75 Questions on NCLEX, pass or fail? - page 85

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I see lots of posts about passing or failing with 75 questions, just curious what the stats are. I would like to think that nursing school prepares us enough that those who get 75 are mostly passing?... Read More


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    I've been actually lurking in this site after I took my exam. So it's my turn to share mine
    After 48 hours of waiting, it was like the longest time of being in so much anxiety and so many "what if's" "holy crap i made a mistake on this", I was so hesitant to click the "quick results" button but then I grabbed all of my courage and did. I was actually covering the screen so I couldn't see it but when i peeked, I saw the word "PASS" I immediately got all frantic, jumping, went all crazy, shouting and laughing hysterically then cried so much afterwards,. Then a flashback of all the hardship's i've been through came into my mind and my tears flowed down more.
    When it was the day of my exam, I sat there, taking my time to answer questions,. I am at a horrible slow pace,. I finished my test in 2h for 75 questions. But it was worth it knowing I passed (think about it, if i went on for more questions, by 4hours i'm still @ the 150th question or something) The things I remember, the first 5 questions that came to me I knew I was right, after that all became blurry. my last question w/c is about infection control, I didn't know what to expect, as always NCLEX is but a mystery. I remember taking the exam I encountered alot of SATA's, i don't know how many but it was torturing me! even though the topic is easy, the SATA itself & making it perfectly correct is hard as heck!there's also infection control, some few meds, maybe 1-3 delegation, triage questions by the time i hit 60's onwards until end and 2 calcs. As I saw the priority questions it felt like Im at doom because the last time i failed, i had alot of those and I got scared by it. it felt like the priority questions are my "end" hard to choose the right answer coz no one is stable!, and I felt like i was guessing or 2-3 answers are right.but I just went on until my last question. By the time I hit 60's and up I felt this "feeling" that my exam will end @ 75. IT DID. when it did, I GASPED, loud enough to get heard 3 cubicles away. LOL, if the proctor saw my face he maybe laughing w/ my expression. When I walked out of the testing room I was wondering why I didn't feel any kind of dissappointment at all, instead I feel lighter, satisfied, and thankful. The time I took my 1st test when I walked out I felt very horrible and I knew I was going to fail. I just proved one thing that, when taking exams, one must have enough confidence, not too much, not too little, just enough to carry and feel good about what you've done to get through this. 48 hours of waiting, of course I was all anxious about it. but I didn't sense any negative, just the positive "anxiety" i don't know how should I really explain it but i just felt good about myself. I WORKED HARD, PRAYED HARD, PLAYED HARD. and it was worth it.
    how I did it? I focused on my weakness, pharmacology and OB, I took my time to make cards about pharma, I answered probably almost 10k of questions all in all. I did learning extension, saunders (w/c im really thankful i think it helped me how to answer SATA properly)and lippincott's comprehensive (but i felt sucky so stuck w/ saunders in the end). W/ Saunders, I answered EVERYTHING, per category,. that was prolly around 5k of questions idk. I didn't miss a question, i was making sure I answered everything even though there are doubles. Reading/Answering the same thing all over again is helpful in remembering. weeks before my exam i only did 3-5x of 10 item quizes a day from saunders, and read my remaining notes, that's it. I may be tired from work but I haven't failed to check on my notes. I was so determined to get this license. And voila! it all paid off! I am so thankful about everything and especially God for being there for me always.
    Last edit by malicexmirage on Aug 16, '12
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    NCLEX-PN minimum 85 questions. I stopped @ 85 and passed!
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    Took the NCLEX, 75 questions in 30 minutes and passed! Very exciting. Thought for sure I bombed, just because I went so fast and only had 75.
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    Its really a shame most are left with the feeling like they had to guess on most questions and never knowing which questions right/wrong, though passing is great, confidence with knowledge is even better. I'd hate to think that nursing is a guessing game (I realize it is at times, but..)and that hoping the right delegation tasks(including the 5 rights) is performed. I know this all comes with time working as a nurse, but it's the principle of it I guess. Critical thinking is not guessing without facts, I don't know, it's so confusing. I passed but this process has been mindboggling and still (with passing)I'm just as confused as I was yesterday before passing my boards. Happy I passed but discouraged by the process and not truly grasping the NCLEX test (strategy, info, what I'm suppose to know and WHAT they want me to know thats important).
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    congratulations!
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    I took the NCLEX today and also got halted at 75 questions. I have several classmates that had the same experience and all passed. I did the Pearsonvue trick and got the good box. Soooo, I am hoping to see my name on the BON website (maybe) as soon as tomorrow. The Utah Board has been posting them really fast, so maybe I'll get official word sooner than later.
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    I did the "Pearson trick" of trying to register again 15 minutes after I finished... Got the "good pop up" and passed... Only 75 questions and tons of SATA and alternate item format!
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    I have been reading the comments on this site for a while now. I finally registered so I could place some input. I graduated in May and took the NCLEX in October. I studied about for 1-2 months before I took it. I just took the NCLEX yesterday and found out I passed today!!! I passed with 75 questions and I could swear I thought I failed.
    I was going insane yesterday, already planning on how I would tackle studying again. I thought I guessed on every question, which I probably did!
    My school had us do the Hurst Review, it's nice for the review of the body systems and various conditions that go along with them but it really doesn't get into prioritizing, delegations, infections, safety, etc. So I do not recommend it to someone that is going out and spending his or her money willingly on this. Again our school made us!
    I really liked the Kaplan Review books I purchased, there are numerous ones out there but the ones I got really helped me get use to the question format. I found the questions in the Kaplan books were pretty similar to the NCLEX. Kaplan teaches you how to tackle the questions which it what I think helped me succeed.
    I also used the Mary Hogan NCLEX Review book, which was pretty thick and in detail. But I highly recommend it. It's filled with a lot of content, quizzes, and a practice test.
    Do as many practice questions as possible. It helps you study the material and get you use to the questions styles.


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