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.