Did you need the computer tutorial time?

  1. 0 [font="arial"][font="comic sans ms"]hi everyone,

    this may sound like an odd question, but i've read that your 6hrs includes the computer tutorial before the exam begins. my question for those of you who have taken it is, did you need that tutorial/explanation or could you breeze through it to save the time for taking the actual exam? obviously i am familliar with how to operate a computer (i found this forum, anyway! lol :behindpc: ) but i imagine it tells you how to answer the alternate form questions (ordering, fill in the blank, etc.)

    i've heard some people mention that they brought snacks to help keep from feeling hypoglycemic, what did you bring??

    my other question, is that i know there are pre-scheduled breaks in the computer when you've tested for a certain amount of time, but are you able to take breaks before then (i.e: if i begin to feel overly anxious before the "scheduled" break, can i request a short break? )

    my test is next thursday, sept. 7th in orlando, and it will be my first go around!

    ooooh, i almost forgot to ask one more question (sorry!) since my test is thursday, those of you who were able to find out through your state's bon, do they post any license numbers on saturdays? i figure friday will be waaayy too soon, but i hate to think i'll have to wait out the weekend (btw, i'm in fl, which typically releases results quickly)

    thanks to you all for your continued input!

    ~heather
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    heatherp75 has '5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Neuro, PCU'. Joined May '05; Posts: 39; Likes: 1.

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  3. Visit  kathykaye profile page
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    actually i'm also familiar on how to use the computer...

    but i still use the tutorial session... my purpose is to ease my anxiety when i first sat down in front of a computer... it really helps! it's just a few minutes.. it will help you breathe in and out.. when i'm answering the actual exam, i just felt like im answering review questions at home... mild anxiety helps. i got 75 questions in 1 hour and passed on my first try...

    my advice: use the tutorial... it's just a few minutes..:typing


    chocolates may help...

    you can request for a break.
    Last edit by kathykaye on Aug 30, '06
  4. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Those of us who took the NCLEX-PN only received 5 hours, which included the tutorial time. Even though I am fully computer-literate, I carefully read the beginning tutorial before starting the actual examination. Since I only spent 1 hour and 15 minutes on the exam answering the minimum number of questions, time was not an issue. I passed on the first attempt.
  5. Visit  joy1181 profile page
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    It only takes a few minutes to do the tutuorial. Yes you can raise your hand and take breaks at any time. You can have snacks on your breaks ,but not in the testing area. Good luck on your boards!
  6. Visit  loving-it profile page
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    If you log into www.pearsunvue.com and register they have the actual tutorial session on there. For the PN nclex anyway, I assume its the same for the RN.
  7. Visit  RNsRWe profile page
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    Quote from loving-it
    If you log into www.pearsunvue.com and register they have the actual tutorial session on there. For the PN nclex anyway, I assume its the same for the RN.
    Yep. Pearson-vue has the exact, identical, nada-different tutorial. So why waste time on it when time counts?

    When I was scheduled to take my exam, I asked the proctor while I was waiting how I could go about skipping it (since it counted against my time and all). She insisted it did NOT count, showed me the pretty printout in her book, and I refused to believe it, lol....so when it came time, I just kept hitting NEXT and got through the tutorial in about a minute and a half....and THEN, on the way OUT, told that arrogant woman that since I WATCHED IT COUNT DOWN, I could certainly see it WAS counting against me.

    She still insisted I was hallucinating.

    Sigh.

    Anyway, it's late, I'm rambling, LOL....do the tutorial ahead and you won't have to deal with it later
  8. Visit  heatherp75 profile page
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    [font="comic sans ms"]wow, thanks everyone for your input! i didn't realize the tutorial was on the pearson site! thanks! it was helpful to think of the tutorial as a moment to center and ground myself, so that was also very useful information!

    keep the input coming!

    ~heather
  9. Visit  charebec65 profile page
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    It does count against your time and even tells you so during the introduction. It's a good time to relax though and only takes 3 or 4 minutes of your time. Good luck...
  10. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from RNsRWe
    Yep. Pearson-vue has the exact, identical, nada-different tutorial. So why waste time on it when time counts?
    Because, if you read the tutorial, it will only waste three to four minutes of your time at the most. In my opinion, you might as well read the tutorial.
  11. Visit  kathykaye profile page
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Because, if you read the tutorial, it will only waste three to four minutes of your time at the most. In my opinion, you might as well read the tutorial.
    it will help you feel relax and it will ease your anxiety... it's just a few minutes though... :wink2: psychologically, it helps!
  12. Visit  RNsRWe profile page
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Because, if you read the tutorial, it will only waste three to four minutes of your time at the most. In my opinion, you might as well read the tutorial.
    Well, I DID read the tutorial, and when I saw it for the first time on the Pearson site, it took me eleven minutes to go through it. Clearly I spent much more time on it than did others, but I tend to be overly thorough! So, based on that, I would NOT recommend someone to go in without having seen that tutorial first if it can be helped.

    I didn't need that eleven minutes, but certainly others (who have run out of time before finishing) sure did.

    Still say to use the resource Pearson is handing you free and get very familiar with the setup ahead of time. Then you can either do it all again at test-time if you want, or blow through it in a minute. Your choice at their point, not theirs.
  13. Visit  Roy Fokker profile page
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    I read the tutorial - I was paranoid that they'd switch soe rules or something at the last minute

    Took me just about 2 minutes anyway


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