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April 1st marks the day we have all been waiting for (or dreading) since the NCSBN announced there were going to be changes to the NCLEX . . . NextGen-style questions! If this time wasn’t already stressful enough for you, now you have to worry about “something new”. I want to take a few minutes to let you know that you will be okay. YOU CAN DO THIS and NURSING.com has your back.
Want to learn more about the NextGen NCLEX? Check out our in-depth guide here! NextGen NCLEX guide
One question that might be on your mind is, Will the scoring of NextGen NCLEX be different from the traditional NCLEX? Well, the answer is yes . . .
You're in luck, over the last 2 years, I have been knees-deep studying the changes to the NCLEX. In this post, I will explain everything I learned about how the scoring works on the NextGen NCLEXMatrix Multiple Choice questions. After reading you will have confidence when you click submit after every question on the NCLEX.
To know how many points the question is worth just count the number of rows. For example, the question below is worth 5 points because it has 5 rows . . . easy enough, right?
The scoring for this is done by what's called zero-one scoring. In other words, you can get one point if you get it right or you get zero points if you get it wrong. That's why they call it zero one! You can get up to one point for each row.
+1 for each right answer
0 for each wrong answer
Add up the points for each row
To help understand the scoring a little better, let's look at how this would work with an actual example.