failed nclex in 75 questions despite Uworlds blessing

  1. I am completely dumbstruck. I failed...I FAILED. How did this happen? I studied my arse off for a month before I took it. I did all of the almost two thousand questions in Uworld. My Uworld assessment said I had a "very high probability of passing". My scores on individual tests were regularly above the average test taker. I studied my Saunders book. I was always above average on my class tests. Then I fail in 75 questions on the actual exam...what the ****? Now I have to wait 45 days. Tomorrow I have to tell the ED to give the job they have waiting for me to someone else because I failed the NCLEX. I am seriously going through some DABDA right now y'all. I just had to vent to those who might understand.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Sep 14 : Reason: changed to all **
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   Ben_Dover
    It sounds like you're putting the blame on "UWORLD" which to me is kind of unfair.
    User error maybe?!

    Wish you the best!
  4. by   Okami_CCRN
    One of the things you have to understand about the NCLEX-RN exam is that it is one of safety.

    When I was studying for the exam, I would brush up on concepts that I was not comfortable with such as delegation and obstetrics. I would do about 100-200 questions every day for about 3-4 weeks before I took the exam, make sure you read the rationales. Take a peek at an NCLEX-RN exam decision tree.

    Things to keep in mind for the day of the exam is to eat a well balanced breakfast/lunch. Do not study the night before or the day of (no use cramming or freaking out). Give yourself ample time to arrive at the testing site.

    Remember it's a test of safety, if you do not know the answer think about what is least likely to cause harm.
  5. by   hopetopassnclex
    Please first and for most, calm down before you get depressed.
  6. by   submerche
    Ben
    Ouch! Brutal honesty! As much as I don't want to admit it, you might be right. Well, I failed, so theirs the evidence. I hear what you are saying. It does sound as though I am blaming Uworld. That is not what I mean to convey. I own this. This has been a bitter pill to swallow and I am still trying to get it down but I know that I failed the NCLEX, not UWorld. I do fully plan on continuing to use UWorld. The one take away that I would advise to anyone, and I think this is my main point related to UWorld, is to not let the fact that UWorld says you have a high likelyhood of passing make you complacent. I will be taking a second look at how I have used it up until now. I will report back on any areas where I may have not used the resource to the best benefit. I also welcome any one else that has advice on this to chime in here if they wish. Any (constructive) advice Ben?
    Last edit by submerche on Sep 14
  7. by   submerche
    Ben
    Ouch! Brutal honesty! As much as I don't want to admit it, you might be right. Well, I failed, so theirs the evidence. I hear what you are saying. It does sound as though I am blaming Uworld. That is not what I mean to convey. I own this. This has been a bitter pill to swallow and I am still trying to get it down but I know that I failed the NCLEX, not UWorld. I do fully plan on continuing to use UWorld. The one take away that I would advise to anyone, and I think this is my main point related to UWorld, is to not let the fact that UWorld says you have a high likelyhood of passing make you complacent. I will be taking a second look at how I have used it up until now. I will report back on any areas where I may have not used the resource to the best benefit. I also welcome any one else that has advice on this to chime in here if they wish. Any (constructive) advice Ben?
  8. by   submerche
    hopetopass,

    I am climbing out of it. I won't lie, the first 12hours or so were pretty rough. Thank you!
  9. by   submerche
    Okami,

    I think ramping up the number of questions I do a day will be important. After I had finished all of the questions in my UWorld account I dropped way down. I was doing only maybe 25-50 per day on average because I started to remember the answers. What I should have done is to search out more questions to maintain the high volume.
    I think I may have also placed to much importance on getting the questions right. What I mean by that is that if I would get a question right I would feel like I was done with it. I may not have fully understood the pathophysiology or the order of interventions or what have you as to why it was correct. I would just remember from class or some other resource and move on. I would focus on rationales if I got something wrong but not so much if I got it right. Looking back on it, this was obviously a big mistake.
    I have never heard of the NCLEX exam decision tree. I will be looking for that. Thanks for that tip.
    Thank you
  10. by   hopetopassnclex
    Just take it easy for now. I am still preparing my mind on when to write the nclex, I have not even started studying yet. But one thing i know is that UWORLD is not the last bus stop and i do not want to believe it will make me to pass or not. It may work for some people and not work for others. May be you were too confident because of your scores on UWORLD. I am glad you will do it differently the next time. I advice you get the Saunders strategies for test taking, the latest 2017 one, it could help you. How about your knowledge on content? I heard about passpoint which has 10000 questions, you can try it too. All the best, but give yourself some rest.
  11. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from submerche
    Okami,I think I may have also placed to much importance on getting the questions right. What I mean by that is that if I would get a question right I would feel like I was done with it. I may not have fully understood the pathophysiology or the order of interventions or what have you as to why it was correct.
    This right here was your problem. You focused on what the right answer was not why. It's the why that counts on tests such as the NCLEX.
  12. by   acap2017
    I think a big issue people have when it comes to studying for the NCLEX is that they study specific nursing information that you learn in nursing school. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the NCLEX doesn't care about your specific nursing knowledge. It's testing your ability to be a safe practitioner. I recommend studying test taking strategies, and subject areas such as: Pt. Safety, Fundamentals, Clinical concepts, etc.
  13. by   blue85
    Ive heard different things about the various study methods. First, Saunders is a great tool to help pass tests in nursing school and to practice how to approach SATA and other alternative format questions, but useless on the NCLEX, because the information is too easy. Others say to use either Pearson or ATI to prepare for the NCLEX.
  14. by   Lvalen
    Submerch I would like to help you. Email me at ratm0714@hotmail.com

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