Just took the nclex- good pop up!!!? - page 2

Oh, my, my last thread outlines my journey to this moment and it has indeed been a long one. After studying my butt off for 3 weeks, 6 days a week, 9 hours a day, 200+ question p/day....it took everything in my power to NOT study... Read More

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    I used Prep-U (lippincott software) for the majority of answering questions. About 2000 questions were answered using prep-u. But, in conjunction with prep-u I purchased the NCSBN 3 week course and just answered all of the programs questions. Whenever I took a test on Saunders or Prep-U I would look at my weakest points and then spend some time reviewing it on the NCSBN course... I like the NCSBN course alot, but it was super wordy. So since i cant sit and read, I just used it like I mentioned before for questions and only to review my weakest points. Finally to guage out where I was I would take Kaplan Qustion Trainers. If I felt like I was getting somehwere I would use a question trainer to see if I was coming up in scores. I only did QT1, QT2, QT3 and QT6 right before the exam. I also left the day before the exam free. Lastly, my school, who also provided me with the materials I used to study (with the exception of the 3 week course), provided me with an audio NCLEX review course and I popped in my ipod whenever I couldn't be on the computer. Hope this helps.
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    UPDATE - I just got my results from my state board of nursing. I passed. PVT worked for me too! Time to celebrate!!!

    Quote from jennifer.ortiz6
    Oh, my, my last thread outlines my journey to this moment and it has indeed been a long one. After studying my butt off for 3 weeks, 6 days a week, 9 hours a day, 200+ question p/day....it took everything in my power to NOT study yesterday. But with my amazing family, they made it easy and pulled me all over town to get my mind off things. Last night was hell. I took sleepytime tea, got a massage (couretesy of the love) to try and calm me down...and though I felt a sense of peace....I was wide awake, and just ready to go. No better way to put it. I wasn't stressed, I was just ready to go. Which says alot because up until yesterday I was stressed....

    This morning, my test was at 8am. I prayed so hard, talked to myself in the shower to give myself confidence and went to the testing center with more butterflies than the rainforest. I sat down in front of my cubicle and just tried to center myself through the tutorial. I thought I would dump all my info onto the white board....but when the test started all I wrote was:

    It's just another test.
    It's between you and God. You got this.

    And so, I began. The test was no where near as bad as I had anticiapted it to be...not sure WHAT I expected. But...the truth is, though it was not easy by any means, if you finished nursing school and had even looked at an NCLEX style question, you would know what to expect....now, KNOWING how to answer? That comes with Thousands of questions under your belt...and I don't downplay THAT part....AT ALL.

    My second question was a SATA. I had about 10 SATA, 5 Put in order, 1 exhibit and the rest rest were prioritization (who would you see first, what would you do first), a couple pharm, some pt teaching (SATA), 2-4 OB/PEDS, 2-3 infection control (proper PPE, cohorting) and ONLY 2-3 Knowledge based questions (which symptoms go to this disease). No math. When I found myself tweaking out because of the whole situation, the difficulty of the question...I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and wrote on my board.


    When I saw my question number at 60, my heart started to pound.....62...65....70...72....By the time I got to 74 I had to truly try to read the question in its entirety because f how anxious I was to be at 75... but I managed, pulled through and even got a SATA right before I hit the dreaded 75. I answered 75 and about jumped out of my seat when the screen turned blue...I couldn't get through the questionnaire at the end FAST enough!!!

    I felt confident, and that scared me....should i BE this confident? But I was, i saw people walking out almost in tears....shrugging off my goodlucks....but in the end, for me, I knew i had done all I could. I honestly don't know how I could've prepared better.... and thats my advice, work hard...bc when does work hard NOT pay off?

    I had no life for 3 weeks. My family misses me, I miss my family, Im tired of being a student and ready to be an RN.

    So, I got home....did the PVT trick and got the good pop up---- I hope this is true....bc than my confidence was warranted!!

    My advice whether I passed or not is this. Study your a$$ off, whats 3 weeks compared to the rest of your life, be confident <<< SOOO Important to get you through even READING a question, its JUST A TEST! I would almost guarentee that you've seen harder in Nursing school, don't study the day before the exam....I thought this was ridiculous....but it's not....even athletes don't train right before a huge meet,race,competition.

    Alot of people I have read will say Study this....study that....focus this and focus on that.... all I can say is answer as MANY question as possible. Because the more you see the more you know....

    Good luck everyone, I hope this helped you the way you all have helped me....
    Heres to hoping the good PVT is true!!
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    Congrats!!!! you passed!!!

    Quote from cory334
    Hi, I took mine this morning and I got the good pop up 10 min later in the parking lot I hope it works because otherwise I will be devastated. It stopped at 82 and I had a lot of prioritization questions. Thank you God if this is really true and I passed it! And Thanks to all of you who shared your experiencies here! Good luck to all of us!
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    I hope You are right about me. I am soo happy for you! Congratulations and good luck with your career!
    I cannot wait until tomorrow morning when I can pay to see my results.
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    congrats to u!!! YAYYY! i wanted to ask u, when u said u had like 5 put to order, what kinds of things were they. Like catheters, metered dose inhaler, etc???
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    Please remember that when you take the exam you sign a declaration NOT TO discuss actual exam questions
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    thats why i asked just what kinds of things. it doesnt say can u please tell me exactly which ones u had....
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    The order could be on anything and it will be hard to predict what you will get due to the nature of the exam.
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    Congrats to you!!!
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