NCLEX® Program Reports

Professional Development Seminars

430 - Writing Nursing Test Questions

Registration fee: $150.00

Upcoming Dates: August 19, 2021, 10 AM - 1 PM Pacific Time

Delivered by Ainslie Nibert, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Associate Dean and Associate Professor at Texas Woman's University College of Nursing and Brian Bontempo, Ph.D., Founder and Principal Consultant with Mountain Measurement, Inc. 

Prerequisites and Target Audience

There are no prerequisites to attend this seminar.

This web-based seminar is for all nursing educators who plan to develop nursing assessment content.


The purpose of this course is to prepare educators to write assessment content (i.e., test items).

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are as follows. Upon seminar completion, participants will be able to:

  • Use item specifications to guide item development.
  • Develop effective case scenarios.
  • Can select the most useful item type for various cognitive and psychomotor tasks.
  • Can develop effective item stems.
  • Can develop effective response options.
  • Can edit an item to increase usability and prevent bias and sensitivity issues.
  • Can develop effective feedback for students providing incorrect responses.


The NCLEX® Program Reports 403 Seminar contains 3 hours of lecture, discussion, and learning activities. Participants are expected to independently complete a 30-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the seminar concludes.

Continuing Education

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



The topics covered during the NCLEX® Program Reports 403 Seminar are:

  1. Working with Item Specifications
  2. The Universe of Relevant Cognitive & Psychomotor Tasks
  3. Sizing up an Item
  4. Anatomy of a Test Item
  5. Uses and Misuses of each Item Type
  6. Developing effective item stems
  7. Developing effective response options
  8. Developing effective case scenarios
  9. Developing items to assess higher levels of cognition
  10. Developing items to assess clinical decision making
  11. Developing NCLEX Items
    1. Writing items to the NCLEX Test Plan
    2. NGN Content Development
  12. Using style & format effectively
  13. Preventing Bias & Sensitivity Issues
  14. Key Validation
  15. Providing useful feedback to students

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