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HESI® Assessments and Policy Considerations: Finding a Happy Medium

Standardized tests in nursing education, like HESI exams, do not create a high-stakes environment. It is the program policy developed by faculty on standardized tests that may cause a negative impact. Factors that create negative impact include high grading weight or consequence and/or a benchmark established that limits course or program progression or denying the ability to take licensure exam.

This white paper will review the positive aspects of HESI testing and literature that supports its use. The Nursing Education Team at Elsevier will also provide recommendations based on the peer-reviewed literature on standardized testing, as well as best practice recommendations and discussions with faculty who have reported improved program outcomes by using HESI testing.

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