NLN Results.... - page 42

I took my test on 1/27....I read on here some people are getting their results back in 12 days...well that's today. Does anyone who took their test that day have theirs back? How about those of you... Read More

  1. by   CrimsonAlchemist
    Best I can tell you is study reading comprehension stuff. On my test, there was a lot of "read this and pick the main idea" questions or pick the best title based on the passage. Reading comprehension comes from...reading...also, focus in anatomy/physiology.

    This test is more of an aptitude/problem solving test. There were some questions about electricity and wiring diagrams on mine. I don't know if your will have these as well, but just so you know, there are some rather off the wall questions like that.

    Also, freshen up on your basic math skills and dosage calculations. You can't use a calculator, but you do get scratch paper.
  2. by   sosnowto
    Thanks! My LARGEST concern though is the vocabulary. How can you study efficiently for this? There are SO MANY POSSIBLE WORDS!
  3. by   CrimsonAlchemist
    Vocob...the best I can say for vocabulary is to read. I've read since I was young and I have a strong working knowledge of vocab.

    If it's A&P vocab, study your book. We had some questions like "Cardiology is the study of..."

    If you have problems it general English vocab, the best advice I can give is to read, and try to gain inference skills and learn to glean the meaning of a word from the sentence surrounding it. Context clues, in other words.

    Also, please don't spend the entire next month or so studying. Take some time to do something YOU enjoy. Take breaks during your study time. Some of the other girls in my class studied and studied hard core. I was sure that they would score higher than me. I ended up in the 96th percentile while they were in the 60s or 70s. The problem? They over studied and it all mushed together on the test. Studying is great, but focus on your problem areas, not the overall aspect. That's what I did and it worked for me. =)

    Good luck!!
  4. by   sosnowto
    Thanks!

    I am VERY nervous for this exam. I've been practicing the verbal exams in the RN PRE-NURSING EXAM study guide and so far scoring an 85% on that (155 right out of 180 verbal questions). I'm scoring high 70's on the science, and haven't begun math.

    What state did you take the exam in? I am really hoping for a score that will get me into the program. I've waited too long for this!
  5. by   pc2801
    I took it in March. What I remember about the vocab was having a good knowledge of word origin/roots was helpful in deciphering the words they are asking you.
  6. by   flockyman
    Hi,
    I am very sad today. My composite score was 104. Composite percentile: ALL (59). I studied the NLN study guide which didn't help me atall. All effort seem abortive. Physics and the limited time for English was my weakness. I am taking Chem and AP this summer so that I can screen for Spring 2011 admission. Any advice on what I can do or what kind of book can I study to prepare again.

    Please help me out.
  7. by   CrimsonAlchemist
    Quote from flockyman
    Hi,
    I am very sad today. My composite score was 104. Composite percentile: ALL (59). I studied the NLN study guide which didn't help me atall. All effort seem abortive. Physics and the limited time for English was my weakness. I am taking Chem and AP this summer so that I can screen for Spring 2011 admission. Any advice on what I can do or what kind of book can I study to prepare again.

    Please help me out.
    Sorry you didn't succeed on your first try

    First, look at your scores and see where your weak spots are. Focus your studying on them. As for the reading comp and vocab...READ!! That is truly the best advice I could give you. Reading a dictionary/memorizing words won't give you a good working vocab knowledge.

    Personally, I did a lot of research/asking people what was on their tests to plan what to study for mine. I found that there was a lot of basic math. I'm weak in basic math since I've used a fancy graphing calculator religiously since 8th grade. I spent a night worth of studying just relearning how to add/subtract/mult/divide long numbers, fractions, decimals, etc. That saved my butt!! Yes, I know it's sad that I'm 20yro and can barely subtract by hand, but it was simple enough to relearn the skill.

    Also, personally, I checked out a PAX study guide from my school's library. I looked through it, but never really studied from it. It only shows you types of questions that MIGHT be on the test. It should serve to give you an outline of what to study for and how the Qs are worded, not the holy bible of study guides

    My asking fellow students about their tests helped my much more than the book did. I also lurked around forums like this one trying to pick up tips about past tests.

    You can't prepare for everything, but my advice is to focus on your known weak spots and strengthen those. If you are confident in your strong suits, you should have to really touch those and can't focus on where you need help.

    Also, DO NOT over study. Let me repeat this a few times: DO NOT OVER STUDY. DO NOT OVER STUDY. DO NOT OVER STUDY. Many of my pre-nursing classmates study every free moment they get and wind up doing horrible on the tests. Before the test, sure, review the material, but also bring a book or something to calm your nerves. I've found that if you over study and flip out, you are more likely to blank out on the test.

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!
  8. by   flockyman
    Firstly, I am so sorry it took me sometime to reply you back. I am so glad people like you are on here to support me. I am confidence I can pull this off. People said A&P and Chem are not classes to take in summer together but I made with high A's. I am taking micro and AP 2 this fall and I am well assured I will make it when next I seat for NLN again. Thank you so much for your concerns....Are you a student if CLC? if so, how the the program so far?

    Quote from CrimsonAlchemist
    Sorry you didn't succeed on your first try

    First, look at your scores and see where your weak spots are. Focus your studying on them. As for the reading comp and vocab...READ!! That is truly the best advice I could give you. Reading a dictionary/memorizing words won't give you a good working vocab knowledge.

    Personally, I did a lot of research/asking people what was on their tests to plan what to study for mine. I found that there was a lot of basic math. I'm weak in basic math since I've used a fancy graphing calculator religiously since 8th grade. I spent a night worth of studying just relearning how to add/subtract/mult/divide long numbers, fractions, decimals, etc. That saved my butt!! Yes, I know it's sad that I'm 20yro and can barely subtract by hand, but it was simple enough to relearn the skill.

    Also, personally, I checked out a PAX study guide from my school's library. I looked through it, but never really studied from it. It only shows you types of questions that MIGHT be on the test. It should serve to give you an outline of what to study for and how the Qs are worded, not the holy bible of study guides

    My asking fellow students about their tests helped my much more than the book did. I also lurked around forums like this one trying to pick up tips about past tests.

    You can't prepare for everything, but my advice is to focus on your known weak spots and strengthen those. If you are confident in your strong suits, you should have to really touch those and can't focus on where you need help.

    Also, DO NOT over study. Let me repeat this a few times: DO NOT OVER STUDY. DO NOT OVER STUDY. DO NOT OVER STUDY. Many of my pre-nursing classmates study every free moment they get and wind up doing horrible on the tests. Before the test, sure, review the material, but also bring a book or something to calm your nerves. I've found that if you over study and flip out, you are more likely to blank out on the test.

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!
  9. by   PedsHopeful
    Finally took this today. Verbal was pretty good, a few words I didnt know, but not many. Feel confident in that section. Math was the worse, and it wasnt because i didnt know how to do the problems, simply ran out of time. I finally went through, did the easiest ones right away and went back and did as many of the harder ones as I could. Still ended up guessing on about 6 of them due to lack of time which sucks. But they throw out twenty so lets hope they were part of that twenty. Science wasnt nearly as bad as I thought it would be. i went in expecting complicated physics questions and balancing chemistry equations but I didnt have any of that.

    Had 1 electrical diagram question(guessed), a few on the eyes, 3 on waves, one Ohm's question, the newton question about how much a typical adult weights, some graphs, question on a isotope, food web, . It was very basic stuff, nothing crazy. I felt pretty confident about that section, but who knows, I could be feeling confident and end up with 20 out of 60, LOL. So now I play the waiting game. Results are no longer mailed, they are posted on the NLN website online. So glad I am done with this.
  10. by   PedsHopeful
    I got my results back today, I did AWESOME! OMG, I cant believe it! The report is a bit different now than how its shown in the book.

    Verbal = # of items (60)
    % correct Score (81%)
    Relative Performance (92)

    Math = # of items (40)
    % correct Score (70%)
    Relative Performance (76)

    Science = # of items (60)
    % correct Score (71%)
    Relative Performance (91)

    Composite Score of 134, 94th percentile!!! If I dont get in with that score, then it wasnt mean to be, LOL! WOOT!
  11. by   shannonlwatts
    I take my NLN pre RN on Saturday! Excited and nervous don't even begin to explain it! I've been waiting for a test date for Hudson County College in NJ for months! Finally it's here! Wish me luck! any pointers are greatly appreciated!
  12. by   PedsHopeful
    Th science questions are really basic. I went in there expecting to have to balance chemistry equations, and do physics equations and I didnt have to. The questions asked are basic questions, the questions for the charts were really obvious from looking at the charts, forcus on knowing the terms in the science section. Know that:

    1 LB = 4.45 newtons So if the question asks you how many pounds a average child or adult is, take a common weight and times it by that. For adults its usually 500 newtons. Know your food wed, isotopes (what it is, ect). I spent most of my time studying science, so I was happily surprised by how basic it was.

    For math, concentrate on fractions, decimals, percentages. I memorized all the geometry equations but I only ended up using 2. The biggest problem with math is the lack of time. No matter how fast I multiplied and divided, I still wasnt fast enough and ended up guessing on 10, hence why I got a 76 for it. I am TERRIBLE at math, always have been, so for me to get a 76 was a huge accomplishment, LOL. I did every test in the book over and over, and marked the ones I did wrong, then did those repeatedly. So even though I KNEW how to do most of the problems in the section, i simply didnt have enough time. Time is your enemy here so be careful.

    Verbal, if you arent a reader, the best thing you can do is memorize prefixes and suffixes. I am a book worm so I didnt study for this section at all. There were a few words I didnt know, but not many, and they were pretty basic. I scored highest in the section. You have plenty of time for it.
  13. by   PedsHopeful
    And to be safe, memorize your physics equations.

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