NCSBN Makes Modifications to NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN
NCSBN will make several modifications to both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examinations beginning Oct. 1, 2020.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCSBN introduced several carefully evaluated and tested modifications to the NCLEX examinations. These modifications will expire on Sept. 30, 2020. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, NCLEX exams will retain some of the characteristics of the modified exam. The difficulty levels and passing standards of the exams have not changed.
The modifications effective Oct. 1, include:
- Pretest items will be reintroduced. Each candidate will get 15 pretest items in their exam.
- Due to the addition of the 15 pretest items, the minimum length exam will be 75 items and the maximum length exam will be 145 items.
- The examination time will be five hours.
- The voluntary Next Generation NCLEX Special Research Section will be reintroduced.
- The NCLEX Tutorial will be replaced with a general guide and test-taking tips.
A more detailed explanation of the modifications can be found here.
Specific questions about the examination changes can be addressed to NCLEX information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pearson VUE testing centers will continue to adhere to all CDC guidelines for social distancing, and cleaning and disinfection. Candidates and testing center personnel will be screened and required to wear masks while in the center.