Foreign Nurses. Don't give up! I passed my test!! So can you. :)

  1. 3 I just found out today that I Passed my NCLEX-RN! I am a foreign educated nurse and I passed at my second attempt. My first test was really devastating. I had to go through the 6 hours and I could only answer 215 questions. I failed. But I kept my faith and started studying for the next attempt. Last Tuesday when I tried again I knew that it would be hard and It was...More than half of my test were SATA's questions, had one chart and picture question. Sometimes I had 3 SATA's in a row. At that point I knew that I was doing good.When the computer shut off at the 75th question I couldn't believe it! I was sure that I passed. I went home and tried the "PVT trick" and I got a "good pop up". Today (2 business days later) My name was at the BON. So the trick really works. Don't waste your money paying for the "Quick results". Just try the trick and later check at the BON it is for free!!
    I would like to thank all of you who posted good information, shared the "tricks" and experiences.
    Keep you faith in our Lord Jesus and DON'T GIVE UP!!
    Best wishes for all.
    Julia
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    About Julia Wheeler

    Joined Nov '11; Posts: 13; Likes: 11.

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  3. Visit  daisy777 profile page
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    Congrats Julia!
    What kind of books and Q&A did you used? And how long you prepared for exam?
    Last edit by daisy777 on Feb 4, '12
  4. Visit  Nessa1998 profile page
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    Julia, Congratulation!
    I am a foreign educated graduate too! I am still struggling in passing the nclex. What kind of nclex books review did you used & how long did you prepared for the exam? Did you also sign up for online review?
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  5. Visit  frankie,RN profile page
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    Congratulations.
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  6. Visit  Julia Wheeler profile page
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    I used the Saunders Review (loved it! it comes with a CD full of tests that you can pratice at home)I used the LaCharity (ok) and Kaplan book (wich is not really good). I paid for the Kaplan review wich is not cheap and it was ok. I had access on line to the Q Bank wich was the only thing that made my money worth. I got many tips from here. People like to post pretty intersting stuff!! Really helpful. This is my own opinion. You may like another book based on your own perspective though.
    I studied for two months to take the first test and I failed, then for the second time I studied for 3 months. When you are studing in a second language you need to slow down and make sure that you really get it.
    Hope it was helpful for you. Good luck on your test. 2012 will be a very blessed year for all of us!
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  7. Visit  brownsugar40 profile page
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    congrtats!!!!!!!!
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  8. Visit  purplechicxiii profile page
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    Hi Julia! Thank you for sharing your story (which I can truly relate). =) I'm a foreign-trained nurse too and I failed my 1st attempt last 2010. I'm preparing for my 2nd try on Mar 9, hoping to finally pass it (just like you). And oh Congratulations! Good luck to everyone testing. Keep studying! We can do this! To God be all the glory.
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  9. Visit  daisy777 profile page
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    Julia, How many question did you do? I understood, you worked with Kaplan Q-bank and Saunders? And how many hours did you spend per day? I have unsuccessful attempt, and preparing again. You talk about Kaplan book .Is it short review?
    Will very appreciate to know your opinion about kaplan stuff. Thank you .
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  10. Visit  pikapink profile page
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    Congratulations Julia!!! I'm a foreign grad too and failed Nclex before. Now I'm preparing for the test again. I was looking at my files in my computer and found many NCLEX programs. I just wanna ask if the Kaplan Q trainer that people are talking about is a program? It has Test 1-7, because I have it. and i was planning to enroll in the Kaplan review course this month. Anyway, good luck in starting your career as a nurse!
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  11. Visit  jaividal profile page
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    congratulations doll! =) I'm taking the test soon to march 16 is my date! =) good luck to all of us! NEVER SAY NEVER
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    Quote from daisy777
    Julia, How many question did you do? I understood, you worked with Kaplan Q-bank and Saunders? And how many hours did you spend per day? I have unsuccessful attempt, and preparing again. You talk about Kaplan book .Is it short review?
    Will very appreciate to know your opinion about kaplan stuff. Thank you .
    Hi Daisy. what you mean with how many question i did?? like training or at the real test?? At the NCLEX test at the first time I answered 215 (but i ran out the time) at my second attempt I passed with 75.
    I studied with both books (Kaplan and Saunders). I used the Kaplan Q bank for 3 months (because my membership expired) and then I starded using the Saunders CD test. When I was testing with Kaplan Q Bank my scores weren't so high (60-63%). With Saunders it was better scores (73%). I think that the Kaplan's questions were more closer to the real test. But the Saunders SATA's were more alike to the real NCLEX. I liked both. But I just hated the Kaplan book, and also for my point of view I regreted to decide to take the in class Kaplan review. It was more expensive and you could check the same strategy on the virtual classes. And also I had another Kaplan Book (Strategies to pass) that I bought online for less than $35....so basically it was the same thing.
    If you are short on money: Buy the Saunders book. It is an amazing book and it comes with the CD full of tests. (less than 50 dollars and you will have both things)
    If you would like to learn the Kaplan strategy, buy the book on line (35 dollars)
    And pratice a lot!! You will be amazed to see how much you can learn when you pratice.
    BTW: the Kaplan book that I didn't like really that much is the one that comes with the review course that you buy to study on line or you do in class (for a week or so). They tried to make a review, but is just ok.
    About how many hours I studied...well. When you are studing in a second language, you can't not hurry yourself. I had to be really careful to make sure that I was understanding the meaning of the things. I was studying for an average of 5-6 hours a day. Which is not a lot in my own language. But in English....was a lot!! It is hard to say how much time you need to pass. It depends on many aspects. And remember that: You are not preparing only for a test, you are preparing to save lives. It is not only about getting the license. It is about being a great professional. Study for life, not for a license.
    Wish you the best!
    Julia
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    Hi Pikapink. The Kaplan Q-Bank that I had was online stuff. I mean, it came with the review class course. You can have the access for 3 months. So, if you are planning to enroll in the Kaplan review, it will come with the package that you buy. Take advantage as much as you can before it expires. When you take the test you can check your weaknesses and strengths. It is really helpful.
    Thanks,
    Julia
  14. Visit  purplechicxiii profile page
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    Quote from Julia Wheeler
    Hi Daisy. what you mean with how many question i did?? like training or at the real test?? At the NCLEX test at the first time I answered 215 (but i ran out the time) at my second attempt I passed with 75.
    I studied with both books (Kaplan and Saunders). I used the Kaplan Q bank for 3 months (because my membership expired) and then I starded using the Saunders CD test. When I was testing with Kaplan Q Bank my scores weren't so high (60-63%). With Saunders it was better scores (73%). I think that the Kaplan's questions were more closer to the real test. But the Saunders SATA's were more alike to the real NCLEX. I liked both. But I just hated the Kaplan book, and also for my point of view I regreted to decide to take the in class Kaplan review. It was more expensive and you could check the same strategy on the virtual classes. And also I had another Kaplan Book (Strategies to pass) that I bought online for less than $35....so basically it was the same thing.
    If you are short on money: Buy the Saunders book. It is an amazing book and it comes with the CD full of tests. (less than 50 dollars and you will have both things)
    If you would like to learn the Kaplan strategy, buy the book on line (35 dollars)
    And pratice a lot!! You will be amazed to see how much you can learn when you pratice.
    BTW: the Kaplan book that I didn't like really that much is the one that comes with the review course that you buy to study on line or you do in class (for a week or so). They tried to make a review, but is just ok.
    About how many hours I studied...well. When you are studing in a second language, you can't not hurry yourself. I had to be really careful to make sure that I was understanding the meaning of the things. I was studying for an average of 5-6 hours a day. Which is not a lot in my own language. But in English....was a lot!! It is hard to say how much time you need to pass. It depends on many aspects. And remember that: You are not preparing only for a test, you are preparing to save lives. It is not only about getting the license. It is about being a great professional. Study for life, not for a license.
    Wish you the best!
    Julia
    Hi Julia! About SATA's were more like of Saunder's than Kaplan (pls refer to the bold and underlined sentence above). Does that mean that SATA's in Nclex were asking more of signs and symptoms? Because that's what I notice with Saunder's SATA's. I'm using the 5th edition. Just wanna know your opinion from your test. Thanks in advance!


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