Passed the NCLEX on 1st Try! And you can too! Take Kaplan!

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    Hello All!

    I'm not one for blogging but I remember as I would prepared for the NCLEX, I would stress out and sometimes I just needed some reassurance. This website was very useful and uplifting to me. It is only right that I return to favor by reassuring others!

    So! During nursing school, I stuggled every semester to stay in the program. It wasn't easy. But because I knew how hard nursing school was for me, I knew that I had to study twice as hard and long to be prepared. I decided to enroll into Kaplan, which was the best choice I could have made. I additionally, downloaded the saunders app on my phone.

    [[Sidenote:Saunders focuses on content but Kaplan focuses on critical thinking and applying the content. Saunders came in handy when I forget a certain topic. Also, I had to do ATI tests while I was in school and I would strongly urge you not to waste your time on it because Kaplan is exactly the same format as the NCLEX and it prepares you better.]]

    Now, to the dreaded scores!! While doing the Qbank questions for Kaplan, I would get really discouraged because my scores ranged from high 40s to high 60s. The following are my scores:

    Q1: 58%
    Q2: 50%
    Q3: 64%
    Q4: 54%
    Q5: 60%
    Q6: 50%
    Q7: 64%
    Q8: 58%
    Q9: 54%
    Q10: 46%
    Q11: 62%
    Q12: 58%
    Q13: 60%
    Q14: 66%
    Q15: 60%
    Q16: 62%
    Q17: 54%
    Q18: 50%
    Q19: 60%
    Q20: 60%
    Q21: 56%
    Q22: 54%
    Q23: 54%
    Q24: 58%
    Q25: 62%
    Sample Test 1: 46%
    Sample Test 2: 44%
    Sample Test 3: 77%
    Diagnostic: 49% << I rushed
    Trainer 1: 49% << I rushed
    Trainer 2: 52% << I rushed
    Trainer 3: 57%
    Trainer 4: 51%
    Trainer 5: 57%
    Trainer 6: 64%
    Trainer 7: My brain was too fried to take it.

    As you can see, I made the 65% mark like one time, which at the time made me feel a lack of confidence. However, I kept at it and I completed everything! (minus trainer 7). I watched all the videos, I did all the questions and I read every single rationale. If you do your part then the odds are in your favor. Don't wait until the last minute! Study for ATLEAST two weeks in advance! I studied for a month and a half. They say do 150 questions a day but there were days when my brain just couldn't do it! Sometimes I would do 50, 100, 200, 250 a day. I realized that if I do lots of question when I just can't take it, my mind won't focus anyway. And every once in a while, I just took the day off. But that's me!

    The day of the exam, I took a deep breath, said a prayer, and took the test that I knew I was prepared for. Although, there will also be doubt in the back of your head, you still feel at peace knowing that you did everything that you could do. [I realized while taking the exam that Kaplan was slightly harder than the NCLEX. That's another reason why you shouldn't beat yourself up about your scores]. My computer shut off at 75 questions. I checked to see if I had gotten the "good pop up" and I did!! Two days later my quick results said that I passed!!

    To God be all the glory!! I would be nothing without Him!

    YOU CAN DO IT!!
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  3. 5 Comments so far...

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    congrats!!!!
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    That was a very inspirational post. And Congratulations on passing
  6. 0
    Good job, congrats ... I will have my boards soon iam so stresss
  7. 0
    Congrats you rock!
  8. 0
    congrats!


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