Trick questions?

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    If there are no "trick questions" on NCLEX why are we not allowed to see our score or review the questions we got wrong? Is the NCLEX all knowing, all seeing, smoke blowing wizard behind the curtain not interested in us bettering our knowledge and skills or grinding our attitudes into dirt?

    I find that I learn from my mistakes.
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    Not sure if I can explain it well enough, but I'll give it a try. To pass the NCLEX, you aren't merely answering questions as 'right' and 'wrong'. Questions fall into different levels; at some point in your exam you will have a greater number at or above the passing standard than not (and you pass) or your test questions tend to fall more often below the passing standard (and you fail).

    You might be getting a bunch of questions wrong, questions that are rated as 'above' the passing standard. But you didn't get them correct....so it kept dropping you further and further below, to give you questions you DID get correct, but were still too far below the standard to pass.

    It's a computerized scoring, that grades based on what LEVEL of question you were getting right (and wrong). Simply telling you that you got Question #100 wrong won't tell you much, if that question was so far above the standard it didn't matter if you got it wrong. Same if you got Question #200 right: ok, you got it right....but it was so far below passing standard, IT didn't matter either. It was too easy, so not a passing-level question.

    Something to keep in mind, too, is that on EVERY exam, there are a certain number of questions that are known as 'pilot' questions: these are questions that DO NOT COUNT in your score. You might get them all right, or all wrong. Doesn't matter. They are there to be gauged as to whether they might be appropriate to use in future tests, as 'real' questions. So, again, telling you what is right or wrong in all your answering won't do much to help you study if you failed, and it's irrelevant if you passed.

    Does this help explain the Wizard?
    CruzanNurseRN, madel0119, GrnTea, and 6 others like this.
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    I think you can request to see your questions. It's something like challenging the nclex and it cost around 400 but I've heard it doesn't help because you'll never see those questions again
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    NCLEX would be useless if you got to see the questions you got wrong. Everybody would post all the questions they got wrong on the internet and all you have to do would be memorize the answers to the questions.
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    Quote from 2013rn2BScorpio
    I think you can request to see your questions. It's something like challenging the nclex and it cost around 400 but I've heard it doesn't help because you'll never see those questions again
    Not exactly. You may have the opportunity to challenge an item or items if permitted by your board of nursing. Not all BoN regulations permit such challenge. The fee varies by number of items challenged (and only if you failed the exam) if successfully challenged the review fee is refunded.

    Do candidates have an option to challenge items on the exam that they do not believe were valid?

    Candidates who applied for licensure in jurisdictions where boards of nursing authorized the Review and Challenge* may participate in the process. The Review and Challenge process allows candidates to review the items in question with a representative from their state board. Once a Review and Challenge is initiated, NCSBN staff will conduct content review of the items in question and determine validity of the candidate’s assertion. *Canadian regulatory bodies do not participate in the Review and Challenge process.
    Source: https://m.ncsbn.org/2321.htm
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    Why isn't the NCLEX based on 75 questions (15 pilot & 60 questions that are scored)? If you go pass the 75 mark and run out of time before reaching 265 the score is only based on the last 60 questions. That just doesn't seem fair to me when the test taker has got down to #242 or so and runs out of time it seems the score should be based on the complete test questions covered not the last 60. As you can guess, this was my dilemma. According to the results, I was near the passing grade on all areas except one and over the passing grade on it. I ran out of time on question 242 so when the computer calculated the last 60 I didn't meet the standard so I failed. Again, why not just let 75 questions be the limit if only the last 60 determine pass or fail?
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    Dbrenda1510 My mom just mentioned that same exact concept to me last night and I was like WOW I never looked at it like that
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    It's not that simple. If you are hovering near the passing standard and run out of time they statistically only look at the last sixty questions as the ones prior to the last 60 questions did not meet or exceed the passing standard with statistical certainty. If you run out of questions (get to 265) at or before the maximum time the system looks at all responses to determine if you meet or exceed the passing standards in all areas with statistical certainty.

    If you finish in 159 questions all responses are considered in the statistical analysis.
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    Quote from Don1984
    NCLEX would be useless if you got to see the questions you got wrong. Everybody would post all the questions they got wrong on the internet and all you have to do would be memorize the answers to the questions.
    And I'm shocked I didn't think of that myself! But you are absolutely correct. Although the problem that I outlined in my post would still exist: no one would know if they were memorizing questions that were above the passing standard...or below. And who on earth is going to memorize a bank of a few thousand questions??

    Be easier, at that point, to just study, learn what you need to learn, and pass next time
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    The NCLEX does not have any trick questions. It is to assess if a nurse has minimal passing standards, not to broaden your knowledge. That is what nursing school was for.
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