NCLEX test is Bull, nonstandardized, Cr*p

  1. Or am I overeacting. My poor wife took the LPN test yesterday, SHE emerged from the test with telling me about questions that were so vague that any answer would have worked. She said she had questions on material that not only wasn't covered in LPN, but was scheduled to be taught in her second year of RN school. WHAT gives? LPN is a mid level license similar to the EMS fields Intermediate level. WHY is the test structured in a manner that makes it nearly impossable to study for? Why are theses kids required to answer questions on material that is out of field for thier license level? WHAT does my 200 dollars go to? AND WHY if it is a computer based test does it take 4 weeks to get results?

    Just curious if anyone can shed some light.

    Thanks
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   RNFAlex
    Hi,

    I'm sorry you feel so frustrated. Chin up! I recently took the NCLEX-RN Exam. I am from Toronto, Canada and I studied for 3 months and took NCLEX classes and reviewed and reviewed and then some more review! When I walked out of the exam, I had the full 265 questions, I felt like I failed for sure and big time!!! However, due to my big & pleasant surprise, I PASSED! They say if you walk out of the exam feeling confident and good about the exam, you've failed. If you walk out of the exam feeling like crap, you've passed. It does hold true. The first time I sat for it, about 7 years ago, I came out of there feeling pretty good and sure enough, I failed. This past May, I came out of it feeling like crap, and I passed it!

    Your wife does not have to wait 4 weeks for the results. You can get your 'unofficial' results 2 ways: via phone: $7.95 and via net: $9.95. Considering that the state you applied for your license is taking part in this process. All of this info should be in your NCLEX guide. You can obtain the results within 2-3 business days.

    I cannot speak for the format itself. It does seem rather unfair that they would pose such questions when they require knowledge, skill and judgment of a different scope

    Chin up and think positive!

    Alex
  4. by   Ari RN
    Hey Alex:

    I don't agree with the statement you said about if you go out of the exam confident you failed. When I went into the NCLEX-RN exam I came out of that test sooooooo confident that I passed. You know what....... I PASSED.
  5. by   suzanne4
    Every nurse gets 50% correct and 50% wrong. They want to see at what level that the nurse is able to anser the questions correctly.
    And if your wife is in an RN program and decided to take the exam at the end of her first year, things are done differently in LPN school than RN 1st year program. There is quite a bit of material to learn differently.

    I teach and I don't recommend it to anyone to do................
  6. by   Paramedicated
    Thanks for allowing me to vent. I general get fustrated when something is stressing her out and i can't "make it go away" or fix it for her.

    I would still like to know why if we pay 200 Dollars to take the exam, it cost her 7.95 to get her results.....

    Thanks again to ALL

    PM
  7. by   suzanne4
    You get the results by snail mail if you do not pay the fee. Or youcan look it up on the state board of nursing to see if she is listed, and not pay.

    Did she pass?
  8. by   Energizer Bunny
    I've heard it's difficult to take the LPN boards after a year of RN school. I don't think I would try for many reasons. (might have been you, Suzanne, who first told me how difficult it could be) Good luck to your wife!
  9. by   kathy_79
    Quote from CNM2B
    I've heard it's difficult to take the LPN boards after a year of RN school. I don't think I would try for many reasons. (might have been you, Suzanne, who first told me how difficult it could be) Good luck to your wife!
    i just want to ask you guys, if being on rn adn program i can take state board for lpn after my first year of school?
    good luck to you paramed and your wife.
  10. by   Energizer Bunny
    I think some states you can and some you can't. Am I right guys?
  11. by   rjflyn
    Depends on the nursing program and how it is set up. My ADN was set up on a ladder so one could if they choose take the LPN boards after the first year. The school actually encouraged it, one as it was practice for the RN boards ie you won't be going in not knowing what to expect. But more importantly one would be able to work as a LPN if one were not to pass the RN boards the first time around, i know of 3 people who were glad they did. Its better to make some $$$ rather than waiting 3 months to take boards again- which at the time stretched things out more towards 5 months by the time you apply to test again and get you license- which in that state at the time you physically had to have to work as a RN.

    RJ

    Also once one has taken the RN boards one could not go back and take the LPN if one failed.
  12. by   ZinnianWolf
    I am not sure about what I am about to say, but I think some of the questions that they ask are questions that are not counted. They want to see the percentage of people who get it right before they make it an official test question. I guess what I am trying to say is some of the questions are "experimental" questions to see how many people per 100 can get the correct answer. So maybe some of the questions that your wife had to answer didn't have any effect on her final score. I wish her all the luck in the world.
  13. by   mattsmom81
    I took the LPN exam after 1 yr of RN school and found it was not difficult...my Diploma program provided classroom theory and clinical training for LPN skills during the first year and built on them through the next two, so it worked well. But...but this was many years ago with the old pencil/paper exams. I remember my CCRN exam where 3/4 of the answers WERE somewhat right...they were testing your critical thinking skils to pick the 'most right' answer...I assume the new NCLEX tests are like this too. Not everyone tests well this way, but it seems standard for nursing.
  14. by   KacyLynnRN
    Yes, I have heard the 'NCLEX is standardized' statement many times, but here is my experience...
    2 years ago when I took the NCLEX-PN boards, a school friend of mine took hers the day before I did. She called me that night and told me she had 30+ questions on pediatrics! She got the minimum # of questions (85). Well, I flipped out because peds was never my strong point! The next day, I went and took the exam and had 85 questions, just like her, but only got 1 pediatric question!!! That was it!! I had a lot of delegation-type questions, which she told me she had none. My question is, with the content of our tests being so different, how in the world can they say the test is fair and standardized? If I had gotten her exam and those 30 + peds questions, I probably would not have passed! By the way, we both passed and got our LPN licenses.
    Anyway, next year I will take the NCLEX-RN and I am NOT talking to anyone that has already taken it beforehand! Lesson learned! :chuckle

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