First I want to say hi, because this is my first time using the forum. I have read a lot of your postings and I want to congratulate those that have passed! I am in desperate need of some guidance. I took the NCLEX-RN today and *know* I failed. I had 265 questions. I keep hearing of people who passed but then I keep hearing of more people who have failed with 265 questions. I felt stupid the entire time! I couldn't breathe and was so nervous when I just kept seeing those numbers go up that I am sure that i didn't concentrate as well as I should have. I have been sick all day and in the fetal position. I can't think... sleep... or even function
I do not remember the last question I had and I can't remember whether I got it right or wrong. Is the success of a 265 question exam REALLY based on only the last question???? Please help... 265/pass or 265/fail... or just anyone willing to help out. Thanks and Happy Valentine's day!
Feb 14, '05
relax & take a deep breath. now that you've done that...go get yourself some sort of snack/treat. now you've done that...
onto your question. as i understand it, if one takes the entire 265 questions on nclex-rn, the machine wasn't completely sure if you were above the minimum competency level. that's a good thing cause it continued to give you chances to prove yourself.
now as far as getting the last question correct & passing/failing is all based on the level of competency that question was. for example....if you were above the minimum competency at the last question & got that answer correct or wrong...it's my understanding that you pass. if however, the last question is below the competency level & you got that correct or incorrect...you failed. it's totally based on how you'd answered the last minimum competency level question. that could have come at question #263...but because you stayed within the starting medium level...the computer continued to give you questions.
my understanding is that the computer is adaptive designed...it gives you questions based on how you answered previous ones. it's designed to bump-up the level of difficulty each time you've mastered a particular level question. it also likes to see strings of correct answers as well. now what typically happens with people who take the entire test is that they start answering questions correctly...then start missing a bunch....then start getting a bunch correct again. this goes on most of their test....hence them teetering along the starting medium level questions. the idea that the test seems very hard is a good one cause that means you've been getting the harder ones that require assessment skills & critical thinking. those questions that don't present the obvious answers are the types the computer looks for to see how the perspective nsg will process. those questions often times will give little information to see if the nsg knows they'll have to either do further assessing before implementing safely. that's why you'll see a lot of priority & delegation questions & less recall or comprehension type questions like those you've received in school.
anyhoo....the thing to do now is just relax...don't beat yourself up...& try to do something that you've put off while studying. treat yourself for you deserve it!
hope this helps ~ cheers!
Last edit by SKM-NURSIEPOOH on Feb 19, '05