Taking NC1 exam this thursday.

  1. Hi every one. I was just wondering how many questions are ob the exams? Are they like the NCLEX where it varies depending on your replies? I have no idea what to expect and I'm getting a little nervous. Also are there any yahoo study groups you wouild suggest I look into as far as files to study and read through? Thanks. Jackie
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  3. by   Laurie888
    The last few I took were 160 questions each. It doesn't adjust based on your replies, not at all. I took a couple that were 120, but I don't remember which they were. If you can affford the practice exams, they really are great not just for finding your weak areas but for giving you an excellent idea of what kind of questions are on the exam. I found it also helped me to know how to approach the question, as they give good and thorough rationales. T

    I'd look into ALL the files on the sites, they are also very helpful.


    Quote from BikerNRS
    Hi every one. I was just wondering how many questions are ob the exams? Are they like the NCLEX where it varies depending on your replies? I have no idea what to expect and I'm getting a little nervous. Also are there any yahoo study groups you wouild suggest I look into as far as files to study and read through? Thanks. Jackie
  4. by   Jo Dirt
    I took NC 1 recently, and I believe there were 130 questions. I also believe there were 130 questions on NC 3. NC 4 had 160 questions.
    Just use your common sense, some of the questions may seem difficult initially but when you slow down to think about them they will actually be quite obvious.
    I'm looking forward to finishing up soon. You wish me luck and I'll do the same for you!
  5. by   Jo Dirt
    Also, I haven't used any of the study groups on yahoo or any other study groups, though that might have made the difference between a B and an A.I've made B's on all my Excelsior exams so far, but thank goodness I took most all of my general ed. classes locally and made A's so that pulls my grade up too.
    Again, good luck. This is exciting!
  6. by   JKohler
    Quote from LPNtoRN
    Also, I haven't used any of the study groups on yahoo or any other study groups, though that might have made the difference between a B and an A.I've made B's on all my Excelsior exams so far, but thank goodness I took most all of my general ed. classes locally and made A's so that pulls my grade up too.
    Again, good luck. This is exciting!
    Thanks for the information. I went ahead and registered for the NC1 practice exams on the Excelsior site. Took one tonight and passed. The score could've been a little higher; I may have been reading into the questions. When I read through the rationales again I noticed a bad habit of mine...not reading through all the answers. I will have to make sure I don't make that mistake on the real exam. I mean we are talkin $205 bucks. Good luck to you as well.
  7. by   JKohler
    Quote from Laurie888
    The last few I took were 160 questions each. It doesn't adjust based on your replies, not at all. I took a couple that were 120, but I don't remember which they were. If you can affford the practice exams, they really are great not just for finding your weak areas but for giving you an excellent idea of what kind of questions are on the exam. I found it also helped me to know how to approach the question, as they give good and thorough rationales. T

    I'd look into ALL the files on the sites, they are also very helpful.
    Thanks. nontraditional nurses study group on Yahoo is wonderful, it has some great study notes.
  8. by   kesneysmom
    Quote from BikerNRS
    Hi every one. I was just wondering how many questions are ob the exams? Are they like the NCLEX where it varies depending on your replies? I have no idea what to expect and I'm getting a little nervous. Also are there any yahoo study groups you wouild suggest I look into as far as files to study and read through? Thanks. Jackie

    It really isnt that bad if you studied. Keep us posted. I took it and made a B. The first few question I was so nervous I couldn't think straight but you have plenty of time just take some deep breaths I took it in November. I take NC2 on saturday I am already a nervous wreck. I just get that way. Once I am in there testing I calm down and dig in. Again, Good Luck!!
  9. by   JKohler
    I passed NC1. It wasn't as bad as I thought. It wasactually easier tahn the practice exams I took. I'm so relieved, now it's on th NC2 in 8 weeks!!
  10. by   Jo Dirt
    Quote from BikerNRS
    I passed NC1. It wasn't as bad as I thought. It wasactually easier tahn the practice exams I took. I'm so relieved, now it's on th NC2 in 8 weeks!!
    I was wondering how you did. I took NC 5 last night and bombed it. Made a D. It wasn't really surprising, I shouldn't try to make excuses but I've been feeling burned out and depressed again lately, haveing a whole lot of trouble concentrating and I think my Lexapro isn't working as good as it used to.
    The testing man knew it wasn't good when I walked out and said "I should have stayed home tonight"...:stone
    Went ahead and signed up for NC 2 today, even though I am not feeling like I can study any better for that than I did NC 5 (I waited until Wednesday night to go through the study guide). Didn't know enough about fluids and electrolytes and the renal system. Bright side is that I know exactly what to study now...
  11. by   JKohler
    [QUOTE=LPNtoRN]I was wondering how you did. I took NC 5 last night and bombed it. Made a D. It wasn't really surprising, I shouldn't try to make excuses but I've been feeling burned out and depressed again lately, haveing a whole lot of trouble concentrating and I think my Lexapro isn't working as good as it used to.
    The testing man knew it wasn't good when I walked out and said "I should have stayed home tonight"...:stone
    Went ahead and signed up for NC 2 today, even though I am not feeling like I can study any better for that than I did NC 5 (I waited until Wednesday night to go through the study guide). Didn't know enough about fluids and electrolytes and the renal system. Bright side is that I know exactly what to study now...[/QUOTE ]


    Reply from BikerNRS.............How'd I do that?
    How much studying and time are you taking with each exam? I've decided to give myself 8 weeks each. I get the content guide and figure out exactly how many pages I need to read out of all the required books each day. I do this reading 5 days a week ( weekends a no-go) 12 hr shifts no time. So far it's only been about 20-25 pages a day. Enough to keep me busy for at least 4 hrs/day reading and taking notes. SO far it' seem to work but then again I have only taken one exam.. I still have time to play if needed, movie e.t.c. Hang in there.
    Last edit by JKohler on Jan 29, '05 : Reason: Don't know how I got on to your reply to me?
  12. by   eborgelt
    Congrats on passing NC1. I take it tomorrow morning at 9am. Nervous, but hopefully all will go well.
  13. by   jnette
    [QUOTE=BikerNRS]
    Quote from LPNtoRN
    How much studying and time are you taking with each exam? I've decided to give myself 8 weeks each. I get the content guide and figure out exactly how many pages I need to read out of all the required books each day. I do this reading 5 days a week ( weekends a no-go) 12 hr shifts no time. So far it's only been about 20-25 pages a day. Enough to keep me busy for at least 4 hrs/day reading and taking notes. SO far it' seem to work but then again I have only taken one exam.. I still have time to play if needed, movie e.t.c. Hang in there.
    I think you're being wise. I did the same.. allowed myself 6-8 weeks, regardless. I was in no hurry and I know myself well enough to know that I need plenty of time to thoroughly digest the material in order to retain it.

    The last week or so I would spend just going over all my own notes I made as I went along.. all the really important stuff. I categorized my notes as I studied.. according to material, etc. and then just hammered away at these for a week or more before I went to take my exams.

    Seems to me that nearly all my NC exams were 160 questions each.. but that was two and a half years ago. I do remember my neck being quite stiff from sitting there so long in front of that computer, all rigid with tension...

    So glad all that is behind me !

    Wish you guys the best !
  14. by   Jo Dirt
    I am starting to wonder if I am bipolar or something. At the end of November I finally got up the nerve to take NC 1 and, using the EC study guides I spent about a week studying. It felt so good to see a B on that test I went wild, I took A&P two weeks later and made a B. Then a week later I took Microbiology and made a B, then a week after that I took NC 3, made a B. Then a week and a half later NC 4. Made a B.
    I was high as a kite and full of enthusiasm and energy at first but after NC 4 I started to feel like I was losing steam. To be honest, I fiddled around and didn't study at all for NC 5. I just could not get motivated, and my concentration level was nil. Looking back it really isn't a hard test, but if you don't go over your fluids and electrolytes, the renal system and the psychiatric disorders in the study guide you may as well stay home, because they ask some pretty detailed questions on that test.

    Talk about embarrassing. I am a hero where I work, because there are several poor girls there who have been struggling to pass their tests, two of them have failed recently and I am letting them use the notes I made for myself when I was studying. Now I have to face them and tell them I'm really just a big loser.

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