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As the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) announced in late-August 2019, the NCLEX will be undergoing format changes and test updates. The Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) will be released in April 2023, and it's important for nursing students and professionals to understand the changes that are coming.
New Types of Questions
One of the major changes to the NGN is the introduction of new types of questions. According to the NCSBN, the new format is intended to better measure clinical judgment. These new question types will include case studies, which will require test-takers to analyze and apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. Additionally, the NGN will include questions that test nurses' ability to think critically and make sound clinical decisions.
Why the Changes?
The primary goal of the NGN is to protect the public and achieve the best outcomes for clients, nurses, and institutions. The NCSBN believes that the new format and question types will better measure the knowledge and skills that nurses need to provide safe and effective care.
How to Prepare
As the NGN will be more focused on critical thinking and clinical judgement, it's important for nursing students and professionals to focus on developing these skills. Kaplan Test Prep recommends studying with sample questions and case studies, as well as reviewing key nursing concepts and practices. Additionally, practicing time management and test-taking strategies can help you feel more confident and prepared on test day.
The Next Generation NCLEX is coming in April 2023, and it's important for nursing students and professionals to understand the changes that are coming. By focusing on developing critical thinking and clinical judgement skills, studying sample questions and case studies, and practicing time management and test-taking strategies, you can feel more prepared and confident on test day.