NCLEX Authorities Predict Diminished First Time Pass Rate on State Standardized Nursing Exam

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The National Council Nursing Program has experienced a decline in the passing rates of students due to the more difficult NCLEX-RN exam, which intends to combat.

The National Council Nursing Program has experienced a decline in the passing rates of students due to the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for RNs. This computerized nursing exam, provides certification for trained graduates under the nursing training of colleges and other healthcare education institutions. April 1, 2010 marked the first day of heightened difficulty for the NCLEX. Those who take the NCLEX now will encounter a test that is more difficult to pass than the one students took three years ago. In response to the falling pass rates, has launched an online NCLEX review that promises to help restore the national pass rate.

“Nursing practice is more difficult today than it was in 2007,” says Casey Marks, chief operating officer of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, based in Chicago. “The bar has been raised, and, quite simply, the exam is harder. It’s projected that fewer students will pass on the first attempt.”

The increased difficulty of the NCLEX and the drop in NCLEX scores has motivated colleges to bring in more specialized faculty to help the students prepare for the new standard of the intuitive, computerized test. Online training sites and more innovative ways of learning are being developed and implemented by practitioners to offer comprehensive, multi sensory study systems designed for higher retention of information leading to higher pass rates of the more difficult exam.

A critical attribute of video-based learning is the ability to use both auditory and visual symbol systems. According to a study from the Educational Journal Psychology done by P. Baggett, when auditory and visual symbols are presented together, each source reinforces the other and the information becomes more solidified in our minds.

Founders of, Jason Morecraft and Viktoria Lindskog have already helped thousands of nursing students to pass specialized nursing exams. They’ve now expanded to meet the needs of their exiting customers by launching, another video-based learning program that incorporates video content proven to result in higher pass rates. “Our online NCLEX Review was developed to answer back to the more difficult NCLEX exam in hopes of decreasing the nursing shortage and putting more qualified nurses to work,” says Viktoria Lindskog, “If we can simulate the exam by using interactive learning techniques then we’ll succeed at preparing students for what to expect on their test date.”

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