Students Answer More Than 54 Million Questions on PrepU™, Creating Nursing's Most In-Depth Adaptive Learning Tool

Oct 22, 2012, 09:00 ET from Wolters Kluwer Health

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nursing students have answered more than 54 million questions using PrepU™, an adaptive learning solution offered by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) that is rapidly improving student test scores and changing how nursing courses are taught.  LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry.  

PrepU provides custom online quizzes to help students master course concepts and board and certification exam content. Based on prior responses, PrepU automatically adjusts questions to meet each student at their current level of learning, and directs students to text or e-book content for review.  Questions are continuously calibrated to establish difficulty levels, based on the answers provided by all users. Launched in 2010, PrepU now includes tens of thousands of quiz questions, and is a support tool for over 30 popular nursing and health professions textbooks and e-books.

"With every one of the 54 million questions answered, PrepU has become a better learning and teaching tool," said Susan Driscoll, President of Wolters Kluwer Health Professional & Education unit, which includes LWW.  "Thousands of students across the country who answer questions as part of their studies have helped make PrepU the most accurate and efficient learning support tool in nursing education."

Working with the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA, LWW has evaluated PrepU results in 16 undergraduate nursing courses involving nearly 700 students.  The research finds that students who use PrepU to support classroom and textbook learning frequently outperform both prior classes and current classmates who did not use the tool.  In addition, over 98 percent of nursing students who used PrepU to prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) passed the exam, exceeding the national passing average by more than 10 percentage points. 

Nursing schools that have tested PrepU have noted improvements in test scores and classroom performance, and many have since added PrepU to the curriculum for additional nursing courses.

About PrepU
PrepU is an online adaptive assessment platform that bridges the gap between what students know and what they don't know. Built by educators, PrepU's personalized, adaptive quizzes move students toward a better grasp of material and better grades. Instructors can compare their class's individual and overall scores to those of classes that are using PrepU for the same course across the country. PrepU is part of Macmillan New Ventures, a division of global education publisher Macmillan that discovers, develops and markets innovative technologies that make learning more engaging. LWW is offering PrepU as a support tool for 27 nursing textbooks and e-books for the fall 2012 semester.  For more information, go to

About Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is a leading international publisher of trusted content delivered in innovative ways to practitioners, professionals and students to learn new skills, stay current on their practice, and make important decisions to improve patient care and clinical outcomes.

LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2011 annual revenues of €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion).

SOURCE Wolters Kluwer Health