Special Research Section
Beginning in July 2017, NCSBN started the Special Research Section as part of the NCLEX administration. By participating in the Special Research Section, candidates will be making valuable contributions to the future development of NCSBN examinations as well as to the enhancement of the nursing profession.
The Special Research Section will be given to select candidates taking the NCLEX and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. This section will be administered following the regular exam and will not count as part of the NCLEX score.
If selected to participate, an introductory screen will indicate the beginning of the Special Research Section. This section will also continue to be numbered in accordance with the completed exam – for example, if your exam ended with question 125, the first question on the Special Research Section will be numbered 126. Despite the consecutive numbering, these new questions will have no impact on your NCLEX scoring or results.
Candidates may take the entire allotted five hours to complete the NCLEX. All questions on the NCLEX examination and the Special Research Section are confidential.