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About the NCLEXA Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Exam

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CAT Scoring

The NCLEX uses computerized adaptive testing (CAT) to administer the exam. CAT is a method that uses computer technology and measurement to increase the efficiency and accuracy of the exam process.

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Test Plans

The test plans contain in-depth information regarding exam content, exam administration and item writing tips. Starting in 2023, the test plans contain new information on clinical judgment.

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Passing Standard

The passing standard for the NCLEX is the cut point at which the minimum ability is determined to require safe and effective practice nursing at the entry level. The passing standards for the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN are reevaluated every three years.

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Practice Analyses

NCSBN Practice Analyses are the basis for the development of the NCLEX Test Plans and are conducted every three years. These job analyses assist NCSBN in evaluating the validity of the content distribution on the NCLEX.

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Canadian French Translation

To achieve consistency in the NCLEX test adaptation from English to Canadian French, NCSBN has developed the NCLEX translation process and an NCLEX Translation Lexicon.