Quote from rainbows4me
Why would you think you only need to get 5 right out of 75 to pass? I don't follow your logic. I think many confuse the "number of questions you need to get right" with the difficulty of the questions you need to be answering. My understanding is that you need two things: 1) to be consistently/predictably answering questions of a definitive level 2) that defined level must be at a minimum passing rate. Once that is established (mathmatically), and you've taken a minimum of 75 questions, you either pass or fail, depending on the difficulty level you got to. Perhaps this has nothing to do with what you are saying and I'm just asleep at the wheel - which is possible since I took the darned test this morning!!!
Disclaimer: FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY!!! THIS IS HELPING COPE WITH THE FACT THAT I MAY HAVE FAILED THE NCLEX, AND KEEPING IT REAL IN THE PROCESS.
You have to answer at least 75. That's standard... Okay then, if you answer the max of 265, it is stated that they count the last 60 questions of those...follow me...Well, that only leaves at least 15 questions in the minimum 75, in the first place. Now, remember you won't answer all of the 15 right either, therefore you are scored based on the minimal passing standard of 0.30, which is 30%(that's 4.5 or 5 needed in 75 questions) Moreover if you divide the max # of questions, 265 by 75 (the # questions, per 75) you get 3.50. Now multiply 4.5 by 3.5 which is 15.75(16 when you round up) questions on the last of at least 60 to pass....The more harder ones you get right along with less harder ones if at least 5 of them out of 75 are correct, you pass...and for those who take the maximum 265, remember they count the last 60 as a basis for the previous questions you answered corrects and overall you then only need to answer difficult level questions along with less harder ones of at least 16 correct to pass. That's why so many people feel they FAILED coming away from the test. And some who passed and felt like they failed, felt that way because they didn't have a clue on many of the questions they answered ( if anyone would admit to it) But what is most important is that you see PASS, Including myself..Because to answer every single question right, however not uncommon, is rare, and the BON's know this... and the number of questions is IMPORTANT (remember they need you to capture those difficult level questions too) because the FAIL rate would be ridiculously high if it weren't for them giving those questions so one could fall into their pass/fail standard without doubt. I welcome all any suggestions/comments...remember this is for fun...but what if part if not all makes sense