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group learning, high-stakes testing, learning style inventory, NCLEX-RN(R), nursing education



  1. Lown, Susan G. DNP, RN, CNE
  2. Hawkins, Lee Ann PhD, RN, FNP


Improving NCLEX-RN(R) pass rates remains a priority for nursing programs. Many programs collect learning style inventory data, yet few studies have looked at relationships between these data and NCLEX-RN pass/fail rates. Learning style preferences (visual, auditory, tactile, individual, group) and NCLEX pass/fail results were examined for 532 undergraduates in a Midwestern university. A significant correlation between preference for group learning and failure of the NCLEX was found ([chi]2 = 5.99, P = .05).