designed test interface will launch, including a different font and reshuffled button placements. Now is a better time than ever to develop proper prep skills and good study habits.

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