i recently created a thread with the title "i took the nclex without reviewing". i got several harsh comments (i'm insane etc), but the truth is, i am also an international graduate and i actually graduated 3 years ago. i took my local boards and passed the first time. i had gone through many things from moving and residing here in the since then US. my husband lost his job, became alcoholic, my dad who is also an alcoholic got sick, ondoy struck my family, etc. i wanted to study, but i had a lot of things going. i know people will say that i was just being lazy, but nope. to be able to put food on our table, i commute 4 hours going to work and going back home. (don't ask me why-it's hard to find decent job right now) by the time i get home, i had to clean the house which my husband has messed up while drinking. i am always PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY tired i could not study. the fact that all my siblings took the NCLEX, had 75 questions and passed it the first time, all my relatives are either RNs and MDs, that actually scared me. i was too scared to fail. i have long been delaying taking my NCLEX until my brother told me that by not taking it, is like failing the test itself. what i did was i took my exam recently without reviewing. i have not gotten the official result, but the pearsonvue trick tells me that i did not pass and i am not happy, but you know what? at least i conquered my fear of failing. i was able to gauge my knowledge and now, i am ready to pass my second take=) don't be scared if THEY all passed. don't think about what they will think about you. this is YOUR test, not theirs. next time you take the exam, don't let them know. just do what you need to do at YOUR PACE. goodluck in your future endeavors!