I just took the NCLEX - PN, my thoughts. - page 3

I feel like burning most the LVN review books I bought as they did me no good what-so-ever on the NCLEX. The questions I got came out of left field. Stuff that wasn't taught in school like post... Read More

  1. by   BigB
    Thanks for the kind words. I am taking your advice and not thinking about the test much. I do enjoy coming to this website and offering info to people in need, and I like the support system here. Yes, I bet we both recieve our results within days of each other. I will keep everyone posted.
  2. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from BigB
    Thanks for the kind words. I am taking your advice and not thinking about the test much. I do enjoy coming to this website and offering info to people in need, and I like the support system here. Yes, I bet we both recieve our results within days of each other. I will keep everyone posted.
    Please keep returning to this site.

    It is always beneficial for positive, helpful people (such as you) to hang around this place!
  3. by   LPN1974
    I have a question.......but, first, I'll say that I took my boards in 1974, before the NCLEX ever came into being.

    But I'm wondering why schools don't touch on some of these things that students say are on the tests but not in their textbooks?

    Don't schools have access to old Nclex tests? I was just wondering about that.
  4. by   BigB
    Quote from LPN1974
    I have a question.......but, first, I'll say that I took my boards in 1974, before the NCLEX ever came into being.

    But I'm wondering why schools don't touch on some of these things that students say are on the tests but not in their textbooks?

    Don't schools have access to old Nclex tests? I was just wondering about that.
    That is a very good question. I can't speak for other schools, but my lvn program was the only one I know of that made the students take 10 "exit exams" after graduating, before they would send in our application to the lvn boards. These were, more or less, your typical school exam based on the different body systems (cadriac, neuro, ortho, etc etc). The tests were a nice review , but didn't help at all on the actual NCLEX. I felt my school let me down in preparing for the NCLEX, because we never practiced any priority type questions. If I hadn't of bought the kaplan book or the ncsbn.org online review I KNOW for sure I would of failed the NCLEX. The tests in school were nothing like the NCLEX.
  5. by   Simba&NalasMom
    Most of the tests at my school contained very similar questions to those found on the board; i.e. all the choices were right, but we had to choose the BEST best answer. Boy, did we grumble at the instructors for how "messed-up" those tests were, but they consistantly told us "Well, that's what you're gonna find on the boards." I don't think most of us believed them until we actually sat for the exam!

    We also had to take a practice NCLEX-PN at the computer lab; they wouldn't let us graduate until we did.
  6. by   cuteys717
    While I was taking the the test I felt like I was guessing a lot because I didn't know that I would have so many ? on priority. I have a bad feeling when I got out of there. I was with 2 of my other friends who were taking the test the same day too. One of my friend stop at around 120 questions and my other friend was similar to me. We have a similar ? A lot of priority and fallow up ? I wonder why my other friends didn't get much of the priority ? I don't know is it a good sign or a bad sign having so much of these priority ? I heard some ppl said that if your questions is getting harder at the end that mean you are doing good and most likely pass, but if you have repetitive ? that mean you are doing something wrong. I'm so worry cause I'm not sure are my ? repetitive or not. I just want my result back ASAP. I can't wait anymore. HOPE WE ALL PASS, that will be our BEST X-MAS GIFT. :wink2:
  7. by   nursemomruns
    Quote from LPN1974
    I have a question.......but, first, I'll say that I took my boards in 1974, before the NCLEX ever came into being.

    But I'm wondering why schools don't touch on some of these things that students say are on the tests but not in their textbooks?

    Don't schools have access to old Nclex tests? I was just wondering about that.
    Schools do not have access to old NCLEX exams. The exams are comprised from a pool of thousands of questions.
  8. by   nursemomruns
    Quote from BigB
    Thanks commuter,
    I recommend you take it on december 28 for a couple of reasons. First, the longer a person waits after graduating to take the NCLEX, the lower the pass rate is. I believe the stats are 80% pass rate if taken before 4 months of graduating, 70% after 6 months and 40% after 1 year. Second, we tend to forget nursing things after being out of school for awhile.

    I studied for 3-4 hours a day myself. I did about 8,000 review questions before taking the NCLEX. I took the test 4 months after graduating from LVN school, but started reviewing very lightly 10 months before the my NCLEX. By very lightly I mean doing 20 questions from the Suanders review book/ cd a day.

    During the month before my test date I was doing 200 review questions a DAY!! from 4 review books. To be honest, waiting another month to take mine wouldn't of helped. Saunders didn't help me much at all. It didn't help because it didn't adress priority-type questions. Which patient to see first. What is the most immportant to report.. etc etc. I had about 50 questions like this.

    I highly recommend kaplan and the ncsbn.org online review. They are the closest to the actual NCLEX, and helped me the most. Even if I didn't pass, I will do the online review again. I still have to wait at least 8 more days to get results.
    If taken with 26 days of graduation, it is 84.6%. If taken 27-39 days it is 80.5 days. If taken 40-62 days, it is 72.4 days. If taken 63-1565 days (4 years) it is 44.6%.
  9. by   BigB
    Quote from nursemomruns
    If taken with 26 days of graduation, it is 84.6%. If taken 27-39 days it is 80.5 days. If taken 40-62 days, it is 72.4 days. If taken 63-1565 days (4 years) it is 44.6%.
    Hmm , so it was 120 days after I graduated before I took the nclex....so I have a 44.6% cance of passing. Great , that is EXACTLY what i needed to hear as I am stressed to the max already, thanks.
  10. by   pinefarmgirl
    BigB-
    I took mine almost exactly 90 days after graduation, after rescheduling twice because I did not feel ready. I realized I probably would never feel ready, and could not stand having the test looming over my head anymore, so I just went ahead and took it, while praying alot. I passed. I don't think alot of people take the exam within 30 days of graduating, because your application cannot be sent in until your last official day of school, and then it takes forever for them to process it and send your ATT.

    Repeat after me: I know I passed, I know I passed, I know I passed....

    Maureen
  11. by   pinefarmgirl
    I'm wondering; maybe if everyone who takes the Nclex in California writes a letter to the board about our rediculous and stressful waiting period, it might start having an effect someday? Just bombard them with an avalanche of mail...
  12. by   nursemomruns
    Quote from BigB
    Hmm , so it was 120 days after I graduated before I took the nclex....so I have a 44.6% cance of passing. Great , that is EXACTLY what i needed to hear as I am stressed to the max already, thanks.
    You had provided partial information and not quite accurate information. I am filling in the gaps. And those numbers are not really your chances of passing. Those percentages are passing rates. And they are OVERALL rates that include US educated candidates and foreign educated candidates. I would offer you the link to read the study yourself, but I am afraid it will just further upset you. If you are interested, I can give it to you after you pass. For now, take a deep breath and try to calm down. I wish you the best of luck with your results.
    Last edit by nursemomruns on Dec 9, '05
  13. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from nursemomruns
    If taken with 26 days of graduation, it is 84.6%. If taken 27-39 days it is 80.5 days. If taken 40-62 days, it is 72.4 days. If taken 63-1565 days (4 years) it is 44.6%.
    I graduated from a California school, so there was no way I'd be able to take the exam within 26 days of graduating.

    I completed school on October 14, but did not receive my eligibility papers from the state of California until November 23. I then had to visit the Pearson Vue website to pay the funds required to take the NCLEX exam. After I received my Authorization to Test, I was barely able to schedule an appointment to take the test. I think that those of us who are dealing with the state of California are at a great disadvantage due to all of the senseless waiting.

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