NCLEX ran out of time...please tell me !!

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    hey guys please help me , i just took my nclex pn and i ran out of time i got to number 186 . please console me. give me some good news please. i cant belive i took five hours
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    Did you get a passing grade? Don't they tell you immediately?
    Wait and see what your result is. Here in NY some nurses pass after taking only 75 questions. I also know nurses who took over 200 and still passed.
    Keeping my fingers crossed for you
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    Don't you have 6 hours to take the NCLEX? I was told that at 75 questions the computer will determine if you're passing or failing. Stopping at 75 questions means that you've done extremely well and you've passed or that you've done extremely poorly and you've failed. The next determination will be made at 135 questions (I think). Same thing, if you're well above the mark, you've passed. If you're well below the mark, then you've failed. You only keep getting questions if you're in the gray area. I guess at 186, the computer made it's decision if it shut off before 6 hours or before you took the entire test. Anyway, it was my understanding that if time ran out, the computer will look at the last questions (about 15) and if you're above the passing line, then you've passed, and if you're below it at that time, then you've failed. That was my understanding. I don't take the NCLEX until next month and the representative from Kaplan explained that to my class. Maybe you can try the Pearson Vue trick that everyone talks about. Everyone seems to say that it works. Good Luck, though.
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    hey thanks for the quick reply i hope i passed i did the kaplan qbank and everything (almost) was on the test so if i passed study that lol
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    See post below.....
    Last edit by Mrs. SnowStormRN on Apr 29, '11 : Reason: Looked up info from PearsonVue website
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    Best wishes. You will have your answer in a few days. Just imagine the olden days 5 tests of 350 questions over 2 day period and you had to wait2-3 months for the results. And it was only offered twice a year. I hope you do well.
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    Wao that was horrible thank you for the best wishes I just don't understand what happens now how do they calculate that I have researched and I still don't get it
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    From another post that I read, I believe there is some confusion. So, did the computer shut off or did you run out of time? The NCLEX-RN is a 6 hour exam, so how did you run out of time in 5 hours? You would have still had an hour left to complete the exam, so I'm thinking the computer "shut down" the examination after it determined that you had passed or failed. If you had a Kaplan representative come to your campus then you probably remember the picture from the presentation of how the determiniation is made. Remember the line. Below the line failing. Above the line passing. It doesn't sound like you ran out of time with 5hours....Good luck, though.
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    Mine stopped at 107 and it took I think 3-4 hours..or it FELT like 4 hours... I passed..first try. *hugs*
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    Quote from aka_glamour_pearl
    from another post that i read, i believe there is some confusion. so, did the computer shut off or did you run out of time? the nclex-rn is a 6 hour exam, so how did you run out of time in 5 hours? you would have still had an hour left to complete the exam, so i'm thinking the computer "shut down" the examination after it determined that you had passed or failed. if you had a kaplan representative come to your campus then you probably remember the picture from the presentation of how the determiniation is made. remember the line. below the line failing. above the line passing. it doesn't sound like you ran out of time with 5hours....good luck, though.
    the nclex-pn is 5 hours maximum, minimum 75q's and max is 205. quick results available after 48hrs - but i found some information from the pearsonvue website that answers your question (see scenerio 3):

    nclex pass or fail decision rules
    the decision as to whether a candidate passes or fails the nclex-rn and nclex-pn examination is governed by three different scenarios:
    scenario # 1: the 95% confidence interval rule
    this scenario is the most common for nclex examination candidates. the computer will stop administering items when it is 95% certain
    that the candidate’s ability is either clearly above or clearly below the passing standard.
    scenario #2: maximum-length exam
    some candidate’s ability levels will be very close to the passing standard. when this is the case, the computer continues to administer
    questions until the maximum number of items is reached. at this point, the computer disregards the 95% confidence rule and considers
    only the final ability estimate:
    • if the final ability estimate is above the passing standard, the candidate passes.
    • if the final ability estimate is at or below the passing standard, the candidate fails.
    scenario #3: run-out-of-time rule (r.o.o.t.)
    if a candidate runs out of time before reaching the maximum number of items and the computer has not determined with 95% certainty
    whether the candidate has passed or failed, an alternate criteria is used.
    • if the candidate has not answered the minimum number of required items, the candidate automatically fails.
    • if at least the minimum number of required items were answered, the computer looks at the last 60 ability estimates:


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    if the last 60 ability estimates were consistently above the passing standard, the candidate passes.

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    if the candidate’s ability estimate drops below the passing standard even once over the last 60 items, the examinee fails.

    this does not mean that the candidate must answer the last 60 items correctly. each ability estimate is based upon all previous items
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