Quote from AlisonBrennan
I did my NCLEX on 6/5/13. I had all 265 questions and failed. I got the Report they send and it says I am "near passing standard" in all areas except health promotion where I scored "Below passing standard".
I am unsure of how to take this? Does that mean I'm weak in absolutely every area of the test and need a major review?
Any help or feedback would be great right now. I am doing the Rayfield test guides, kaplan and a few other study reviews.
I just feel so overwhelmed right now and I am trying to get my ATT to rest soon.
Based on your report, it seems as though you are having a tough time in choosing the best answer, and have difficulty answering the best question in Health Promotion.
Remember: the NCLEX licensure test is based on four key areas in being a safe, competent, entry level licensed nurse: Health Promotion, Safe, Effective Care, Physiologic and Psychologic Integrity.
The first step in answering NCLEX questions are WHAT the question is asking you what to do in the scenarios, whether it be placing the pt in isolation, anticipating what orders are to be implemented, what side effects need to be reported, etc.
I would suggest when studying this time is to focus in reviewing questions and rationales; if you have difficulty wit the rationales, review the content. Usually on NCLEX question reviews, the type of question (ie Health Promotion) is stated at the end of the rationale. Review the source of the NCLEX subject if the rationale doesn't stick. I also suggest Saunders NCLEX review cards and LaCharity to review. Kaplan's strategies are good as well. The book breaks down the NCLEX test by the four subjects. If you want a comprehensive review, NCSBN (the NCLEX people) is great for in depth questions based on subject; even for the questions. You can try Lippincott as well. For me, the questions MOST similar to the NCLEX were NCSBN, Saunders, Lippincott and LaCharity.
Take a breath...once you KNOW what the question asks you, and you have been able to have a percentage near 70 in each of the 4 subjects of the NCLEX, then schedule your exam. Don't forget to center yourself as well. Practice deep breathing exercises if you get overwhelmed as well. I treated each practice question review as the NCLEX in order to prepare for the exam. I practice 75-265 questions every week after I completed each of my sources; when it came to reviewing questions only, I review at least every other day. I was pretty relaxed and paced myself during the exam. Prepare yourself mentally and emotionally. You have a clean slate; think successfully.