Purpose: Evaluates the knowledge, abilities and skills required for entry-level nursing practice as measured by NCLEX-PN®.
Format: 150 multiple-choice, four-option items
Administration: Can be administered in two-and-one-half hours. Schedule at the completion of the nursing program. The NLN DRT is nonsecure and therefore may be ordered by educators and nurse candidates. Test booklets do not need to be returned and can be used for further study and remediation. This test may be administered as a computer-based test (CBT) or paper-based test (PBT).
Scoring: Performance reports for the DRT provide diagnostic information about strengths and weaknesses in the areas of health alterations, the nursing process, client needs, and clinical nursing. The detailed, individual performance profile uses a graph to indicate strengths and weaknesses on 28 subscales related to those four areas. A statement about the likelihood of success on NCLEX-PN® is included based on the total score earned. Class summary reports display numerical scores with indicators of overall student strengths and weaknesses. The report provides educators with the names of students who demonstrated relative weakness in each content area, and can help educators to devise an effective group study plan. Correct answer rationales to every item and a reference list are provided.
Online users receive immediate feedback of individual and class test results.
For those who purchase the paper version, two copies of each individual diagnostic profile are provided, one for the examinee and one for faculty analysis. A class summary report for the group is also furnished.