NCLEX® Program Reports

Professional Development Seminars

103 ‐ Understanding the Topic Area Performance of your Candidates

This seminar is offered as part of the web-based, self-paced Introductory Series intended to familiarize nurse educators and administrators with the NCLEX® Program Reports on their own schedule and pace.

Registration fee: $50.00

Delivered by Brian Bontempo, PhD, Founder and Principal Consultant with Mountain Measurement, Inc.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

In order to participate in the 100.3 Web-Based Seminar, attendees must have completed the 101 Web-Based Seminar "A Brief Introduction to the NCLEX Program Reports" and 102 (Formerly 1002) Web-Based Seminar "Understanding the Overall Performance of your Candidates"in order to receive continuing education credit.

This seminar is recommended for nursing educators and administrators who participate in program evaluation activities or have an interest in analyzing their NCLEX® Program Reports.


The purpose of this seminar is to scrutinize the NCLEX® Test Plan and Content Dimensions Reports and enhance participants' understanding of NCLEX® percentile ranks. This seminar is the final part of a three-part seminar series intended to be the online counterpart to the face-to-face 101 Seminar "An Introduction to the NCLEX Program Reports".

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define the contents of the NCLEX® Test Plan and Content Dimension sections of the NCLEX® Program Reports.
  • Understand the differences between traditional percentile ranks and NCLEX® percentile ranks.
  • Differentiate between functional areas and content dimensions and describe the hierarchical relationship between them.


The topics covered during the NCLEX® Program Reports 100.3 Seminar are:

  1. NCLEX® Test Plan Report
  2. NCLEX® Test Plan blueprint
  3. Elements of the Graphs in the Test Plan Report
  4. Percentile Ranks for the NCLEX® Test Plan and Content Dimensions
  5. How are NCLEX® Percentile Ranks calculated?
  6. Content Dimension Reports
  7. Hierarchy: Functional Areas and Content Dimensions
  8. Elements of the Graphs in the Content Dimension Reports



The NCLEX® Program Reports 100.3 Seminar is delivered as a 50-minute lecture, with some large group activities and a 10-minute Question and Answer session. Participants are expected to independently complete a 10-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the webinar concludes.


All participants are encouraged to have a copy of their NCLEX® Program Reports ready to follow along with the Presenters.

Continuing Education

1.2 contact hours are awarded through the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider Number ABNP1516 Expires 2/4/2025) to all individuals completing the webinar and the end-of-course assessment. 

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