Exam Publications

Exam Publications

Publication topics include: NCLEX Test Plans, Candidate Bulletins, nursing comparison studies, English proficiency tests, standard setting reports, readability studies, reliability & validity studies and other examination research.

  • Report of Findings from the 2018 LPN/VN Nursing Knowledge Survey (Vol. 76)

    This periodic performance of practice analyses (i.e., job analysis) studies assists NCSBN in evaluating the validity of the test plan that guides content distribution of the licensure examination. Because changes can occur in licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/VN) practice, practice analyses are conducted on a three-year cycle. 

    2019 | Research Item

  • 2019 NCLEX-RN Test Plan

    The NCLEX-RN examination test plan includes an in-depth overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam as well as NCLEX-style item writing exercises and case scenario examples.

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    2019 | Publication

  • 2019 NCLEX Information Flyer

    Highlights for before, during and after the NCLEX. Includes information on The Eight Steps of the NCLEX, acceptable identification and rules for scheduling/rescheduling your appointment.

    2018 | Publication

  • 2019 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin

    This resource serves as your guide from before to after the NCLEX, including important contact information, details on how to register, the NCLEX Candidate Rules and results processing.

    2018 | Publication

  • 2017 NCLEX-PN Test Plan

    The NCLEX-PN test plan includes an overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam.

    2016 | Publication

  • 2016 NCLEX-RN Detailed Test Plan - Educator Version

    The educator version of the 2016 NCLEX-RN Test Plan includes an in-depth overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam.

    2016 | Publication

  • 2017 NCLEX-PN Detailed Test Plan

    The detailed version of the NCLEX-PN examination test plan includes an in-depth overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam as well as NCLEX-style item writing exercises and case scenario examples.

    2016 | Publication

  • 2016 NCLEX-RN Detailed Test Plan - Candidate Version

    The candidate version of the NCLEX-RN examination test plan includes an in-depth overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam. 

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    2016 | Publication

  • You've Completed the NCLEX - But You Still Have Questions

    This brochure is for candidates who have just completed the NCLEX. Here, candidates can find information on how their results are processed, what happens if they don’t pass the exam, the NCLEX Quick Results Service, and who they can contact if they have a problem with the NCLEX or its administration.

    2015 | Publication

  • 2016 NCLEX-RN Basic Test Plan

    The basic NCLEX-RN test plan includes an overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam.

    2015 | Publication

  • 2014 NCLEX English Language Proficiency Passing Standards

    NCSBN conducted a standard-setting study in October 2012 to establish the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery

    (MELAB) passing standard, as related to entry-level nursing practice.

    2014 | Publication

  • Review of Entry-Level Characteristics and the NCLEX

    Analysis of data from a nine-year span indicated that nursing practice environment had become more complex; thus, the question arose about the current length of the entry-level nurse period.

    2014 | Publication

  • 2014 NCLEX-PN Test Plan - Basic

    The NCLEX examination test plan provides a concise summary of the content and scope of the examination. The test plan also serves as a guide for both examination development and candidate preparation.

    The 2014 NCLEX-PN Test Plan is effective April 1, 2014.

    2014 | Publication

  • Report of Findings from the 2014 RN Nursing Knowledge Survey (Vol. 63)

    This study identifies the knowledge needed by newly licensed RNs. The results of this study (i.e., the important knowledge statements) will be used to inform item development.

    2014 | Research Item

  • 2013 NCLEX-RN Test Plan - Basic

    The NCLEX examination test plan provides a concise summary of the content and scope of the examination. The test plan also serves as a guide for both examination development and candidate preparation.

    The 2013 NCLEX-RN Test Plan is effective April 1, 2013.

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    2013 | Publication

  • Report of Findings from the Comparison of Entry-level Registered Nurses in the U.S. and Ontario, Canada (Vol. 47)

    This study compares entry-level nursing activities of U.S. registered nurses with a cohort from Ontario, Canada. The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) collaborated with NCSBN on this initiative. (© 2010)

    2010 | Research Item

  • Report of Findings from the 2009 TUNING Analysis: A Comparison of U.S. and International Nursing Educational Competencies (Vol. 45)

    A new initiative seeks to understand the role of nurses and nursing education from an international perspective. The goal of this study was to evaluate the consistency of nursing educational competencies globally. (© 2010)

    2010 | Research Item

  • Report of Findings from the Comparison of Entry-level Registered Nurses in the U.S. and British Columbia, Canada (Vol. 48)

    This study compares entry-level nursing activities of U.S. registered nurses with a cohort from British Columbia, Canada. The College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) collaborated with NCSBN on this initiative. (© 2010)

    2010 | Research Item

  • Setting an English Language Proficiency Passing Standard for Entry-Level Nursing Practice Using the Pearson Test of English Academic

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) conducted a standard-setting study in November 2009 to establish a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic minimal passing standard, as related to entry-level nursing practice.

    2010 | Publication

  • A Minimum English Proficiency Standard for the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)

    A research brief highlighting the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) 2009’s initiative to determine a passing standard for nurses on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL® iBT).

    2009 | Publication

  • The NCLEX Delay Pass Rate Study

    NCSBN conducted a study to examine the relationship between passing the NCLEX examination and the amount of time elapsed between becoming eligible and actually taking the examination.

    2007 | Publication

  • The Readability of the NCLEX Examination

    NCSBN assesses the readability (the ease with which one can read and comprehend text) of each operational NCLEX pool of items before the pool is deployed for use.

    2004 | Publication

  • The Minimum Proficiency in English for Entry-Level Nurses: TOEFL(TM)

    State boards of nursing are charged with protecting the public through the regulation of nursing in their jurisdiction. One of the ways in which they perform that function is by setting and enforcing prerequisite conditions for getting a license.

    2004 | Publication

  • Investigate Reasons for Non-Licensure of Nursing School Graduates

    This NCSBN led study was designed to investigate the reasons why candidates who complete their nursing education, submit a registration for the NCLEX examination yet never take an NCLEX-RN® or NCLEX-PN® examination.

    2004 | Publication

  • Reliability and Validity

    The reliability of the NCLEX examination is assessed via a decision consistency statistic. This statistic is used instead of a traditional reliability statistic because it captures the reliability of dichotomous pass/fail decisions rather than the reliability of continuous scores or ability estimates.

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