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Anyone ever consider retaking NCLEX just to see if you could still pass?

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It's not tough now either.

A matter of opinion.:twocents::twocents::twocents:

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I think that today's test is just plain silly. You don't need to have any real knowledge to pass it. It's turned in to a game of how well you can take a test. This is why you see those nurses...

I like this part "This is why you see those nurses.." ahaha.

I hope you are right about NCLEX being "plain silly"---many people that I know complain about it all dayyy.

I am not looking for a easy test---- I just want to take a test that is possible to do using what I learned in nursing school.

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OP, thanks for posting this. I took the NCLEX back in the 2 day, paper and pencil era and to me it was anti-climactic after nursing school. I didn't even study for it. So when I see these posts on here about failing the NCLEX multiple times, I wonder just how different the test is now. Or is it that nursing education is different? I would like to take a practice NCLEX just to see how I would do.....of course I wouldn't want it to count or anything !

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luvschoolnursing has 23 years experience as a LPN and specializes in School Nursing.

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I took the test in 1986. I don't think there was even the term "NCLEX" it was just State Boards. Wasn't that hard just LONG. Probably couldn't pass today because I haven't even worked in a hospital for 8 years and school nursing is a whole different animal, but it would be interesting to try.

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ohmeowzer RN is a RN and specializes in ob/gyn med /surg.

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nooo wayyyy !! good heaven once is enough !!!

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evolvingrn is a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice.

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OP, thanks for posting this. I took the NCLEX back in the 2 day, paper and pencil era and to me it was anti-climactic after nursing school. I didn't even study for it. So when I see these posts on here about failing the NCLEX multiple times, I wonder just how different the test is now. Or is it that nursing education is different? I would like to take a practice NCLEX just to see how I would do.....of course I wouldn't want it to count or anything !

I passed on my first try with 75 questions so understand im not bitter when i say this :). I think the content is harder now. i think that is a fact. The standards of passing were just raised again in april. and they will continue to be raised and reassessed. One of the nurses i precepted with told me that she wasn't really taught pathophysiolgy or critical thinking in her nursing education days (she was a diploma nurse) she siad it more about respecting drs, following orders and doing grunt work. I think that emphasis is much less now and its more about being a critical thinker and you see that in the style of questions. I also think with the 'trickiness' of the questions you loose people who actually know the content such as those for who english is a second language. almost all the people i see on here failing multiple times write with a style that would suggest english is not their first language. Imho their failing is not necessairly a sign of their incompetency , (while it may be) its likely that some are competent and fall victim to the style and wording of the test

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llg has 40 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

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I've always wondered about that myself. Since my career has been so specialized (NICU and Staff Development for 33 years), I would have to review things -- but I think I could do it if I reviewed. I do pretty well with the sample questions that people post here on allnurses.

I considered it an opportunity to "test myself" a little while ago when I decided to take the certification exam for my specialty. I had to go to the testing place, sit at the computer, and take 175 questions. It was a lot like taking the NCLEX as my ego was stake and the pressure was real. Had I failed, my ego would have been horribly bruised and I would have "wasted" a couple hundred dollars. If I passed, I would get an additional credential along with the ego boost.

Maybe some of you should consider doing that as a way to satisfy your curiosity.

BWW: I passed.

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Considering I only recently passed (75 questions) after being out of school more than ten years, I feel confident I could pass again. I actually think most nurses who work in a hospital and took the CAT exam could pass again if they took it because it isn't about testing your knowledge. I disagree that it's about how well you test as well, the CAT NCLEX is about testing your decision making skills. Passing requires a certain amount of content knowledge but if you don't know how to connect the dots it doesn't matter how much content you know, you won't pass.

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I've always wondered about that myself. Since my career has been so specialized (NICU and Staff Development for 33 years), I would have to review things -- but I think I could do it if I reviewed. I do pretty well with the sample questions that people post here on allnurses.

I considered it an opportunity to "test myself" a little while ago when I decided to take the certification exam for my specialty. I had to go to the testing place, sit at the computer, and take 175 questions. It was a lot like taking the NCLEX as my ego was stake and the pressure was real. Had I failed, my ego would have been horribly bruised and I would have "wasted" a couple hundred dollars. If I passed, I would get an additional credential along with the ego boost.

Maybe some of you should consider doing that as a way to satisfy your curiosity.

BWW: I passed.

As an RN, I took two different certification exams and passed both.

As a FNP, I took the ANCC exam and passed it.

I'm out of tests at the moment!

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NewTexasRN specializes in Ortho and Tele med/surg.

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HECK NO!!!!!:eek:

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realnursealso/LPN has 34 years experience as a LPN and specializes in Peds Homecare.

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I know I'm probably a masochist but I have been wondering for a while if I could still pass NCLEX after 25+ years out of school. There are so many threads about how hard it is to pass- I didn't think it was that tough when I took it 25 years ago. (I was a lousy student and I'm no brighter than average). Does anyone know if you can "audit" NCLEX? God!- what if I took it again and failed- wouldn't they have to take my licence?! Great, now that I've posted this, I'm going to have nightmares about NCLEX for the next week![/quote

I too, took the "State Boards", that's what they were called back then, long ago in 1980. I often wonder how hard they are now. Almost everyone in my class passed the first time. We didn't stress out, or spend hundreds of dollars on review classes.We had a Saunders review book we all bought along with our books. I remember being nervous, but once I started the 2 day long test, I seemed to know the answers. I would like to take it again also, but as a previous poster said, I don't want it to count..lol. Also I marvel at posters who stress out because they have to wait 3 days, we waited from April, until the middle of July before we found out. A tip was passed along about the envelope, if it was fat, don't look, because it had paperwork to reapply to take the boards. If it was skinny, it had your first registration certificate in it, you passed. All in all, I think we all remember that feeling, whether you are at a keyboard, or have an envelope in your hands!:nurse:

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I took the NCLEX back in September of 2009 and passed, thankfully. However, the standards for the NCLEX has gone up tremendously. I noticed it when I took the exam. After nursing school I took some off and I spent it studying for the NCLEX exam. Looking back on it, I beleive it was the best thing I could have done at the time because when it came time to take it I thought I was going to pass out any minute from nerves. The hours dragged on and I don't know at what point the computer shut me out because I had not idea how many questions I already had answered. Everything went blank and that was it! So, I spent the next 24 hours in agony- Kept checking the Board of Nursing website to find out if my license had been posted. I had never been so releived when it was over. No, I would never want to take it over, once was enough for me. The stress was too much to bare! :no:

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