My 2013 NCLEX Experience. Worth a read. - page 3

by hazlenut88

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Hello! I took my boards here in western PA this past Thursday, January 24th, 2013. I graduated Dec 7, 2012 and within days of completing the NCLEX Prep workshop, I had my ATT in hand. I studied, reviewed and did anywhere from... Read More


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    Congratulations! Learning more and more on here every day. I guarantee this post will be helpful to many!
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    I took the NCLEX on January 25th. The test stopped at 75 questions - that is usually a good sign or a really bad sign. I went to my computer and tried to register for a new exam. It asked me for my credit card info - I was devastated, so I call my friend who passed the week before. She said you have to put all that info in, including your cc info, verify your address, the school you graduated from, etc. and THEN when you click next, you get the pop-up that you cant reschedule. If she didnt tell me that, I would have thought I failed too. Hope this helps


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    Hello! I took my boards here in western PA this past Thursday, January 24th, 2013. I graduated Dec 7, 2012 and within days of completing the NCLEX Prep workshop, I had my ATT in hand. I studied, reviewed and did anywhere from 100-200 questions per day,taking weekends off.

    Wednesday night came, I got a good night sleep, felt really prepared for the NCLEX the next morning in Pittsburgh. I was confident. I didn't struggle in nursing school, scored a 98% on my NCLEX predictor in school - I HAD THIS!

    Sat down, 4 EKG strips, many ordered processes and I swear at least 20 select all that apply. Waiting and waiting for the questions to get harder. Thinking, this cannot be good, why aren't they getting harder - aren't they SUPPOSED to get harder?! The computer shut off at 160. I was devastated at this point. But I also knew in my gut (trust your gut, by the way) that I had gotten the very last question correct. That was a good sign, right?!

    Until I got home, that is. I did the Pearson Vue "Trick". Well the screen came up for me to put in my credit card information. That isn't a good sign, they said. It means you failed, they said. I felt like the world was ending. And let's face it, to a new graduate nurse IT WAS! The PVT is almost 100% accurate, afterall. I checked that site I know 20 times and had a friend of mine check it from their computer miles away still showing a cc page to purchase a new exam. How could I come this far and FAIL. The dreaded F word.

    I kept telling myself, well I can retake it in 45 days. But what do I tell my three children who had helped me along the way through school. What kind of example is being set? By midnight Thursday night I had resigned myself to the fact that I was retaking the NCLEX. I had a game plan in mind and the next morning I was going to the bookstore and buying a Kaplan book.

    The next morning as I readied myself to go to the bookstore and put my plan in action. I sat at the computer, figured I'd check the PA Board of Nursing site and confirm what PVT had told me the day before. Well guess what folks, PVT was wrong. As of yesterday,January 25, 2013, I am indeed a Registered Nurse in the state of Pennsylvania! I'm happy, my husband is happy and my three kids are just so tickled to see Mom accomplish this goal. So please, be wary of the PV Trick, it's not 100%.
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    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience!
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    CONGRATS!

    I read stories about the PVT not always being correct, so when I took my LPN exam, it made me smile to get the "pop-up" but I still had that feeling in the pit of my stomach that I knew I wasn't out of the woods yet.

    I graduate from an ADN program in April and can't wait to take the NCLEX-RN.

    Congrats again!
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    Quote from seanynjboy
    CONGRATS!

    I read stories about the PVT not always being correct, so when I took my LPN exam, it made me smile to get the "pop-up" but I still had that feeling in the pit of my stomach that I knew I wasn't out of the woods yet.

    I graduate from an ADN program in April and can't wait to take the NCLEX-RN.

    Congrats again!
    When did you take your NCLEX pn? Congrats! I'm taking mine on Thursday. Where are you taking your ADN program at? Just curious cuz I'm thinking on going back right back to school when I pass my test.
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    Congrats hazlenut88, good job. You did not labor in vain. Your sacrifice has borne fruit, juicy luscious fruit. Thanks for the motivation.
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    Congrats! I will refrain from doing the PVT test then, lol. I will resort to psycho-reloading the BON website instead when the time comes.
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    Thank you all! I wish now I wouldn't have tried it and just waited it out til I could check the BON site. Good luck to those that still have to take it! It's such a wonderful relief to pass and put this behind me
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    Quote from kidzr1st
    I took the NCLEX on January 25th. The test stopped at 75 questions - that is usually a good sign or a really bad sign. I went to my computer and tried to register for a new exam. It asked me for my credit card info - I was devastated, so I call my friend who passed the week before. She said you have to put all that info in, including your cc info, verify your address, the school you graduated from, etc. and THEN when you click next, you get the pop-up that you cant reschedule. If she didnt tell me that, I would have thought I failed too. Hope this helps
    OMG I haven't done that..I just stopped at the ccpage didn't put in cc details..but i already accepted that I failed the exam waaaahh this is too nerve wracking still waiting for the official results
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    Hey guys I failed my rn testlast month I really wana pass the second time I don't know what to do I even go once week with private tutor to learn strategies, I know my contact really good but I'm not too good at test taking so now I'm studying the Kaplan 2011-2013 strategies practice and review I like the book so far, but I want to ask if I should use COMPERHENSIVE Mary hogans person review and rationals cuz I already used the Saunders so plz help me.


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