I heard the passing standard has been raised for the NCLEX. Is that true?

The passing standard did not change for the NCLEX-RN Examination in 2016.The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) voted on Dec. 17, 2012, to raise the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination (the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). The passing standard was revised from the previous -0.16 logits* to 0.00 logit beginning April 1, 2013, with the implementation of the 2013 NCLEX-RN Test Plan.   The passing standard remains in effect through March 31, 2019.

The NCLEX-PN Test Plan went into effect April 1, 2017, and includes newly approved NCLEX Client Needs category percentages, and additionally, a new fifth integrated process: Culture and Sensitivity. The passing standard for the 2017 NCLEX-PN test plan was not raised.  

What that means to you:  The 2013 RN NCLEX Test Plan changes were minimal but the standard of passing was increased.  The content on which you are testing has also changed minimally.  The passing bar has increased.  For example, if you had a Pharmacology test in school that required a 78 to pass, with an increased passing standard, you might have to make an 80 to pass.   Hurst students should not be worried, as they are fully prepared and provided everything they need to pass the first time!

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