How is the NCLEX scored?
So the NCLEX is actually an incredible test. The academics and statistics behind how it scores is well-researched and very valid. It is also pretty complex. Let me try to explain…
Firstly, be assured that your test is scored twice. The computer where you take your test scores it and then Pearson Vue – the company that runs the test, scores it again. Just in case.
Most of us are used to going into a test and everyone gets the exact same test. Often, questions are multiple choice, short answer, matching, or essay. The issue with this, is it doesn’t give you any information but a basic average. Those with low ability can often guess on questions and perform better than their actual comprehension. Those with high ability often aren’t really challenged or scored correctly. A teacher can tell that they test “above average” but are not really sure how much they really know. In short, this type of test only tells you if you know about or more than the baseline concepts.