In the know: NCLEX myths

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, November 9, 2009

The anxiety factor tied to the NCLEX lends itself to widespread rumors about how the exam works and speculation about changes in the testing protocol. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is the only reliable source of information to debunk these myths.

Current myths addressed by the NCSBN include the following:

MYTH: Some NCLEX questions require answers outside the scope of practice for nurses.
REALITY: All test questions have been reviewed and approved by the Exam Committee and are within the scope of nursing practice.

MYTH: Some candidates are randomly selected to receive the maximum number of questions regardless of performance on the exam.
REALITY: No candidate receives a preselected number of questions. The testing system gives questions until it has accurately determined the candidate's level of competence, then the test stops.

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