Quote from rnsrwe
luck won't have you pass this test. knowledge and knowing how to apply that knowledge will.
you might correctly answer a question here or there based on luck, of course. but keeping enough of your questions above the passing standard (by correctly, repeatedly answering them) isn't luck.
faith is entirely different question, but for what it's worth, i don't believe for a single minute that god would have you pass a test you weren't worthy of passing, when those impaired results would have you in the position to hurt people for the rest of your licensed life. praying to pass, well, what are you asking for? to be granted something you're not worthy of? or, if you are worthy at testing time, what are you praying for then? faith in god is separate from faith in the nclex, in my opinion.
nope, i believe preparation and knowledge wins on this one.
i can agree more with your statement than the previous one made. i say it was was both, mainly because i studied 6 hours a day, 6 days a week and having taken a month off to study for the exam, and did not see much that i recognized. my reasoning came with doing over 300 questions a day, reading the rationales to both, right and wrong answers. i saw many things i clearly didn't know, but, i guess that somewhere in there, with all of the energy that i placed into that exam, i was able to pass it with minimum questions in 40 minutes. i considered myself to be lucky to actually have the endurance to sit through that exam without caving in and flipping out.
what makes me say luck at times is that i have seen students that had more on the ball than i did and placed even more energy into that exam is because sometimes, it is the questions asked. if one is being tested in an area that they really didn't master, and questions are being constantly thrown from that direction, that student may fail; or some people, under the pressure and fear of that exam, suddenly freeze up...and unfortunately fail, in spite of all of their concentrated efforts.
one thing i do know for sure...i was not going to go in there without deep and focused preparation. if i failed, i didn't want it to be because i did not give it my all. when i walked away from the exam, i was bewildered (like so many others) but, i did say to myself that i did all that was humanly possible to pass. i am so glad it is behind me...don't know if i can do that again.:spin: