I took my test a few days ago.
I stopped at 75 questions and felt pretty confident! After all -- stopping at 75 questions is either really good or really bad. And most who stop at 75 questions -- DO PASS.
And the sad thing is, I felt like I had done pretty well.
I got a lot of telemetry questions and 'select all that apply' questions, which seemed hard! So I thought, "Oh, I must be doing well because I keep getting these."
The test closed down and I was ecstatic that it ended so soon and presumably on a good note.
I have always been a smart individual and I do NOT have test anxiety. I do so well on standardized tests and I had a good GPA from an outstanding nursing school
On my Kaplan tests, I jumped around a bit - -but more or less hovered around the 60% margin. The last Kaplan predictor I took pegged me at 58.4%.
It's not that I didn't expect failing to be an option -- but I didn't expect to fail so miserably!
Failing at only 75 questions pretty much means that I was so far into a rut -- I couldn't get out. If I had lasted until 265, maybe I could have given myself some credit and said "Oh, I was close!".
But wow -- this failure has hit me really hard.
And I feel lost, because I am not sure how fix it.
I have Kaplan: the Basics and the Kaplan RN course book, as well as access to the trainers and qbanks on the Kaplan website.
My plan is to do a chapter of each book per day + 50 questions for the next 45 days until I can retake the test.
I feel like my head must be screwed on wrong.
My thinking process must be backwards -- and how can I change that!?
Right now I feel really disheartened and, well -- DUMB.
Most of all, I am disappointed in myself...
1) What should I do and how can I give myself a change next time around?
2) On a side note -- I keep googling "nclex CPR" to find out when it comes in the mail, and I can't find any information on WHEN it will be mailed to me. Does anyone know?!