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Assessment of Critical Thinking

Online, self-paced CE course

Inspire and measure higher-level thinking.

Cost: US$90

CE Credit: 15.6 Contact Hours

Subscription Length: 6 weeks

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Audience: Experienced educators and participants who want to learn to write (or convert items to) higher-level items that assess critical thinking. We recommend completing the Test Development and Item Writing course first, however, it is not required.

Learn to confidently assess critical thinking... straight from the experts!

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Critical thinking is a skill that every nursing faculty hopes to pass on to their students. Developed by the experts who manage the content and item writing for the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations, this self-paced course takes you beyond the basics of Test Development and Item Writing to convert test questions to higher-level items.

You will receive six weeks of unlimited, 24-hour access to the course and receive 15.6 contact hours for only $90!

Add to your nursing educator credentials by signing up today!

Convert your test questions into higher-level items.

Learning the principles that guide testing can make a big difference in how skillfully, quickly and confidently you can build an examination. As you learn the principles of higher-level test item construction, you'll master these course objectives:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the foundation for writing higher-level items.
  • Integrate assessment of critical thinking into course design.
  • Utilize content classification/taxonomy criteria in item design.
  • Judge components of a well-designed item.
  • Apply criteria for writing higher-level items.
  • Increase the ability to critique higher-level items.
  • Use criteria for converting good items to higher-level items.

Build your nursing instructor resources through flexible e-learning.

As a busy nurse educator, you can take full advantage of the flexibility of e-learning as you:

  1. Learn directly from the experts through a series of lessons guided by Content Associates within the NCLEX Examinations department of NCSBN.

  2. Reflect on what you learn by completing interactive workbook exercises.

  3. Utilize nursing instructor resources including "Links To Knowledge," a built-in glossary and a comprehensive reference section with online links.

  4. Study at your own pace as you guide yourself through the course content and complete assignments at your leisure.

  5. Synthesize your knowledge through your posttest.. Score 75% or above to receive your contact hours.

Join the nursing professors and nurse educators worldwide who have already started building on their nursing faculty education! Sign up now for Assessment of Critical Thinking.


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This course was developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)


This course was written by NCSBN NCLEX® Examinations department staff