White Paper: Identifying and Managing Test Taking Anxiety for Nursing Students

by Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Shannon Meijer DNP, RN, and Rebecca Potter MSIDT, MSN/ED, RN | November 19, 2019

Test anxiety feeds off of uncertainty, but together we can reduce the uncertainty of test day and raise test-takers’ confidence through simulated CAT exams that mimic the NCLEX®.

For decades, researchers have confirmed what nurse educators see in the classroom and on the floor: nursing students experience high levels of stress and anxiety. In particular, the high-stakes testing nature of the NCLEX® has a significant impact on student performance in the classroom and on their exams. 

In our newest Kaplan Nursing white paper, “Identifying and Managing Test Taking Anxiety for Nursing Students,” Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Shannon Meijer DNP, RN, and Rebecca Potter MSIDT, MSN/ED, RN address the identifying factors of student anxiety - such as fear of failure, lack of confidence, doubt about the future - and how best to address and manage these fears with Kaplan's CAT (Computer Adaptive Test) exams.