Back in 2013, King University started up their new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN). After a rigorous two years of schooling, the first graduating class immerged victoriously.
As students in the BSN program prepare to graduate, the celebration is tempered by the need to prepare for the NCLEX-RN. The good news is that with diligent study, the odds are on their side since the national average pass rate is roughly 87 percent.
The first wave of King University’s BSN graduates has raised the bar for graduating BSN classes all over the country, boasting a 100 percent pass rate.
The NCLEX’s computerized adaptive testing (CAT) feature factors in every answer the examinee submits, re-estimating the test taker’s ability throughout the testing process so as to adjust the difficulty of the questions it delivers and the order in which the more difficult questions appear. The automated system is designed to select questions that are meant to be challenging based on the test-takers demonstrated ability and give progressively more challenging questions, as opposed to overwhelming test takers with a series of difficult questions. Although all test takers are required to demonstrate competency by answering questions of the same difficulty level, the CAT system assures the most efficient and fair testing process.
Listed are some strategies for success when approaching this exam:
- Test takers should be wary of stating absolutes, and should shy away from answers that include words such as “always”, “never”, or “only.”
- Examinees should also stay away from answers that label the clients as incompetent; instead, select an answer that focuses on the care seeker as a worthy human being.
- Students will do well when using the process of elimination; wrong choices tend to be too wordy or very brief.
The students of King University have been excellently prepped. One assistant professor at the university believes that the exceptional students are thriving because of their smaller cohort sizes. This allows for more individualized attention and excellent clinical rotations.
To finish off this Cinderella story, every one of these graduates got hired by their first choice employer. Some of these students were even offered positions prior to graduation. Hard work does get recognized, and it does pay off.