nclex freakout

  1. ok i thought i was savvy, i started studying with an NCLEX review book about 4 months before graduation, didn't take a class cuz 1.) I am cheap, naw just broke,...and cheap, and 2.) all the nurses i spoke with about it said it wasn't worthwhile or helpful, and I thought it would be the same for me.

    I took a mosby's assess test in school that said i did well, and that research should that 99% of test takers scoring above ____ pts meant that they would pass NCLEX, so i thought i was all good.

    now it;s getting close to the time i should be getting my authorization to test from the state, and i have been trying to do more study questions and I SUCK!


    WHERE DID MY BRAIN GO???

    WHAT HAPPENED TO MY TEST TAKING SKILLS?

    AM I GOING TO FAIL NCLEX??????????????:stone

    i am finding discrepancies in my book now and I wonder if i haven't been doing as well as i thought i was...


    are there any tried and true test taking preparations that anyone could suggest??

    I am pretty freaked out.... :uhoh21:
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   nightingale
    I moved this from the Nurse Entrepeneur Forum to this Genreal Discussions Forum.
  4. by   susanmary
    You're stressing -- been there/done that. You've done your studying ... relax ... go take the boards. You'll do fine -- just relax & don't overthink. Don't listen to the "horror" stories -- just do your best. Best of luck.
  5. by   shootemrn
    I know your freaking out now but dont!

    Many years ago I was preparing to graduate from nursing school and was preparing to take my NCLEX. I had a job lined up in a ED where I worked as a ED tech for 5 years. Alot of pressure since I respected the people I worked with and emergency nursing jobs were not given out to new grads then. So I took one review course which I didnt think I got anything out of.
    The week leading up to the test I was freaking out, not sleeping, and drinking about two bottles of Mallox a day! I knew I was going to fail.The day of the test I was mad at myself that I worried so much and I didnt care if I failed. I went to a bar next to the testing center and had a big steak and about 4 beers. I then took the test with my shoes off and found out it was the easiest test I ever took in school.
    Of course I passed and so did my fellow 96 students. The test is written for a novice nurse. Relax
  6. by   NSDRN
    I just took the NCLEX myself in January. I too was "freaking out". Just remember to relax and stick to studying "textbook information" not what you've learned through clinical or experience. I found that taking practice tests on the computer to be very helpful. Remember that 80% of first time NCLEX takers pass so chances are you will too. The NCLEX tests the minimum knowledge you need to be a registered nurse. So you already know all you need to pass the NCLEX. Review and try not to stress. Let us know how it goes. Best of luck
  7. by   MPHkatie
    You will do FINE!!! When I was taking boards, I realized on the computer version (please don't go into shock, those who were pre computer) that 15 of the questions are try-outs, the rest are real.. If I get 15 try-outs which don't count- are just for the board of Nsg to try and see if they want to add, then out of 75 I have really only 60 questions. Then the computer shuts off when you at getting half right and half wrong, so in actuality, I only had to answer 30 questions correctly. When was the last time you made a 50% on a test???? You will do fine. Post and let us know when you pass.
  8. by   kahann
    The best advice is to just relax. If you have done well in school and have been preparing since before graduation, you will do well. Believe in yourself, and what you know. Don't listen to others horror stories about boards, they only affect a minority of those who take the exam. My testing site was a 1.5 hour ride from my home. If you are not sure of the location, make a dry run ahead of time to reduce the stress of finding it on test day. After driving 1.5 hours to the exam site, I finished my boards in 43 minutes and passed. I have to agree, it was one of the easiest exams I have taken. Best wishes and God bless as you begin your nursing career.
  9. by   Christian Nurse
    I have yet to take my NCLEX exam and I have been freakin' out as well. 70% of the graduating class prior to mine failed the first time!!! That is a little scary. But I pray that Gad will be with me when I take my exam. I praise Him for His favor thru nursing school and how He kept me when I wanted to give up. (There were more time than I want to count). Don't worry you'll do fine. I'll post a message and let you know how I did. I take my exam soon as well.
  10. by   Christian Nurse
    I have yet to take my NCLEX exam and I have been freakin' out as well. 70% of the graduating class prior to mine failed the first time!!! That is a little scary. But I pray that God will be with me when I take my exam. I praise Him for His favor thru nursing school and how He kept me when I wanted to give up. (There were more times than I want to count). Don't worry, you'll do fine. I'll post a message and let you know how I did. I take my exam soon as well.
  11. by   AmandaDawn
    I took the NCLEX 2 yrs ago. I used a question and answer book to study and it was highlighted like crazy. IN the answer mine had a lot of test taking tip boxes. I wrote them on index card and basically memorized them. They were very helpful to me. Good Luck!
  12. by   REDWOMANRN
    NCLEX IS ALL COMMOM SENSE!!! AND YES THERE ARE 15 TRY-OUT ???'S!!!! DON'T WORRY--I TOOK MINE IN 2000 AND YEAH IT WAS NERVEWRACKING BUT IT WILL BE OK!!!!!!
  13. by   LISAJO
    Been there and still there............. Struggling to pass. Need pointers to....everyone's input was helpful. Good luck on your NCLEX. Joyrochelle, I'll pray for you. I get very bad test anxiety guess next time I take the NCLEX I need to take some ativan....(LOL JUST KIDDING)..... It is all common sense, don't read in to it, that's another problem i have, I look at the real word and not the book world. Answer from what the books told you not what the what if's and what yous should do from your nursing experience in the real world. Clinicals are different from the book go with what the book says....... GOOD LUCK.
  14. by   joyrochelle
    thank you guys----that helped...quite a bit. I scheduled my test last friday for the 28th of this month. Pretty geekd, however still scared.....never know when they may pull 375 questions on myou and have you answer them until you completely lose it.....but that's juts stinkin' thinkin'!


    I really appreciate all your support....it was very friendly....

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