Curious about other testing sites - page 2

by julz68

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Just out of plain curiosity, how strict was your testing site for NCLEX? I just wanted to know if they are all the same. Yesterday I took my exam in Des Moines, IA. I was told by our instructors to only take your ATT letter &... Read More


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    Oh boy. I am used to fighting during a test. I play with my hair. I flick my flip flop. Something. I have to get the nervous energy out!

    I usually bring a jacket in case I get cold - because if its cold I can't think.
    I would only bring my license and jacket in with me.

    Do they give you a piece of paper and a pencil? I like to be able to write things out to see if they make sense or write out mnemonics that I use.

    As if I am not nervous enough about NCLEX I should apparently prepare for a search too. Fantastic! Like a colonoscopy for Christmas!
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    Quote from begosh
    Yeah, they're pretty strict. More than likely there were those before us who have tried to "cheat" and so PearsonVue implemented these strict measures.

    I, too, had to empty my pockets, removed my hair clip (they gave me a rubber band to tie my hair), removed my watch, scanned my palm during check in and again prior to entering the testing area. At that time, I had the sniffles and they gave me their tissue. All I can take into the testing area were my driver's license and reading glasses.

    And just to make sure I won't be tempted, I left my cellphone in my car and took my break right there in the waiting area.
    Speaking of cheating, I can't believe how many people do resort to that. There were a few students who got kicked out of the program for cheating. There was one girl who had a learning disability and she was permitted to go in a separate room for all of our tests. Sometimes she had to have someone read the questions to her. I know that she also had been put on probation for getting caught with her iPad in the test room. There were also rumors she paid people online to write her research APA style papers cuz she didn't know how to write them. I really don't know how she's gonna pass NCLEX.
    Anyway, just venting. I don't like cheaters. They're only hurting themselves. But really, in the long run, they could potentially hurt future patients if they cheated their way thru nursing school. Scary :/
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    Quote from CP2013
    Oh boy. I am used to fighting during a test. I play with my hair. I flick my flip flop. Something. I have to get the nervous energy out!

    I usually bring a jacket in case I get cold - because if its cold I can't think.
    I would only bring my license and jacket in with me.

    Do they give you a piece of paper and a pencil? I like to be able to write things out to see if they make sense or write out mnemonics that I use.

    As if I am not nervous enough about NCLEX I should apparently prepare for a search too. Fantastic! Like a colonoscopy for Christmas!
    They don't permit paper or pencils. But they do provide you with a small white board and marker...but you can't erase it. If you run out of space you have to raise your hand and they will take it and give you a new one.
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    Quote from julz68

    Speaking of cheating, I can't believe how many people do resort to that. There were a few students who got kicked out of the program for cheating. There was one girl who had a learning disability and she was permitted to go in a separate room for all of our tests. Sometimes she had to have someone read the questions to her. I know that she also had been put on probation for getting caught with her iPad in the test room. There were also rumors she paid people online to write her research APA style papers cuz she didn't know how to write them. I really don't know how she's gonna pass NCLEX.
    Anyway, just venting. I don't like cheaters. They're only hurting themselves. But really, in the long run, they could potentially hurt future patients if they cheated their way thru nursing school. Scary :/
    Wowwwwww. Cheaters never prosper! That's crazy he even tried that.
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    Quote from julz68

    They don't permit paper or pencils. But they do provide you with a small white board and marker...but you can't erase it. If you run out of space you have to raise your hand and they will take it and give you a new one.
    Well. They are going to get to know me REALLY well cause I like to write things down. Is it a small marker at least? I can write small if I have to! Lol.

    I am just visual. Like I write things out and talk myself try it in my head. I usually use hand gestures and visualize whatever I am working on. In class my teachers laugh an try to guess which question I am on.

    I would never gesture during NCLEX so I would want to be able to draw a picture to get things straight in my mind.
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    Quote from CP2013

    Well. They are going to get to know me REALLY well cause I like to write things down. Is it a small marker at least? I can write small if I have to! Lol.

    I am just visual. Like I write things out and talk myself try it in my head. I usually use hand gestures and visualize whatever I am working on. In class my teachers laugh an try to guess which question I am on.

    I would never gesture during NCLEX so I would want to be able to draw a picture to get things straight in my mind.
    Yeah, its a small marker. And they will give you as many white boards you need. I just used one for all of my dosage calc Q's.
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    Quote from CP2013
    Oh boy. I am used to fighting during a test. I play with my hair. I flick my flip flop. Something. I have to get the nervous energy out!

    I usually bring a jacket in case I get cold - because if its cold I can't think.
    I would only bring my license and jacket in with me.

    Do they give you a piece of paper and a pencil? I like to be able to write things out to see if they make sense or write out mnemonics that I use.

    As if I am not nervous enough about NCLEX I should apparently prepare for a search too. Fantastic! Like a colonoscopy for Christmas!
    LOL I played with my hair, tissue fell on the floor, stretched my feet while sitting....definitely helped relieve my anxiety. I wore a tank top under my sweater but it was warm inside the testing area.

    They give you a dry erase (thin) board to write on AFTER the tutorial. If you write on the board before or during the tutorial, they consider this "brain dumping" and may invalidate your exam.

    Here's more info for testing day --> https://www.ncsbn.org/1219.htm. I made sure I read this prior to exam day coz I knew my anxiety would be off the roof!
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    Thanks for the link! I will read up on it so I can prepare myself for test day. (Just realized that its less than 6 months from now, YIKES!)

    I will use one piece of paper when I do my practice exams to prepare myself. I think I just need to practice with the technique to not freak myself out on test day. Especially after the pat down just to get in the door. Hahaha. I still find that strange, but I guess they want you to do nothing but use what's in your head. And some desperate people will do desperate things like cheat.
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    Quote from julz68
    Speaking of cheating, I can't believe how many people do resort to that. There were a few students who got kicked out of the program for cheating. There was one girl who had a learning disability and she was permitted to go in a separate room for all of our tests. Sometimes she had to have someone read the questions to her. I know that she also had been put on probation for getting caught with her iPad in the test room. There were also rumors she paid people online to write her research APA style papers cuz she didn't know how to write them. I really don't know how she's gonna pass NCLEX.
    Anyway, just venting. I don't like cheaters. They're only hurting themselves. But really, in the long run, they could potentially hurt future patients if they cheated their way thru nursing school. Scary :/
    I use to tell my peers (non-nursing environment)...."don't do anything that will haunt you for the rest of your life" or "don't do anything wherein you're going to keep watching your back and wonder if today is the day you'll get caught." It's not worth it.
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    Quote from CP2013
    Thanks for the link! I will read up on it so I can prepare myself for test day. (Just realized that its less than 6 months from now, YIKES!)

    I will use one piece of paper when I do my practice exams to prepare myself. I think I just need to practice with the technique to not freak myself out on test day. Especially after the pat down just to get in the door. Hahaha. I still find that strange, but I guess they want you to do nothing but use what's in your head. And some desperate people will do desperate things like cheat.
    Ohhh here's another link that details what you can and can't do during test day. Things like when to raise your hand, use of cellphone, accessing study materials, etc.

    https://www.ncsbn.org/1268.htm


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