I took the PSB PN today, and scored 79 points above the lowest score that was allowed for the lpn program last semester (341). I had a raw score of 48 (62nd percentile) in the academic aptitude area, though. It was the first portion of the test, and having terrible test anxiety, I "froze," so couldn't make the best use of my time. I did great in the science, spelling, and vocational adjustment portions (93rd, 95th, and 99th percentile), and so-so in the practical nursing situations portion (71st percentile).
One thing I'm not clear on- if I retest, do they use the second score to determine class standing (they are placing us in the program based solely on our PSB scores, and our GPAs will only come into play if they need to break a tie), or do they take the better of the two scores?I'm assuming that the second test supercedes the first.
I don't feel really confident that I'll be able to overcome my test anxiety and score a lot higher on the academic apptitude portion.I might end up scoring lower. It always takes me awhile to "settle in" to a test.
I could probably do better in the practical nursing situations, though, if I actually studied the prep book (I'm in A&P II right now, and couldn't find the time to study for both).I'll have a month to study before the retake, if I go that route.
The lady that gave me my test results said my scores were "very good," but I'm not really sure what that means.I don't know what the maximum attainable score is on the test (we did the academic apptitude, spelling, information in the natural sciences, judgement and comprehension in practical nursing situations, and vocational adjustment index portions).
Have any of you who deal with terrible test anxiety retaken the PSB PN and done better the second time around?