Practice NCLEX test scores vs. actually passing NCLEX

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    I finished school in June, and I've been doing questions everyday to get ready for NCLEX. My problem is that I can't seem to do better than an average of 70% on the practice tests that I take. Does anyone feel that this is an accurate reflection of how I'll do on NCLEX? I've been using the NCLEX 3500 CD along with a Saunders review book and CD, and I also bought NCLEX for Dummies to read while I'm at work. I haven't scheduled my test yet, but my goal is for the beginning of September. I've done at least 5000 questions over the last 3 months, but I just can't seem to get an 85 on a practice test (I was told that's the equivalant of passing NCLEX.) Any thoughts? Thanks!
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    I wish someone could answer this for us both.
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    I don't know how the practice test compares to actually passing the NCLEX, but what I do know is the longer you wait to take the NCLEX, the worse you will do. Why are you waiting so long?
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    hey,.. I think you're ready. I used Lippencott.. just tons of questions,.. and I was averaging 75-78 and I passed with 75 questions. Kaplan has harder questions,.. my friend let me take one of her online exams since i didn't buy it myself and I got a 64 on that. I know a kid who passed getting 55% on kaplan. And also,... remember that nclex doesn't grade like a usual test where X/X questions determines your grade. Its also about the quality of questions that you'll be getting right. good luck!! don't stress!
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    Quote from LifelongDream
    I don't know how the practice test compares to actually passing the NCLEX, but what I do know is the longer you wait to take the NCLEX, the worse you will do. Why are you waiting so long?
    I think I'm doing myself more harm than good by stressing out, but my exam is on Wed., 05Aug09. I've worked through most of the questions on the Saunders disk and I've listened to an NCLEX review on my iPod while I run. I'm anxious to get the test over with, but I don't want to do it at the same time. I kow this makes sense to someone out there.
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    I averaged between 70%-80% and passed.
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    Hi There!

    At this point in your study regimen, it's not really necessary to worry about what you're getting on your tests. Focus on seeing if you actually understand what the question is asking and thus reviewing the rationale. That's what NCLEX focuses on and sometimes people forget that's the trick to conquering the NCLEX. You can answer a million questions and get 80% or above, but fail NCLEX because you don't understand the HOW and WHY of an NCLEX question, not just a regular question.

    I'd continue to review the content, especially infection control and Priority/Delegation. I wouldn't worry so much about the scores until a few (and I mean A FEW!) weeks before your actual test date. Then you would know how much you've learned and from there, you can apply that content to your test-taking strategies.

    For me, I barely got over 65% on Kaplan, Saunders, Hurst, and Lippincott. HOWEVER, I understood how to answer the question and thus my application and analysis portions of the tests were above average; these are the category areas that mean the most to the NCLEX exam. Remember, the NCLEX is only testing us as ENTRY-LEVEL nurses, not advanced practice nurses! Most grad nurses average about 55% on practice tests and that's a good thing; it shows that we know at least half the content and that's great considering the fact that we only retained two-weeks worth of education! Crazy, but true! :chuckle

    Good luck with your continued studies and I hope you do well on your test!

    Nursethis21, BSN, RN
    UIC Alumna
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    thanx NURSETHIS21 that made a lot of sense, I test tomorrow and all of you out there, please say a prayer for me, I have a job but can't move into the RN slot until, you know what!!!!! thanks
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    Quote from birthstone0001
    thanx NURSETHIS21 that made a lot of sense, I test tomorrow and all of you out there, please say a prayer for me, I have a job but can't move into the RN slot until, you know what!!!!! thanks
    Hope is not to late to wish you luck on your exam. All the bestup::heartbeat
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    Good luck to the OP! I take the Hesi in October and have to study like mad before then.


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