February 22, 2024

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53.3% pass rate in March 2023 Nursing College Exam

53.3% pass rate in March 2023 Nursing College Exam

The pass rate of all first-timers is 53.3%. This is slightly higher than September 2022’s 51.4%.

This review has been controversial for months.

This proportion reflects an increase in graduates from Quebec (60.9%) and outside Canada (37%).

The reliability of the test is low

These new results come at a time when the Commissioner for Admissions to Professions is questioning the credibility of the September 2022 Nurses’ Order (OIIQ) exam.

In a major report released last week, he questioned the validity of the test, concluding that its reliability was low (ie the quality of the questions was questionable) and that the passing score was raised insufficiently. justification.

According to him, As of September 2022, more than 500 future nurses have technically failed.

Over the next few days, OIIQ’s president, Luc Mathieu, argued that applying the commissioner’s recommendations to the pass mark would have actually led to a higher failure rate. OIIQ’s work clearly demonstrated that the pass mark should be above 49% to ensure adequate protection of the public.

The pass mark for the March 2023 examination was established with the input of medical experts as prescribed. »

A quote Luke Mathieu, President of OIIQ

Luke Mathieu, President of OIIQ

Photo: Radio-Canada

However, Mr. Matthew confirmed. This American standardized test, NCLEX-RN, is also used in other Canadian provinces.

Some groups, such as the Fédération des cégeps, believe the new exam creates a revolt against college education.

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A year ago, the OIIQ submitted a file to the Office des professions to require the next generation of nursing care professionals to obtain a university degree.