NCLEX number of questions-clarification - ALL STUDENTS PLEASE READ - page 4

I teach a semester long course to prep our grads for NCLEX. Please read this entire post carefully. The NCLEX adapts to your skill level. The first questions that are presented are determining... Read More

  1. Visit  DyeRN profile page
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    I am taking my boards next tuesday.I have studied like a mad woman but still scared.I finished the Kaplan online review and keep getting 70 to 79 %.Does anybody know if this is a good score to take the test?please help
  2. Visit  *PICURN* profile page
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    Quote from DyeRN
    I am taking my boards next tuesday.I have studied like a mad woman but still scared.I finished the Kaplan online review and keep getting 70 to 79 %.Does anybody know if this is a good score to take the test?please help
    70-79 is VERY good. Kaplan says if you get 62.3-70% of their questions right you will be in good shape to take the NCLEX. I know 70-79% sounds kinda borderline, but for Kaplan that is good.
  3. Visit  dharma3055 profile page
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    I took the RN test last month and found it became vry very hard. I got 3 calculate questions (fill out) and 2 questions have 2 or 3 answers. I used Mosby books but it did not help me this time. Most priority questions were give 4 different conditions patients, it seems like they are not in urge situation. Also, I met a question about chiropractic.....never read about it. I was really shocked
    by those difficult questions. I think the board has changed the way of the test.
    Other 2 friends took the test the same time with me were met such hard test like mine. All of us took 75 items. I'll change the way to prepare for the RN next time.
  4. Visit  harley_ann profile page
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    [quote=cjmmsn98]hope you all do not mind- i teach a nclex coaching course at the bsn level, and felt like i wanted to tell you about the # of questions you get and what that actually means.

    the nclex adapts to your skill level. the first questions that are presented to you are determining your ability level. once your ability level is determined, the questions are presented in increasing level of difficulty/decreasing difficulty until you have answered enough questions for the computer to determine (with 95% statistical certainty) that you have met the passing standard.

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    please if you don't mind can you help me? i'm an lvn student in tx and i have heard that our ncelx test has changed from multiple choice to fill in the blanck and diagrams that have to be labled since the board have combined and i'm scared to death. i don't know what to expect or what to study.
  5. Visit  mercyteapot profile page
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    Very interesting. I took my boards back in the day when they were boards, plural, and you could just retake those sections of the test that you didn't pass. Paper and pencil, 2 day affairs. Then it took six weeks to find out whether you had passed or failed! I enjoy reading the posts from the new grads who are just starting out.
  6. Visit  cristicdc profile page
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    Hi Catherine,
    I read your e-mail and it seems that you know a lot about this awful exam.I am a RN educated outside US who wants to pass the NCLEX exam. Could you please help me in my process? I graduated in 2001 and I haven't practiced nursing.So basically I have to start from the beggining (especially that my nursing program is so diffrent from the US programs). I will need a list of books which will help me to prepare myself for tis exam.
    Could you please help me?
    Cristian Dan









    QUOTE=cjmmsn98]Hope you all do not mind- I teach a NCLEX coaching course at the BSN level, and felt like I wanted to tell you about the # of questions you get and what that actually means.

    The NCLEX adapts to your skill level. The first questions that are presented to you are determining your ability level. Once your ability level is determined, the questions are presented in increasing level of difficulty/decreasing difficulty until you have answered enough questions for the computer to determine (with 95% statistical certainty) that you have met the passing standard.

    The minimum number of questions you will have is 75 (60 questions plus 15 pilot items). You will not be able to distibguish pilot items from "real" items. SO, if you get 265 items, that means the computer has not yet determined that you have met the passing standard at the 95% confidence level. There is no random number of candidates that get the exam with 265- that is a myth.

    The test is now 6 hours long, and you should take your time. Rushingthrough the questions will most likely lead to failure, because each one you get wrong due to guessing means the next question is easier, and then on and on, until you fail because you are guessing at them all. Take your time to think each question through and choose the best answer.

    If you visit http://wwww.ncsbn.org you will find the explanation of CAT and scoring.

    NCLEX is given throughout the US and its territoiries, so the same format is used and the same question bank is used across the US.

    ANd I have a question for those of you that have recently taken the NCLEX-
    about how many alternate format items did you get, and what type were they? Please email me privately, and thanks!

    Catherine M., MS, RN, NCSN,AE-C[/QUOTE]
  7. Visit  suzanne4 profile page
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    Quote from cristicdc
    Hi Catherine,
    I read your e-mail and it seems that you know a lot about this awful exam.I am a RN educated outside US who wants to pass the NCLEX exam. Could you please help me in my process? I graduated in 2001 and I haven't practiced nursing.So basically I have to start from the beggining (especially that my nursing program is so diffrent from the US programs). I will need a list of books which will help me to prepare myself for tis exam.
    Could you please help me?
    Cristian Dan









    QUOTE=cjmmsn98]Hope you all do not mind- I teach a NCLEX coaching course at the BSN level, and felt like I wanted to tell you about the # of questions you get and what that actually means.

    The NCLEX adapts to your skill level. The first questions that are presented to you are determining your ability level. Once your ability level is determined, the questions are presented in increasing level of difficulty/decreasing difficulty until you have answered enough questions for the computer to determine (with 95% statistical certainty) that you have met the passing standard.

    The minimum number of questions you will have is 75 (60 questions plus 15 pilot items). You will not be able to distibguish pilot items from "real" items. SO, if you get 265 items, that means the computer has not yet determined that you have met the passing standard at the 95% confidence level. There is no random number of candidates that get the exam with 265- that is a myth.

    The test is now 6 hours long, and you should take your time. Rushingthrough the questions will most likely lead to failure, because each one you get wrong due to guessing means the next question is easier, and then on and on, until you fail because you are guessing at them all. Take your time to think each question through and choose the best answer.

    If you visit http://wwww.ncsbn.org you will find the explanation of CAT and scoring.

    NCLEX is given throughout the US and its territoiries, so the same format is used and the same question bank is used across the US.

    ANd I have a question for those of you that have recently taken the NCLEX-
    about how many alternate format items did you get, and what type were they? Please email me privately, and thanks!

    Catherine M., MS, RN, NCSN,AE-C
    [/QUOTE]

    Please take a look under the International section. I think that you will find quite a bit of useful information for you to use.

    For all of my international students I highly recommend the Saunder's review book. I have had excellent results with them using this..............
  8. Visit  ocb_dave_ocb profile page
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    Can you answer a question for me??? Is the kaplan Review something you have to purchase or is online Free.. If so where do i get the link...??
    The online review i have right now is Lippincott's review for the NCLEX-PN
  9. Visit  Fun2, RN, BSN profile page
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    Quote from ocb_dave_ocb
    Can you answer a question for me??? Is the kaplan Review something you have to purchase or is online Free.. If so where do i get the link...??
    The online review i have right now is Lippincott's review for the NCLEX-PN

    I'm pretty sure you have to purchase it, although there is a SMALL practice test available. http://www.kaptest.com.

    Kaplan may also have another website, maybe someone could add to this.
  10. Visit  ocb_dave_ocb profile page
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    Quote from Fun2Care
    I'm pretty sure you have to purchase it, although there is a SMALL practice test available. http://www.kaptest.com.

    Kaplan may also have another website, maybe someone could add to this.

    Hey thanks for the help....
  11. Visit  Fun2, RN, BSN profile page
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    Quote from ocb_dave_ocb
    Hey thanks for the help....
    No problem Good luck!!!!
  12. Visit  suzanne4 profile page
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    Kaplan review is approximately $400 and is available thru their website.
  13. Visit  letina profile page
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    I figured I'd use this for NCLEX prep as these are the guys who write the exam questions, right? Or does anyone know different?

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