Stay Encouraged and Have Faith in Yourself

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    Hello,

    I am new to posting on this forum but not new in reading it. This site has given me courage and hope especially the days before my nclex-rn exam. I felt that I'd give someone out there some words of encouragement.

    My graduation date is a little bit funky. I was finished with school Aug. 16th but technically graduated Oct. 14 this year. My school had us pay for Kaplan (sneaking it into tuition) but I don't regret that. My kaplan course was supposed to be the week of Aug. 16th but was pushed back to Sept.9 -13th. So I truly had no motivation to study because in my mind I had to wait to take my exit exam through Kaplan, which was Sept. 13. On top of that, I worked. My husband and I struggled financially and with blessings here and there and working our butts off at our jobs, we were able to save up so that I may register for my exam.

    I studied off and on from Sept 14th and finally got serious about 2 and half weeks ago when I realized that time is ticking and I held the key to my success. In those weeks I did Kaplan every single day and when I say a drag, I was dragging my tail to study. I became so tired of the same ol' routine everyday but I knew that I had to do it. I studied about 8-10 hours a day with no day off until the day before my exam. I did Kaplan's program with the question trainers and the qbanks. Don't burn yourself out. If I could change things I would have taken another day off during the week. I felt like my studying became counter productive and then I was back tracking. This increased my anxiety level before the exam.

    Exam day, I was nervous that I was sweaty on my body. I was extremely tired since I could not sleep that night. I knew that I had to calm down and wake up so before I went in to the testing room, I went to the bathroom to compose myself and make sure that my IBS wasn't going to get in the way . I sat down and midway through my exam I had to use the bathroom again OMG. So long story short, I had 75 questions about 2.5 hours and results on HOLD!! I took the exam Nov. 2 at 3pm and last night I recieved the good pop up while on the toilet because my IBS started acting up when I saw that I was able to review my unofficial results .

    The point is just have faith in your abilities. Sometimes we doubt ourselves and if we go in thinking that we will FAIL then we will FAIL. Positive self talk is such a powerful tool. If you put in the work then you deserve nothing but the best. I struggle with esteem issues but because I constantly tell myself I will make it, I proclaimed it and it happened.

    To those who were successful, congrats and this is only the beginning.

    For those who were unsuccessful, this is not the end for you. If you desire to help people and feel that it is a calling for you, then don't quit. It is hard to start back up after all of the hard work you have done and I can not relate to your pain but I can be a person who can give you inspiration and uplift your spirits when you need it. I love people and my goal is to help so I figured that I'd give some encouragement to you all.

    May your journey be blessed.
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    Thanks so much for sharing this. I really needed it. CONGRATULATIONS
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    Anytime my dear and Congrats in advance if not already!
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    Lakendra how did you feel about kaplans questions I am doing the same routine you were doing and I was just wondering how similar to Kaplan is nclex and do you have a made up example of how
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    Forgot to quote you
    Last edit by Kenaboo06 on Nov 7, '13 : Reason: Update
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    Quote from keyann87
    Lakendra how did you feel about kaplans questions I am doing the same routine you were doing and I was just wondering how similar to Kaplan is nclex and do you have a made up example of how
    Kaplan's questions will help you develop the necessary critical thinking. In my opinion, they were not similar. Remember NCLEX is computer adaptive and it depends on how you are doing. If you find yourself being lost, just go to the strategies you've learned with Kaplan and trust that they work. If you didn't use the strategies, stick with the way you've been answering questions on Kaplan. I struggled because while taking the exam I was guessing the level of difficulty of the exam instead of focusing on each question as I got it. I can't really get into detail about the questions but what I can suggest is be prepared as best as you can. You are not going to know everything and that's fine, that's why Kaplan helps with the criticial thinking so you can think your way through something you have no idea about. Don't over do it because it will be counterproductive.
    You got this and keep pushing through until the end my friend Please keep me updated!
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    Hi Lakendra first of all Congratulationsss. Thank you for all the information you share with us. Im taking my exam in two weeks from now, and I'm sooo nervous. I'm doing Kaplan questions and Saunder, can you share your exam trainer's scores?? I just want to have an idea how I'm doing. So far my scores are between 58 and 65% and I'm afraid that those scores are not enough. Thank you for everything.
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    Posted below
    Last edit by Kenaboo06 on Nov 8, '13 : Reason: Update
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    Quote from maidoly88
    Hi Lakendra first of all Congratulationsss. Thank you for all the information you share with us. Im taking my exam in two weeks from now, and I'm sooo nervous. I'm doing Kaplan questions and Saunder, can you share your exam trainer's scores?? I just want to have an idea how I'm doing. So far my scores are between 58 and 65% and I'm afraid that those scores are not enough. Thank you for everything.
    Thank you and sure I will post them below.

    Question Trainers:

    1. 60.%
    2. 66.7%
    3. 65%
    4. 67.3%
    5. 62.3%
    6. 60%
    7. 61%

    Sample Tests:
    1. 60%
    2. 74%
    3. 93.3% Priority
    4. 40% SATA

    Qbank average 60-65%
    Sometimes I got low 50s to high 50s as well but on average in the 60s.

    kaplan recommends that you get 65% on QT 1-5 and 60% on QT 6 and 7.
    What exacly are your trainer scores?
    From the range of 58 - 65% seems good just make sure to see what topics you are struggling with to at least have an idea abut it.

    I suck at SATA and I had a ton of those questions maybe 20-25 and I still passed so don't freak out. Trust the process with Kaplan.


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