Students studying for the NCLEX should take note of the modified nature of the exam during the COVID Crisis. Taken from a press release by the NCSBN:
The NCSBN Board of Directors voted to extend the modified NCLEX Examinations put in place on March 25, 2020, to ensure that candidates for nursing licensure were able to test in an environment that followed CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The modified exams will remain in effect through Sept. 30, 2020.
The time limit of the exam has been shortened to four hours in order to allow the maximum number of candidates to test per day. The pretest items and the special experimental Next Generation NCLEX section have been removed.
In the six weeks since the modified exam has been utilized, no negative impact on the candidates’ testing experience or results has occurred. The psychometric integrity of the NCLEX exams has not been compromised in any way and the difficulty levels and passing standards of the exams have not changed.
The entire press release is available on the NCSBN website.