NCLEX 265 Questions, My experience and Fail

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    Hello fellow test takers!

    So I took the NCLEX on 06.27.13 and maxed out at 265 questions, and unfortunately failed. I realize now that I did not give the exam the proper respected study it deserves but I want to share my experience to hopefully help those who are future test takers. I graduated my BSN in 2008 overseas and have worked as an RN back home so I feel that if you were a recent grad you have a great chance of passing this exam while your new grad brains are still fresh! In fact I felt confident up until about q 120 when I really psyched myself out and started losing steam. Big mistake!

    I studied Kaplan (the book not the review), NCLEX 4000 and skimmed La Charity and general lab values and the study guide from here. I only halfheartedly studied these and I really regret this now obviously!

    Okay the actual exam:

    I maxed out 265 questions in about 3.5 hours.

    I had ALOT of SATA questions I would say about 35+. Up until 75 I was actually thinking I was going to pass at 75.

    I had 4 EKG strips.

    I had multiple diagrams and questions with "exhibits"

    Alot of prioritization and delegation (seriously study your La charity!)

    I needed to know lab values. (Murphys law really kicked in here, whichever obscure lab value I didn't pay much attention to was on the test)

    I had about 20 or so Medication questions.

    I had alot of cardiac related questions so I am assuming I was weak in this area which is why it kept questioning me on cardiac related questions and EKG's, ugh!

    I had a small amount of psych questions also.

    Make sure you're confident with ABG's and interpreting met. acidosis/resp. acidosis etc.



    I can elaborate more if anyone is interested in anything particular. I hope my experience helps other people pass the first time around. This exam was the most random and unpredictable thing I have ever taken and I know the 2nd time is going to be the last time I take it!

    I am discouraged and disappointed, and I hope I can pick up the pieces and keep going. Reading stories from here do keep me motivated to study again and re test.

    I wish all of you passes with 75 questions!

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    I'm in the same boat! We WILL pass the second time around. Good luck!
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    we can do this! Good luck to you also! If you need a study/motivation buddy I need one!
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    Same thing happened to me and I took it in May. 265 questions in 5 1/2 hours and a fail my first try. At least I know I'm not alone, thanks for sharing. Good Luck!!
    MaisieMosca likes this.
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    Sorry to hear that!! Now that you've gotten an idea of how the exam is I know you'll do great on you 2nd try!! Good luck. My question is after you took your test did you do the Pearson vue trick [PVT)if so did it work and send you to the credit card information, i took NCLEX June2813 and im a lil skeptical about the trick, my exam stopped @ 75 i didnt know how to feel i was iffy but i tried the PVT and got the good pop up and the wait is killing me so im just wondering if someone who did not pass tried it and it worked for them!!
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    Quote from Reniquer
    Sorry to hear that!! Now that you've gotten an idea of how the exam is I know you'll do great on you 2nd try!! Good luck. My question is after you took your test did you do the Pearson vue trick [PVT)if so did it work and send you to the credit card information, i took NCLEX June2813 and im a lil skeptical about the trick, my exam stopped @ 75 i didnt know how to feel i was iffy but i tried the PVT and got the good pop up and the wait is killing me so im just wondering if someone who did not pass tried it and it worked for them!!

    I did try the PVT and it sent me to credit card info so it does work! If you're getting the good pop up you passed!! congrats
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    you're definitely not alone! Good Luck for your second attempt!


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