NCLEX RN; the day and the preparation - Foreign Grad - page 2

Just a little warning to you guys now, this will be a long post about my NCLEX RN day and preparation. The day before the exam I just relaxed. I didn't think about content, no Q&A, no reading. I... Read More

  1. by   Kuyafern
    thank you and congrats to you aswell!! I read your post and thought you took the boards on the 7th as well. hehe.
  2. by   Kuyafern
    Quote from JimmaAmasa
    Congrat's! i also graduated march of 2012 but had issues with the california board of nursing since i'm also a foreign grad from the philippines...i took the PN yesterday and got a good pop up so btw which state did you take your boards need help on what state to apply. thanks!!!
    I applied for AK. I can't suggest on what states you should apply to since its hard to apply to a state that we don't know nothing about and then look for a job there, but I would recommend in researching on states you wish to apply to. and remember even though you will be licensed in another state and endorse back to california, the BRN will still evaluate your papers.
  3. by   freezy
    Congrats.
  4. by   Dajugama
    Congrats Kabayan!
  5. by   stalkgoretti
    Hello kuya fern I'm from California too and i'm planning to take my nclex-rn on the 30th of this month. I graduated in the Philippines like you. I wanted to ask what is the trend of the BRN this month. If what topic did the focus on. I honestly not sure if i'm ready to take the nclex due to lack of time. I used KAPLAN, EXAM CRAM and PDA as my review materials, nothing else. Do you think its enough?? Oh btw aside from that i keep reviewing my local board notes. Hope to gear from you
  6. by   Kuyafern
    Quote from stalkgoretti
    Hello kuya fern I'm from California too and i'm planning to take my nclex-rn on the 30th of this month. I graduated in the Philippines like you. I wanted to ask what is the trend of the BRN this month. If what topic did the focus on. I honestly not sure if i'm ready to take the nclex due to lack of time. I used KAPLAN, EXAM CRAM and PDA as my review materials, nothing else. Do you think its enough?? Oh btw aside from that i keep reviewing my local board notes. Hope to gear from you
    what do you mean "trend of the BRN of this month."? NCLEX wise or application wise? if you're asking about the exam, um basically you're given a pool of 2000 questions with all content ranging from management of care, pharma, basic care and comfort, health promotion and maintenance etc. and during your exam you will be given 265 questions within the 2000 questions. You won't get all 265 questions if you manage to answer above the passing line and may stop 75. but a person who answers below the passing line can also stop at 75 but the results won't be as good.

    Like what I stated, I focused on EVERYTHING. and I mean focused on Content, i was horrible in content back in college but I read the Saunders 5th edition from cover to cover from authors notes till the last test assessment of the book. A lot people have been asking me on what they should focus on, but honestly I really can't assess an examinees weakness. I can tell you to read this and focus on this but the exam itself is unpredictable. Some have gotten 30 SATA and I was given only 7-9 SATA, some had no drag and drop and I had 1 and calculations. Though everyone does get different types of questions, I've read around that if you get majority of questions that may be management, prioritization and SATA you're in good track. Just dont get questions asking you what position would you place a post op liver biopsy patient. Now that is basic content.

    Another thing, I would suggest not to tackle the NCLEX like how we were taught how to tackle the NLE in the philippines. The two are completely different.

    Take some assessment exams within those reviewers your taking and see what your weakness is. If you have a category in Kaplan that is lower than 65 percent I would recommend brush up on that portion. You can never really know when youre ready but I noticed that I was improving once I saw my scores in Kaplan online review. Do Question and Answers too! Probably 75 or more a day. and I mean 7 days a week and don't stop. and go over the ratio.
  7. by   stalkgoretti
    Quote from Kuyafern
    what do you mean "trend of the BRN of this month."? NCLEX wise or application wise? if you're asking about the exam, um basically you're given a pool of 2000 questions with all content ranging from management of care, pharma, basic care and comfort, health promotion and maintenance etc. and during your exam you will be given 265 questions within the 2000 questions. You won't get all 265 questions if you manage to answer above the passing line and may stop 75. but a person who answers below the passing line can also stop at 75 but the results won't be as good.

    Like what I stated, I focused on EVERYTHING. and I mean focused on Content, i was horrible in content back in college but I read the Saunders 5th edition from cover to cover from authors notes till the last test assessment of the book. A lot people have been asking me on what they should focus on, but honestly I really can't assess an examinees weakness. I can tell you to read this and focus on this but the exam itself is unpredictable. Some have gotten 30 SATA and I was given only 7-9 SATA, some had no drag and drop and I had 1 and calculations. Though everyone does get different types of questions, I've read around that if you get majority of questions that may be management, prioritization and SATA you're in good track. Just dont get questions asking you what position would you place a post op liver biopsy patient. Now that is basic content.

    Another thing, I would suggest not to tackle the NCLEX like how we were taught how to tackle the NLE in the philippines. The two are completely different.

    Take some assessment exams within those reviewers your taking and see what your weakness is. If you have a category in Kaplan that is lower than 65 percent I would recommend brush up on that portion. You can never really know when youre ready but I noticed that I was improving once I saw my scores in Kaplan online review. Do Question and Answers too! Probably 75 or more a day. and I mean 7 days a week and don't stop. and go over the ratio.

    Thank you so much for the tips. I've been practicing questions in Exam Cram 2013 and Kaplan 2013 since I don't any access to online review. Have you use those books?? Do you think its sufficient?
  8. by   PatMac10,RN
    Quote from stalkgoretti

    Thank you so much for the tips. I've been practicing questions in Exam Cram 2013 and Kaplan 2013 since I don't any access to online review. Have you use those books?? Do you think its sufficient?
    Exam Cram is Phenomenal!
  9. by   stalkgoretti
    Quote from PatMac10,SN
    Exam Cram is Phenomenal!
    Srsly?? The book says I must get a minimum score of 77% and I think my lowest were 60%. I'm having hard time in Cardiovascular. What would you suggest??
  10. by   PatMac10,RN
    Quote from stalkgoretti

    Srsly?? The book says I must get a minimum score of 77% and I think my lowest were 60%. I'm having hard time in Cardiovascular. What would you suggest??
    The rationales are the Key! Reading those rationales and reading through them is what improves your thinking process.
  11. by   Kuyafern
    Quote from stalkgoretti
    Thank you so much for the tips. I've been practicing questions in Exam Cram 2013 and Kaplan 2013 since I don't any access to online review. Have you use those books?? Do you think its sufficient?
    Well everyone has a different method as to how they prepare for the exam, you just need to review at a pace you are comfortable with. Is there a CD Rom with the 2013 kaplan book? cause I had the 2012 kaplan green book and it has a CD ROM. I believe it may give you some access to some online questions. But I am not sure about the 2013 version.

    I am not familiar with Exam Cram, though I know a few who has used that reviewer and saw it very helpful when they were preparing.

    When doing practice questions try to relax and apply the decision tree kaplan provided. Steps 1-5, don't rush and just relax. When you take your exam apply all of these strategies and other strategies you are comfortable using. Have a rest day before your exam. I hope you find some of my suggestions helpful. =)
  12. by   souleater11
    Quote from stalkgoretti
    Hello kuya fern I'm from California too and i'm planning to take my nclex-rn on the 30th of this month. I graduated in the Philippines like you. I wanted to ask what is the trend of the BRN this month. If what topic did the focus on. I honestly not sure if i'm ready to take the nclex due to lack of time. I used KAPLAN, EXAM CRAM and PDA as my review materials, nothing else. Do you think its enough?? Oh btw aside from that i keep reviewing my local board notes. Hope to gear from you
    hi stalk, what state are you applying for?

    Are you denied in BON Calif?
  13. by   nes09
    hi kuyafern! congrats ima glad i read your post. knowing you were educated in baguio like i was, it gave me more encouragement.
    i'm a graduate of 2011 and took the june nclex. i reviewed 3months full time. I used saunders , read it from cover to cover( but wasnt able to finish the cd--only 550 questions) plus i purhcased NCSBN online review because it was cheaper than the rest. unfortunately got my results, i failed. honeslty i think i was ill-prepared. i also think i didnt answer enuf questions.
    after having difficulty applying for the exam as a foreign nurse (same problems u encountered with prep papers in PI), i was so frustrated to fail. I will be taking it again on november and the advices you gave here will sure be very much helpful.
    Kaplan and hurst is a bit pricey for my budget, do you think it is a must to get these in order for a sure pass?
    thanks again for the posts you've written here , Godbless indeed

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