In traditional tests, all candidates are exposed to the same questions and number of items. The exam evaluates the candidate’s ability to respond correctly to a fixed number of questions in a fixed period of time.
In contrast, computer-adaptive testing actively and continuously adapts to the test taker’s ability level and provides each writer with a unique set and number of questions. The NCLEX-RN measures the difficulty level vs. the number of questions.
Exam candidates do not waste time on questions that are too hard or too easy, and we fulfill our mandate to reliably assess an applicant’s ability to meet the competencies needed to practise safely, effectively and ethically as a newly registered entry-level RN.