The aim of this study was to describe nurse educators
' use of multiple-choice questions
(MCQs) in testing in registered nurse licensure-qualifying nursing education
programs in New York State.
This study was a descriptive correlational analysis of data obtained from surveying 1,559 nurse educators
; 297 educators from 61 institutions responded (response rate [RR] = 19 percent), yielding a final cohort of 200.
MCQs were reported to comprise a mean of 81 percent of questions on a typical test. Baccalaureate program respondents were equally likely to use MCQs as associate degree program respondents (p
> .05) but were more likely to report using other methods of assessing student achievement to construct course grades (p
< .01). Both groups reported little use of alternate format-type questions.
Respondent educators reported substantial reliance upon the use of MCQs, corroborating the limited data quantifying the prevalence of use of MCQ tests in licensure-qualifying nursing education