i wanted some advice about the boards. i have taken the nclex 2 times so far, and each time i failed. i graduated in may 09 and it was encouraged upon us to take the boards within 3 months of graduation, so i did. i REALLY thought i was ready and i had 140 questions when my computer shut down. i failed =\. THEN, i thought maybe i should take kaplan and ONLY review with kaplan, because the first time around i used Lippincott, Saunders, Mosby, etc.. so i thought maybe i was using too many books and it was just confusing. but when i took kaplan recently, i thought OK i can do this. I only reviewed with kaplan and i took the boards last week and i failed with 265 questions. i'm not understanding why it's so difficult for me to pass. i took my time taking the test, i wasnt nervous the 2nd time around (the 1st time i was so nervous!, but the second time i truly trusted in God and put my faith in him and prayed) and i still didnt pass. i recently spoke to this girl who took the kaplan classes with me, and she has difficulty understanding english, and she said she passed with 75 questions. and how nclex is so straightforward, and its easy. but i really really really don't understand why i'm having such a difficult time. i dont want to be one of those people that repeatedly take the boards. i really want to start this new phase in my life. and it's like there's a huge brick wall that's placed in front of me because i cant, until i pass the boards. one of my friends told me it's probably because i study too much (and i do put in about 6 hrs a day to study - after taking couple of quizzes and reviewing it), she said out of all of us that passed, i'm the only one that studies way too much and i'm probably overwhelming or confusing myself. i dont know.
if anyone could offer me some kind of advice, i'd truly appreciate it. anything specific i should focus on? pharmacology i heard is on there, but it's so hard to study all the meds besides the common ones. when i took the test recently i had ALOT of infection control questions and signs and symptoms.. but it kept coming up with the same disease, just reworded differently.