I first took the NCLEX-RN in July after graduating nursing school
in May and had the max 265 questions and took 4 hours. I didn't feel good coming out because of the number of questions I had and later heard that simply meant I was in it till the end. I failed the exam and when I received my results I scored 'Near the Passing Standard' in EVERY category. Unsure where to start I began reading Kaplin (the entire book) and did the CD questions. I studied areas I KNEW I was weak such as lab values and pharm. I reviewed and read about fluids and electrolytes (because that seems to be an area many things come down to in one way or another). I knew frame of mind was an important aspect of the test so refused to have negative thoughts and felt extremely confident going in. I told (and convinced) myself that I was ready this time. I knew my stuff, understood the question format and was going to pass this time. I believed every word and went back last Friday to retake the NCLEX.
This time I had the only 75 questions and took an hour and half to test. I felt really good coming out and knew I passed. My husband and daughter said they knew it too because of the grin on my face (that I didn't even realize I had...). I felt the questions were covering a wide range of areas and didn't feel 'bombarded' by any certain category like I had the first time around. I did what I had swore I wouldn't and paid the $7.95 to see my 'unofficial' results from Pearsonvue last Sunday. I had failed.
When I got my results in the mail is showed that I had taken a HUGE step backward and didn't pass a single category. In fact, I actually scored 'below the passing average' on three of them this time. I wasn't anxious or nervous during the test. I read every question and reworded. I used process of elimination on the one's I wasn't sure on. I did everything I was supposed to, except... answer the questions correctly.
I am lost now. I retest in November and don't even know where to begin. I have no idea if it was my lack of knowledge, my inability to put USE my knowledge effectively, or if it was the format of the NCLEX itself that got to me. I think I should do a review course maybe. I have purchased the Saunders Review for NCLEX-RN Exam 5th edition and am currently waiting for it to come in the mail.
Am I totally an original here? Am I the first person any of you have heard of that did this total flip flop when it came to taking the NCLEX? Does any one have any ideas for me? I am going to use the test plan I have read so much about on here from Susanne but should I also do an online review as well? Is there any certain thing or book that someone can suggest for my preparation to retest and/or study? I feel like a total failure here. I mean, for goodness sake, it isn't like I don't understand anything I learned in nursing school. I managed to maintain a 3.5 GPA and feel completely confident when I am (was) nursing. If I didn't know something I knew enough to look it up and was able to safely practice while I had my GN license. My fellow staff and manager seem to believe in my abilities, but what's going on????
Okay... I'm done. This got kinda' long and seems to be repeating itself a bit. Sorry.
Sep 28, '06
I am using Suzanne's study plan & am liking it very well. She uses Saunders 3rd edition, which is a very good study book. It has all the content you need, it's easy to read & the rationales are very complete. It even gives an explanation for why an answer choice is wrong so you understand that, too. Since you don't test again til November, you have plenty of time to try it. It's very well put together & she doesn't charge for it. Check out the sticky at the top of this forum for details...all my best to you!
Info not intentionally repeated..posted right behind Lena.
Last edit by hlfpnt on Sep 28, '06