NCLEX in 7 hours: A Note For Everyone! - page 2

It's 1:30 am! My test is at 9am this morning and I am so excited for it! Not nervous so much as just really anxious in a good way and ready to get it started! I wanted to thank everyone for all... Read More

  1. by   Cherybaby
    Hey Everyone!

    Just got back from the testing center. (It is nearly 2 hours away from my house!) I went in at 8:45 and walked out by 10:15. Test shut off at 85 questions. LOTS of meds. One math fill in the blank calculation. Some prioritizing. A lot of psych nursing too! Study those psych meds, Kids! Have to know side effects of them. Lots of diabetes questions. But, it was mostly meds. (Diabetes, cardiac, psych and pulmonary).

    I have to admit, I feel pretty confident that I passed. Wow, won't it suck for me if I didn't!

    I felt the test was pretty easy. BUT...that can mean one of two things. Either:

    A) It was easy for me because I was well prepared and that is why it shut off at 85.

    or...

    B) I did so poorly, that is why I felt the questions were easy. They never advanced in difficulty. Therefore , the test shut off at 85.

    I am hoping it is "A" :chuckle

    Also, most of the questions asked for the MOST APPROPRIATE INITIAL reaction. So, keep in mind your ABC's always. Read the questions really thoroughly. Many of our practice tests ask "which requires further teaching to the client". Most of the questions I had were "which answer shows the client understood", which is directly the opposite of everything that I ever did on the practice tests!

    That is the most important advice I can give you. READ the questions first. Then, read it again and break it down into little pieces, emphazing whether you need a "further teaching" or "client understands" type answer. I will also tell you that it is VERY easy to do process of elimination if you really take the time to read each answer one at a time WITH the question. You will see very quickly what makes sense and what doesn't.

    The other thing? While driving to your test...make a CD of great music that soothes and relaxes you. Take a bottle of water to sip on to keep you alert and oxygenated. You CANNOT take the water into the test area with you. Actually, the only thing you can bring is your drivers license and your key to your locker. I had my asthma inhaler with me (I tend to get attacks this time of year) and I had to leave it in my locker! No exceptions! My test center supplies you with earplugs, tissues and hand sanitizer, if you need it.

    It was VERY warm in the room too. You can't bring a coat or sweater in with you if it is chilly. You can take a break whenever you want...but it counts against your test time! Keep that in mind. I didn't take a break because I just wanted OUT! :roll

    My mind is mush right now. I am so tired I can't even see straight. It's one of those...whew it's over type of feelings...and I know I am done studying. Now comes the fun part! WAITING!!!!!!!!!

    Hopefully I will be back here in two days with good news!

    Let me know if these tips helped you or not! Best thing to do is just STAY calm. It's really not that bad. Don't let it intimidate you!

    Cher.
  2. by   ak09
    Quote from Cherybaby
    Hey Everyone!

    Just got back from the testing center. (It is nearly 2 hours away from my house!) I went in at 8:45 and walked out by 10:15. Test shut off at 85 questions. LOTS of meds. One math fill in the blank calculation. Some prioritizing. A lot of psych nursing too! Study those psych meds, Kids! Have to know side effects of them. Lots of diabetes questions. But, it was mostly meds. (Diabetes, cardiac, psych and pulmonary).

    I have to admit, I feel pretty confident that I passed. Wow, won't it suck for me if I didn't!

    I felt the test was pretty easy. BUT...that can mean one of two things. Either:

    A) It was easy for me because I was well prepared and that is why it shut off at 85.

    or...

    B) I did so poorly, that is why I felt the questions were easy. They never advanced in difficulty. Therefore , the test shut off at 85.

    I am hoping it is "A" :chuckle

    Also, most of the questions asked for the MOST APPROPRIATE INITIAL reaction. So, keep in mind your ABC's always. Read the questions really thoroughly. Many of our practice tests ask "which requires further teaching to the client". Most of the questions I had were "which answer shows the client understood", which is directly the opposite of everything that I ever did on the practice tests!

    That is the most important advice I can give you. READ the questions first. Then, read it again and break it down into little pieces, emphazing whether you need a "further teaching" or "client understands" type answer. I will also tell you that it is VERY easy to do process of elimination if you really take the time to read each answer one at a time WITH the question. You will see very quickly what makes sense and what doesn't.

    The other thing? While driving to your test...make a CD of great music that soothes and relaxes you. Take a bottle of water to sip on to keep you alert and oxygenated. You CANNOT take the water into the test area with you. Actually, the only thing you can bring is your drivers license and your key to your locker. I had my asthma inhaler with me (I tend to get attacks this time of year) and I had to leave it in my locker! No exceptions! My test center supplies you with earplugs, tissues and hand sanitizer, if you need it.

    It was VERY warm in the room too. You can't bring a coat or sweater in with you if it is chilly. You can take a break whenever you want...but it counts against your test time! Keep that in mind. I didn't take a break because I just wanted OUT! :roll

    My mind is mush right now. I am so tired I can't even see straight. It's one of those...whew it's over type of feelings...and I know I am done studying. Now comes the fun part! WAITING!!!!!!!!!

    Hopefully I will be back here in two days with good news!

    Let me know if these tips helped you or not! Best thing to do is just STAY calm. It's really not that bad. Don't let it intimidate you!

    Cher.
    Hi Cher, glad to hear you had a good one.
    it's nice to get someone who is confident when they come out, I always read the threads that say OH MY GOD IV'E FAILED or IT WAS SOOOOO HARD.
    good luck for thursday

    Ang x
  3. by   kemerick
    I'm glad you feel good about it. Just like the previous post, it is a downer when you hear about everyone walking out in dismay that it was the hardest thing they ever took. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!
  4. by   onduty23
    wish you the best keep us posted
  5. by   lluvsd2
    :roll :Melody: :roll :roll


    I just wanted to say Goodluck and, am really glad that you felt good, at the same time its very refreshing to know =)

    Wish you the best Cher!!!

    See you in 2 days with Good news ( thats the day I get to freak out because its the day before my test)

    LLuvSD2
  6. by   Leilah75_RN
    well done to u and advance congratuations!!!!
  7. by   DolphinRN84
    All the best with your results CherBaby! Let us know when you find out!
  8. by   nxt777
    read your posts and they were very inspirational. i hope you made it... goodluck!
  9. by   angel's RN
    Cerrybabie--How did it go? It is now 4:15 Wed morning, and I'd really like to hear from you. Trust me-- been ther, done that, DON'T want to do it again!!!!!
  10. by   janrette
    nice to hear that u did well, cher!:roll
    just inform when u got ur results... keep praying
  11. by   whirlwind
    hi! have been reading ur posts and it did made me realized how i should see myself after that dreaded nclex-rn i took a few weeks back that until now has no result...i should still be thankful i've gone this far that whatever the outcome will be, i'm still "the nurse" i am at present..
    thanks for the enlightenment..
    keep us all posted of ur result...godbless
  12. by   nadu13
    Wow, ur story is such an inspirational story to me. I graduated Nursing School about 2 yrs ago this coming June and I have taken the NCLEX twice and failed. My last attempt was Oct. if I remember correctly. Since then I have been making all types of excuses of why I haven't taken my test again. I do plan on getting on track this coming Feb. and taking my test b4 the end of May 2007. I really appreciate you posting ur story on here, I am just so moved by it . Definitely want to Congratulate u on making this big move in ur life and I know u pass. Can't wait to hear ur great news!
  13. by   Cherybaby
    i passed!!!!!


    :spin: :roll :d :chuckle :melody: :hatparty:


    officially, nurse cher!!!!

    i am so excited. so excited!!!!

    i love you guys! thank you all so much for your support!!!!!

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