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National League for Nursing Introduces Innovative Testing Services Platform to Advance Excellence in Nursing Education

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Substantial Investment in Cutting-Edge Technology Improves NLNs Full Range of Testing and Remediation Services, Enables New Platform to Perform at the Highest Internet Speeds

New Line of Achievement Tests in Spanish Promote Diversity, an NLN Core Value


New York, NY — July 26, 2011 — An innovative testing services platform three years in the making, ACTION (Advanced Collegiate Testing & Integrated Online Network), has been unveiled by the National League for Nursing, the organizations testing services division has announced.

Fully integrated, ACTION has been designed to support both paper and web-based testing environments, with features that include NEW:

  • Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) Module that allows students to test in a true NCLEX environment
  • Tools for easier test session navigation
  • NCLEX® Preparation & Review Module
  • Updated norming data in achievement exams
  • Spanish language line of achievement exams, with norming data
  • Score report format, based on feedback from nurse educators
  • Assessment reports, with fast turn-around, for schools, faculty, and students
  • Multi-campus administrative module
  • Upgraded exam security, e.g., proctor accounts to protect administrative records
  • Upgraded registration tools to permit schools to self-monitor registration
"As always, as the voice for nursing education, the NLN seeks to provide the highest quality tools to promote success in todays learning environment for future leaders in nursing, as well as those currently advancing through their nursing careers," said NLN president Cathleen M. Shultz, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN.

"ACTION represents a significant investment to improve the NLNs full range of testing and remediation services. In accordance with the NLNs core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence, this new testing platform is certain to ensure a seamless experience for all administrators, faculty, and, most importantly, nursing students," added Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, the NLNs CEO. "For example, now, for the first time, Spanish-speaking test-takers who prefer to sit for Achievement Exams in their first language will have the option to do so."

Equally important is the substantial investment the NLN has made in cutting-edge IT and technology resources to support this new testing platform, enabling ACTION to perform at the highest Internet speeds. Additionally, the NLN has established data centers in two separate locations—New York and Atlanta—to minimize downtime and provide comprehensive backup of all data and testing software. Both sites are equipped with state-of-the-art servers, dual redundant failover systems, and load balancers, allowing maximum optimization and ensuring the most reliable testing platform and remediation environment possible.

For more information and to inquire about obtaining the new ACTION Testing Services Platform, email

Editors and Reporters: For interview opportunities, please contact NLN chief communications officer, Karen R. Klestzick, at 212-812-0376 or

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 35,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members who represent nursing education programs across the academic spectrum and organizations committed to health care.