failed my first test

  1. well guys i didnt do so good on my first test in nursing and micro. i failed my first test in micro with 67 and my nursing test i made a 72. not to happy but i know i can improve
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  3. by   Nikkik163
    Quote from Ready
    well guys i didnt do so good on my first test in nursing and micro. i failed my first test in micro with 67 and my nursing test i made a 72. not to happy but i know i can improve

    I am sorry to hear that.....maybe you need to try a different way of studying?? I got a 2/10 on my first pop quiz and that really got me realizing that I need to stay on top of things and then last week I got 47/50 on the exam. Sometimes we just need a score like that to push us more?? Good luck with any upcoming tests.
  4. by   rogramjet
    I remember the first A&P test I took. I was working swing shift until 2330. The night shift guy never showed up to relieve me. I ended up working a 16 hour shift and getting off just in time to take the exam. I got a 56% on that test. Still managed to pull a B in the class.

    Do you know what they call the student who graduates at the bottom of your class?

    Nurse.

    So I wouldn't sweat it. Just study harder next time. Now you know what not to do.
  5. by   kayel
    Quote from Ready
    well guys i didnt do so good on my first test in nursing and micro. i failed my first test in micro with 67 and my nursing test i made a 72. not to happy but i know i can improve
    Starting out is an adjustment. Keep at it!! Thinking of you! I'm sorry you are sad but I think you have the right attitude by saying you know you can improve. You can do it!!!!!
  6. by   JentheRN05
    Here's the thing I always always keep in mind. When it comes to the first test - it's a practice test. I never worry too much about the grade I get, and I don't study alot for the first test. You know my theory behind that? I figure I have at least 2 more tests, and 1 final after that to correct my grade, but the key to the first test is to learn HOW the tests are formatted. That is something that will be more important than the grade because that gives you a format to study by. The rest of the tests you will do better, that's just a fact because you know more what to expect.
    Don't feel bad about yourself, you will do better, just think of it as a learning experience!
    Keep your chin up, you will do fine!
    PS - Even using this frame of mind I graduated with honors. So you can too.
  7. by   PickMePlze
    Quote from JentheRN05
    Here's the thing I always always keep in mind. When it comes to the first test - it's a practice test. I never worry too much about the grade I get, and I don't study alot for the first test. You know my theory behind that? I figure I have at least 2 more tests, and 1 final after that to correct my grade, but the key to the first test is to learn HOW the tests are formatted. That is something that will be more important than the grade because that gives you a format to study by. The rest of the tests you will do better, that's just a fact because you know more what to expect.
    Don't feel bad about yourself, you will do better, just think of it as a learning experience!
    Keep your chin up, you will do fine!
    PS - Even using this frame of mind I graduated with honors. So you can too.
    This is very true!! I just took my first test and made a 80 although I studied, one point away from failing. But now I know my instructor's testing style, so I'll be ready for her sneaky tactics next test!!!
  8. by   GMD
    Hey I ALWAYS fail my first test and I am in my second year of ADN, to grad in May. Dont worry, study hard, you'll get there.
  9. by   mjwhitley1313
    hahah I'm about a year too late
  10. by   alexillytom
    Last semester, I failed my first exam too. I was crushed. However, when I started studying for the next test I remembered the kind of questions my instructor asked on the first exam and catered my studying to her way of thinking. I got an 84 on my second test. By the time the third exam came around, I had a firm grasp on her testing format and scored a 90. Even with the disaster that was my first exam, after adding in my quiz scores, I ended up with B for the final grade.

    Keep plugging away at it. You'll be fine!
  11. by   NaomieRN
    I am sorry to hear that. The first exam usually the hardest because you dont know the style of the professor. Last semester my first exam in psychology, I got a 70. The reason I scored low, I studied my butt off for Anatomy the day before. My brain totally froze the next day. I could not remember much. The next exams were 88, 92 and 98. I finished the course with an A-. Sometimes getting a bad grade is not the end of the world, it is a wake up call to change the way you study. My problem was, I did not manage my time wisely. I did well in A&P though. Good luck to you.

    I hope you do very well on your next exams.
  12. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Sorry to hear that. Now you know what to expect, though. Study hard & bring it up!



    I'd hate to take Micro & nursing classes together....Good luck to everyone trying to conquer that one! :hatparty:
  13. by   Montessori Mommy
    Be sure to use your tests to learn for next time. First of all, make sure you go over the tests and get the correct answers. Next, figure out why you got questions wrong. Was it a topic you overlooked when studying? Did you misread the question? Did you get down to two answers but picked the wrong one? Did you pick an answer without realizing that there was an "umbrella" answer that contained the other correct answers listed? (We had a question on our last exam about a heavy equipment operator who was taking Benedryl for allergies. The question was "what would you do?". The answers were A) ask him if the medication makes him drowsy B) switch him to a second generation antihistamine C) tell him not to take meds before work D) tell him to stop operating heavy machinery. An arguement could probably be made for all of the answers, but the correct answer is A. If the medication doesn't make him drowsy, than there is no problem!)

    Then, meet with your insturctors to go over the exams. It is really important for your instructor to see that you are upset by your grades and that you want to do better. Making the effort to see an instructor often pays off when they give you hints to do better next time - about the type of questions they like, about where they tend to get their questions (textbook website, NCLEX review book, etc).

    Best of luck to you! :spin:
  14. by   MMARN
    Am I the only one who's going backwards here? :spin: My first test, I actually got a 93. The next one, I got an 88. I just took a test today and I KNOW I didn't pass it.

    Oh, well. I know that for the next test, though, my head will be prettily buried in those books.

    To the OP: Keep your head up. You will be fine. Just keep trying your hardest. You didn't get into the program b/c you were pretty. (Though, that might have been one of the reasons ) You got in it b/c you were smart enough and capable enough to deal with the amount of information. (Taking micro at the same time as this shows your strength) So, don't worry about it and do your best next time. God bless.

    Mave.
    Last edit by MMARN on Feb 17, '06

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