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Preparing for the Enhanced Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) Exam: What International Nurses, International Nursing Graduates Should Know

  • Publish Date: Posted 12 months ago
  • Author:by Conexus MedStaff

​If you’re an international nurse or an international nursing student on the F1 visa looking to start your career as a U.S. nurse, you’ll need to pass the NCLEX-RN exam before you can start working. On April 1, 2023, the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) launched, replacing the original NCLEX exam. This enhanced exam was created to better measure nursing candidates’ clinical judgment and decision-making abilities through the use of innovative item types.

Although the NGN features new types of questions and scoring rules to measure clinical judgement more reliably, it is not a new test; it is an enhanced and improved version of the NCLEX.

How is the NGN different from the original NCLEX?

  • There are new question-styles being introduced

  • Looks at situations as a “whole” versus a “snip” picture.

  • Scoring – select all that apply now has partial credit.

  • Minimum questions 70, maximum is 135.

What is staying the same with the change from NCLEX to NGN?

  • The time to take the exam is the same, allowing five hours for completion

  • The delivery method is a Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT)

  • The candidate performance report (CPR) will be part of the NGN. If the test-taker fails, they will usually be notified within 48 hours.

What are some of the new question types?

The new questions will include enhanced hot spot, extended multiple response, extended drag and drop, cloze dropdown, and matrix grid.

How can I prepare for the new types of questions on the NGN?

Because we are committed to the success of international nurses and U.S.-trained international nursing graduates, we put together a training webinar, which outlines strategies for passing the Next Generation NCLEX, example questions, and a detailed explanation of the NGN.

Get free access and watch our Next Generation NCLEX webinar today.

What if I need additional help preparing for the Next Generation NCLEX?

For international nurses living overseas who have not yet taken the NCLEX and need support preparing for the exam, Conexus MedStaff offers our NCLEX Sponsorship program. Through this new program, Conexus MedStaff will provide personalized training and support to international nurses as they prepare to take the NCLEX-RN exam. Nurses will receive individual and small group training courses, and review sessions to ensure they receive guidance catered to their specific educational needs. 

Apply today to start your journey as a U.S. nurse, and find out if you are eligible for the NCLEX Sponsorship program.