Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.


College of Education



First Advisor

Heather Miller, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Aaron Daris, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Edward Kim, Ph.D.


Collaborative testing allows students to work together on a test, discussing answer options and coming to consensus on the best response. Research has shown that it decreases test anxiety, increases learning and critical thinking skills, and allows students to practice collaboration and teamwork. However, schools of nursing continue to use traditional individual testing and high-stakes testing in order to prepare graduates to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. This causal comparative study used existing gradebook data to explore the relationship between the use of collaborative testing and nursing student success. A positive relationship was found between collaborative testing and course success, without disproportionately increasing grades of lower performing students. Licensure exam pass rates for students who passed a course due to collaborative testing points were equivalent to those of students who passed the course regardless of collaborative testing. This study provides important information for nurse educators who would like to use testing as a learning tool.

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