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Vital information you need from experts you trust about the next generation NCLEX

ATI's Next Generation NCLEX Guidebook – AVAILABLE NOW!

Discover the only reference you’ll need to fully comprehend the new version of this exam.

Organized into 6 sections so you can flip immediately to the information you seek. 

  • Quick refresher: Get an update on why a new NCLEX is needed now. 
  • Clinical judgment: Understand its impact on public safety. Read evidence-based advice. Learn practical teaching tips. + more.  
  • Preparing for the new exam: Benefit from constructive advice such as don’t change the nursing framework you use; understand the Clinical Judgment Measurement Model; identify activities to help students develop skills; + more. 
  • Strategies to teach clinical judgment: Master NCSBN’s action model template. Create lesson outcomes. Discover pages of ready-to-use activities. + more. 
  • Details about the new exam: Compare the current & NGN version. Review new item types. Understand changes in scoring. + more 
  • Developing & assessing clinical judgment skills: Understand testing & equating. Feel confident about test security. Discover ATI tools to help. + more.
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The National Council of the State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) will launch a new version of the NCLEX — called the Next Generation NCLEX — in April 2023. Its purpose? To better measure candidates’ clinical judgment ability, a proven necessity for entry-level nurses.

The new test will require more complex item types, which will change scoring methods. But you needn’t panic about preparing for these changes. Resources are already available to help you. Explore this NGN Resource Center to:


  • Learn from the latest information and resources available
  • Stay up to date with how new information on the Next Generation NCLEX affects you via video updates from ATI Chief Nursing Officer Sheryl Sommer, PhD, RN, CNE
  • Read up on foundational information to understand how NCSBN came to the decision to create a new test.
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  • Read a guide created by nurse educator experts to assist you in developing and implementing learning materials
  • Discover how simulation can help build clinical judgment skills
  • Learn how the NCSBN defines clinical judgment.
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  • Discover what the Clinical Judgment Measurement Model is
  • Explore new item types that will appear on the new version of the NCLEX
  • Introduce yourself to NCSBN's early discussions and explanations on the Next Generation NCLEX.
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ATI Next Gen NCLEX Tools

Find products and tools to incorporate into your lessons and prepare students for the NGN.

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What is the Next Generation NCLEX?

The Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) is a new version of the NCLEX that is designed to assess clinical judgment in nursing candidates. It will include unique new item types that measure whether future nurses can think critically about how to care for clients. NCSBN considers the development of the new exam to be a matter of public safety.

Is the NCLEX changing in 2021?

No. The National Council of State boards of Nursing (NCSBN) continues to collect data on new item types it will introduce on the Next Generation NCLEX. It is also building the necessary technology to support the unique item types that will assess clinical judgment. The new version of the NCLEX will officially launch in April 2023.

Is the NCLEX changing in 2022?

No, but the NCSBN will begin beta testing in 2022. The organization will invite "friends and family" to test out the features of the new exam in April 2022. Then, in December 2022, the NCSBN will invite nursing students who are expected to graduate in April 2023 to test out the Next Generation NCLEX; their scores will not count.

Is the NCLEX changing in 2023?

Yes. Referred to as the Next Generation NCLEX, this new version of the exam is expected to launch in April 2023.



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