The nursing community is troubled by the growing use of standardized exit examinations as a graduation requirement. After years of preparation, a single test score could prevent a student from graduating or taking a licensing examination. The tremendous importance placed on exit examinations qualifies them as “high-stakes testing,” a concept not well studied in nursing education. This concept analysis provides a greater understanding of the term to help operationalize its use in the nursing discipline.
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Author Affiliation: Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro.
The author declares no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Sullivan, School of Nursing, Middle Tennessee State University, Cason-Kennedy, Nursing Building, Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132 ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
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