I love this thread because I'm in the same position. I totally tanked the practicum and did extremely well on the test. To be honest, I actually tanked on the multiple-choice questions as well.
I was dead tired from work and for some reason I got the highest grade on the essay, demonstrating 100% accuracy in the physiology part. I'm an older student myself and I withdrew to save my GPA so I can get into a nursing school on a later date.
It was good choice for me because I wasn't ready and the test results proved it.
Also the other students just irritated the **** out of me. There's so much competition and not enough collaboration. I thought I was going to get shanked by another classmate because they were med school bound.
Speaking of med school bound kids, I spoke with my primary care physician and she said that those kids who wear pins declaring their medical majors so early on, end up as interior decorators. Burnout (wah-wah)
As for me, I plan on taking it again when I'm in a better headspace and can exercise better discipline with the materials.
For anyone who does fail or is in a similar position, please don't give up. Part of the nursing pre-reqs is psychology and we've all learned that there are all types of learning and circumstances, which affects our ability to succeed.
Sometime you just have to say it was simply kismet; that you didn't do well this time.
But NEXT time, you're going to f*cking kill the exam and blow the professor out of the water.