so i posted on the forum a couple of days ago with my scores and i was pretty nervous but i went and took it test cut off at 75 questions, did the Pearsonvue trick got the good pop up, checked my quick results today and i passed.
passed on the first time, so how did i do it?
i got my hands on the hurst review lectures, and i listened to 2 of them everyday from december (my graduation) till about february 20th. if you know somebody that has access to hurst review they can send you the lectures or you can record them using software on your computer while they play and circulate them through your school (its illegal but do what you must to pass).
I bought the kaplan qbank - ONLY THE QBANK NOTHING ELSE - for 299 and i did 50 questions a day and really focused on reading the rationales. If i got questions right i wanted to know why i got it right and if i got them wrong i made a list of things and i researched it for the rest of the day to learn about it. also i always did the exams timed. the reason you SHOULD NOT do the tests with the rationales available at anytime because in the actual nclex you wont have rationales available mid test. also the rationales you read mid test will skew your scores higher and give you false reassurance about your grades. I was starting with about 60% and toward the end i was getting around 70-78% (unused questions only i never went back and redid questions)
Around 1 week before my test i did question trainers which i found online and downloaded/converted to word document format. i would circulate it to you all but its illegal, i know they have websites that you can view them in pdf format but you cant download them. trust me on this - after a week of searching on google for hours there is a website where you can download every single question trainer!!
my QT scores were as follows
Question Trainer 1 - 76%
Question trainer 2 - 70%
Question trainer 3 - 63%
Question Trainer 7 - 62%
I DID NOT DO EVERY QUESTION TRAINER, its not even necessary to be honest. i didnt do any readiness exams or any of that. if u listened to the hurst lectures everyday, that is your content and you will be fine.
So how did my nclex go?
10 Reorder questions
3 Med calc
1 Cardiac Rythym question
the rest were multiple choice
EVERYTHING THAT I STUDIED WAS NOT ON THE EXAM!!!! SO STOP MEMORIZING CONTENT!! i had a lot of professionalism questions like evidence based practice and malpractice.. which shocked the hell out of me. cuz i didnt study it.
but i passed. you will pass. i left that room thinking i failed because honest to god the questions were so hard i didnt know *** they were asking me but i passed.
gonna sound corny but visualize you telling everyone you passed, put it out to the universe that you will be a nurse, and you will post here and pass. if you see question 76, you are still in the game keep your wits about you.