Failed Boards 260 Questions

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    I prepared with Kaplan live course and did everything I needed to do in order to succeed. Sitting in for boards I felt confident as I answered the questions and honestly thought I passed. I got to the car only to find out that I failed, 260 questions later. Now any suggestions as to how to prepare for the next time?

    I have heard of so many different reviews and we are all different and learn different ways but I feel that I was close to passing and maybe needed to review more content then I did how to take the questions.

    Any advice or tips would be appreciated.

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    Well to be on the positive side, whats the worst that happened? you failed the nclex? you havent failed a test in school before? It really isn't that bad, and maybe you didnt fail. I heard sometimes the early method doesnt work but whatever don't get hopes up. The point is that you have taken the nclex and you know what style the questions are. I would study what you felt was your weak point during the test. Make flashcards because they help. Look up videos on youtube if you learn visually. Look up mnemonics because they simplify a whole lot. And don't feel bad about failing, It's not like when you do become a nurse there will be a special plaque next to your name that shows how many times you failed lol. Remember it may be hard, but its not impossible
    Last edit by Virtual on Jul 5
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    Oh sorry to hear about it. Do you think Kaplan was useful ? after the test, do u think the test was more bout contents or strategies ? If u feel like u need to spend more time for contents, go with Hurst. Do u have PDA book, I heard that one was a must to have ! Good luck you will pass next time . Don't give up !
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    I know I failed I took it a few days ago. I think for me considering my success at other things and never failing this hit me hard. To say the least I stayed in bed for 2 days. I already work in the hospital and have heard stories over the years about nclex and thought I studied hard and I felt like I let myself down. You are right about the plaque situation for sure.
    I will keep trying and focus more on content.
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    Kaplan was useful as far as practicing questions but I think I needed more content I think content is more important for some reason. I do not have the PDA book and I keep seeing people talk highly of that book and I am considering purchasing it. No matter how many questions you answer nclex questions are not the same. I am praying for the best next time around.
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    I keep hearing ppl saying that Kaplan questions were very familiar with Nclex. Some said easier, some said harder.. I bet that you almost passed the Nclex since you reached to 260 questions. I have no doubt that you will do much better next time.

    This is the PDA book. I just purchased the code to practice only, i didnt buy the book
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    Thanks for that link. I felt that my scores on Kaplan were high and I felt confident but I guess it wasn't enough. Our school paid for a 3 week online course for NCSBN and all I did is the pretest which consist of 6 folders with several questions and my folders were considered "above standard passing". So it shocked me to see that I did not pass. I took time off work and studied hard everyday. But now back to the drawing board. LOL.
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    Sorry to hear that.. I failed myself back in March..and I thought I wasn't going to face my family and friends. See I got A's & B's in school so why couldn't I pass this test. What I am doing is I got me a schedule where I set some time every day for 2 to 4 hrs to read or look over nclex stuff. I have a full time job but I will pass this test. You must plan to pass not planing will set yourself up to fail. I went to a live ATI review for nclex-pn a few weeks ago. They taught us a lot of things about reading into the question more. I was glad I went I never knew all the things about nclex...if you know the content of the subject then you would pick the right answer . So now I get up early for 2 hours before my family and I go to bed late to get in . I didn't do that the first time I just study all over the place..ATI also look at the answer all of them ..and then read the question ..WHAT are asking..and WHAT do they want..WHAT answers are there to choose from...WHAT is my role ONLY...Good Luck...Hurst has a good video with contents..
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    Yes I am in the same situation, I work and have the family life, kids, dogs, cleaning, cooking etc. And I did study Kaplan and do the 5 week study plan and I think I did too much I would study for hours with breaks here and there but I was again all over the place. Now I have heard people say I needed to take one system at a time to study. But again I think it was facing people and telling them what happened got to my pride. There is no perfect review for NCLEX it is a strategy of learning the type of questions and knowing the content needed to narrow the answer down to the right one.
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    If you are looking for content, there is a "list of notes" on here. Google nclex study guide, I havent taken the NCLEX yet. I did do the Rhinehart review a few weeks ago and a lot of things that she was talking about are on this paper....I also found from reading a lot of the posts on here that it is good to do A LOT of practice questions. Be sure TO READ ALL RATIONALES!!!!

    You could try downloading NCLEX 3500. It is a free app....
    Last edit by Mwillis3 on Jul 6 : Reason: add
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