Candidate Performance ReportA Comprehensive Report for Candidates That Do Not Pass

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What is a Candidate Performance Report (CPR)?

The NCLEX CPR is an individualized, two-page document sent to candidates when they fail the exam. For those who fail, it provides information on their performance across various aspects of the examination, categorized by the test plan content area and clinical judgment categories. If candidates did not answer the minimum number of items on the exam, 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.

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What can the CPR tell a candidate about their exam?

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 CPR provides:

  • A brief review of the results of the examination.

  • Resources and URL links for further review prior to retesting.

  • Performance indicators for each of the NCLEX Test Plan Content Areas and Clinical Judgment, based on candidate performance (ability):

    • "Below the Passing Standard"
    • "Near the Passing Standard"
    • "Above the Passing Standard"

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.