Passed on the 3rd try: don't give up. This is what helped me.

  1. Some of you might recognize me from posting back in February and in May. My NCLEX journey f#$%ing sucked ass, okay. NCLEX sucks, plain and simple. I graduated with a 3.5 in Nursing School and in December of 2016, but I was complete and utter garbage at testing taking because my anxiety is terrible. Lmao, I measured my pulse during an exam once and it was 130. Anyways! NCLEX, my journey, what helped me.

    First time doing NCLEX? February 11th, 2017 All I used was my friend's UWORLD account. It didn't help much at all because I didn't know what I was studying, I was just reading rationale but not actually comprehending it. For me, I needed something more engaging, and UWORLD wasn't the right fit for me. I failed the exam at 80 questions. So I did pretty poorly. That was in February.

    Second time doing NCLEX? May 4th, 2017. I ended up purchasing a **** ton of nursing books, and using Mark Klimek's lectures as well as tons of questions I found online. I purchased UWORLD for myself and tried again. Ended up failing the exam at 265 questions. God, it was terrible. Took me 5.5 hours just to do my exam.

    Third time, September 2nd, 2017. And last time, as of today, the 6th of September. I decided to purchase Hurst Review, it was 300 bucks, I printed out the workbook to save 30 bucks. And I watched all the videos and did about 50 questions a day for a month. And honestly, I didn't do so hot on their two assessment exams? But I still went for the NCLEX September 2nd. The first exam I got a 58/125. Second I got a 70/125. They recommended that you test when you get a 77/125 but I didn't wanna postpone my NCLEX. Sat down for the NCLEX, put on those stupid noise-cancelling earphones, asked them for some earplugs too. I used the earplugs as a stress ball, because they're little and foamy and it helped reduce my anxiety by playing with something in my hands. I stopped at 125 questions and was confused, because I didn't feel like the questions were hard? So I wasn't sure if I failed. I had a 30-question case study I had to do after the exam. So, took me about 2 1/2 hours to completed it. My mom came with me, afterwards, we went out for some authentic ramen and frozen matcha yogurt. And the whole ordeal was almost zen? It was amazing. I did the PVT for the first time, had the good pop up. Which I never tried before for my last two exams.

    Anyways. I'm officially a BSN-RN, in the state of Illinois at 23 years old and couldn't be happier to start my life in the field of my passion: psychiatric nursing!

    Let me know if I can help any of you at all. Don't give up. I needed someone to tell me not to give up, and that was my mom. And it helped so much.
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   nadu13
    Awww congratulations ... you deserve it girlie ... I remember when you posted back in February ... I wish you nothing but success in your new career.
  4. by   hopetopassnclex
    Cogratulations! So please what materials would you say helped you the most this time.
  5. by   Chloe Price
    Quote from nadu13
    Awww congratulations ... you deserve it girlie ... I remember when you posted back in February ... I wish you nothing but success in your new career.
    thank you so much sweetheart and you're gonna kick freaking a$$ at yours.
  6. by   Chloe Price
    Quote from hopetopassnclex
    Cogratulations! So please what materials would you say helped you the most this time.
    hurst hurst hurst hurst! definitely hurst. 300 bucks for the online videos and q bank. the questions legit were the ones on the NCLEX, same stuff i swear, just worded differently. please get hurst and do 50 questions a day and watch their videos and download their pdfs and study from those videos and you'll pass. you will. i'm a sh%t test taker and i did.
  7. by   Hadassah16
    Congrats on a job well done.
  8. by   nadu13
    Quote from Chloe Price
    thank you so much sweetheart and you're gonna kick freaking a$$ at yours.
    Thank you boo
  9. by   hopetopassnclex
    Quote from Chloe Price
    hurst hurst hurst hurst! definitely hurst. 300 bucks for the online videos and q bank. the questions legit were the ones on the NCLEX, same stuff i swear, just worded differently. please get hurst and do 50 questions a day and watch their videos and download their pdfs and study from those videos and you'll pass. you will. i'm a sh%t test taker and i did.
    Thanks a lot. Did your subscription expired before you wrote the nclex or do you still have sometime left, just asking if you can share it with me.
  10. by   Mnm2017
    Congratulations!!!
  11. by   Skyride
    Congratulations! I was a repeat test taker as well, and the pain of defeat just made the taste of victory that much sweeter! Good luck in psych nursing. Very interesting field.
  12. by   Chloe Price
    Quote from hopetopassnclex
    Thanks a lot. Did your subscription expired before you wrote the nclex or do you still have sometime left, just asking if you can share it with me.
    ah i actually gave it to someone already i'm sry!
  13. by   keinahnah
    Congratulations! I will be taking my NCLEX in a week. I'm curious what you did the day before the exam. Did you review more? I, too, have issues with anxiety.
  14. by   Chloe Price
    Quote from keinahnah
    Congratulations! I will be taking my NCLEX in a week. I'm curious what you did the day before the exam. Did you review more? I, too, have issues with anxiety.

    thank you! i never thought i'd get here. thought it would take me 7 times lmao. don't review on the day of the exam, you'll psyche yourself out. you know what you know. i recommend getting their earplugs and using them as mini-stress balls through the exam too. it helps, i promise.

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