Hi. I just graduated in Dec '08 from the local university's 2nd Degree BSN program. I had taken the HESI exit exam for my school 3 times before I passed with an 871 in Nov '08. I took the NCLEX-RN for the first time today at 0800, and I stopped at 120-130 questions. I was really hoping to stop at 75, but that didn't happen.
I realized that now would be a good time to take the NCLEX since I scored high on the Kaplan Diagnostic and Readiness tests, which were 66 and 70 respectively. Mind you though, I took the course again, this time online in November, and I had taken the in-person class in July '08. Luckily though, I didn't remember any of the questions from the Diagnostic/Readiness tests from July, so I felt good.
Now, after taking this test, I really like I failed. I'm a little disappointed that I didn't stop at 75 questions, because overall, I was performing near the passing range for a lot of the 25 ques Quizzes from the Hogan Prentice Hall Comp NCLEX RN CD, and now this. I felt also like I didn't answer the last number of questions correctly.
I'm a little embarrassed. It took me 4 hours to complete this many questions, so nerves were kind of getting in my way. Although, I have to admit, I did sleep well last night. I just overviewed questions y'day morning, and I rested for the rest of the afternoon yesterday.
Now, I'm dreading getting my results, because I have to admit, I rushed a little bit toward the end when I felt like I probably would finish at 265 questions, which actually allowed me to spend at least a minute per questions. *LOL*!
Oh, and overall, I just got a lot of prioritization and drug questions. No calculations. I also didn't get any specific subject..in fact, I got a little bit of everything.
I guess my question is, did anyone experience something similar? I really thought HESI would be harder, but now I find NCLEX harder, but then again, when I got to the prioritization, I just predominantly chose airway problems predominantly over circulation like Kaplan recommended...HESI hardly had any prioritization.
I don't know..sorry, just had to vent. Thanks.