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Test Development and Item Writing

Online, self-paced CE course

For Nursing Educators

Cost: US$90

CE Credit: 17.5 Contact Hours

Subscription Length: 6 weeks

Enroll Now: Go to NCSBN's Online Campus Now

Audience: Test Development and Item Writing is designed for nursing educators who need to learn the basics or refresh their knowledge of test construction and item writing.

Learn the nitty-gritty of test writing from the developers of the NCLEX exam!

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As a nursing faculty member, developing fair examinations that objectively measure student competence and improve student problem-solving ability can be challenging.

In this self-paced course for nursing instructors, you'll learn how to write, review and revise multiple-choice items using the "NCLEX-style."

Are you in a position of leadership in your school? If you are currently training new faculty due to shortages of nursing faculty and nurses, this course can help! These materials can supplement your existing nursing instructor guides and will assist your faculty to confidently navigate the examination process.

You will receive six weeks of unlimited, 24-hour access to the course and receive 17.5 contact hours for only $90! 

Add to your nursing instructor credentials by signing up today!

Build your nursing instructor skills and resources.

In Test Development, you’ll learn a step-by-step process for test development and writing multiple-choice items. Build on your existing skills by learning to develop alternate item types, such as multiple response, true-false, and questions incorporating computer technology.

Come away a more confident nurse educator after mastering these course objectives:

  • Identify psychometrically sound principles of test construction.
  • Discuss the NCLEX test plan.
  • Use relevant statistical indices when evaluating test items.
  • Identify techniques for writing items measuring various cognitive levels.
  • Use item construction guidelines for writing the stem, correct response, and distracters for multiple-choice questions.
  • List sources of potential item bias.
  • Critique multiple-choice items.
  • Distinguish between multiple-choice items and items that use alternate formats.

Experience the convenience of nursing education online.

As a busy nursing faculty or nursing faculty educator, you can take 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 as you write "NCLEX-style" items using practice drill workbook exercises. Recap lessons quickly with IQ - Item Quotes at the end of every lesson.

  3. Quickly obtain in-depth information using "Links To Knowledge," a built-in glossary and a comprehensive reference section with online links.

  4. Access free nursing instructor resources including the printable NCLEX test plan.

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

After completing the course, you’ll evaluate your understanding of key concepts by completing the Posttest. Score 75% or above to receive your contact hours! You’ll also receive an invitation to complete the NCLEX Item Writer application.

Join the nursing professors and nurse educators worldwide who have already started building on their nursing faculty education! Sign up for Test Development and Item Writing today!


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

Author(s): This course was written by NCSBN NCLEX® Examinations department staff