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Keywords

Exit examination, HESI, NCLEX-RN

 

Authors

  1. ADAMSON, CAROLYN PhD, RN
  2. BRITT, ROBIN EdD, RN

Abstract

Since 1996, the accuracy of the HESI Exit Exam, or E2 in predicting NCLEX success has been scientifically investigated. Five previously conducted studies determined that the E2 was between 96.36% and 98.30% accurate in predicting NCLEX-RN success (N = 27037). However, all five of these studies examined the accuracy of the E2 in predicting NCLEX success based on the first administration of the E2. This study (N = 10147), which examined the predictive accuracy of parallel versions of the E2, found that there was no significant difference in predictive accuracy between the first (96.44%) and second (92.94%) versions of the E2, but the third (82.50%) version was significantly less accurate in predicting NCLEX-RN success than were the first two E2versions. The authors conjectured that students taking the E2 for the third time were at greater risk for NCLEX-RN failure than were those who successfully met the school's designated benchmark score the first or second time they took the E2.