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!