The NCLEX CPR is an individualized, two-page document sent to candidates if they fail the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN. If candidates did not answer at least 75 questions, they’ll receive an abbreviated CPR. This will tell candidates how many questions were answered and how many are required to be evaluated. No further diagnostic information is provided.
The CPR is only intended to provide indications of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. The NCLEX is not graded in sections. The overall performance on the exam determines the pass/fail status.
The number of questions a candidate answered is an indication of how close the candidate was to the passing standard. Only those candidates whose performance was close to the passing standard had to answer the maximum of 130 questions. For candidates whose performance was further away from the passing standard, fewer items were required before a confident pass or fail decision could be made.
These descriptions can be used to determine in which areas of the Test Plan the candidate has shown the greatest weakness and as a guide to prepare the candidate to retake the exam. Candidates should concentrate first in those areas listed under "Below the Passing Standard" and work up to those areas listed in "Near the Passing Standard." Furthermore, even though the ability for a given content area may indicate that it is above the passing standard, these areas should be studied as well in order to maintain proficiency.